Who’s Hooting: Fort Ellice Evening Owl Survey

Event Details

April 9th, 2019, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Fort Ellice, Manitoba
Inventories and Monitoring

Join NCC and students from Park West School Division’s Nature Studies class for an evening of birding by moonlight! This is a chance to learn more about Manitoba’s owls while contributing to a long-term citizen science project. The data collected will be used to inform conservation planning and incorporated into the Manitoba Nocturnal Owl Survey project.

Kicking off a half-hour after sunset, volunteers will participate on either a driving or hiking/snowshoeing owl survey route at the Fort Ellice project, near St. Lazare.

There are no maintained trails and deep snow may be present, headlamps will be provided!

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More Information

About Fort Ellice

Fort Ellice is located at the confluence of Beaver Creek and the Assiniboine River near the town of St. Lazare, just east of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Border.  The property is comprised of a diversity of habitats including aspen forest, oak savanna, riparian woodlands mixed-grass prairie, sandhill prairie, and freshwater springs. This area provides important habitat for grassland-birds, large mammals, and numerous rare and at-risk species.

What you will be doing

Teams of surveyors will follow pre-determined routes (either hiking or driving) through the area, stopping at regular intervals to identify and record calls from owls and other nocturnal birds. All training and equipment will be provided.

Why you will love it

Participants will get the chance to explore Fort Ellice after dark, meet new people, and learn more about Manitoba's owls!


Contact Marika Olynyk: manitoba@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

In the event of high winds or stormy weather the event will be postponed, NCC staff will notify you if the date will change.

People of all fitness levels can participate
Running water and flush toilets
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Layers of warm clothing
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Snowshoes (if you have them)
  • Water Bottle
  • Any necessary medications