Reidville Nature Reserve, Newfoundland and Labrador (Photo by NCC)

Reidville Nature Reserve, Newfoundland and Labrador (Photo by NCC)

Poplar planting, duck boxes and mating plovers

Piping plover (photo by Natural Resources Canada)

Piping plover (photo by Natural Resources Canada)

At the end of May, Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) staffers Kathy Unger and Megan Lafferty headed to the west coast for the first stewardship trip of the 2016 field season. In a whirlwind right days, Kathy and Megan covered a lot of ground between Corner Brook and Port aux Basques, where they did site visits and monitoring on NCC’s Black Ash, Van Horne, Sandy Point and Codroy Valley properties. 

They also hosted a Conservation Volunteers event, planting 75 balsam poplar cuttings along an exposed riverbank of the Crabbes River (overall, volunteers planted nearly 200 cuttings in the area), to help protect one of the best salmon habitats on the west coast. A rainy day didn’t dampen spirits because it was excellent planting weather! 

In the Codroy Valley, Kathy and Megan worked with Ducks Unlimited Canada to teach elementary students about waterfowl at a nearby estuary. The lesson involved installing three nest boxes on which the students will be keeping an eye. Other highlights included signs of conservation progress: two osprey nests were observed on NCC properties and two piping plovers (an endangered species) were spotted mating on the beaches of Sandy Point!

NCC staff are planning to return to beautiful Sandy Point in August for another Conservation Volunteers event: removing garbage and marine debris that could threaten shorebirds. Volunteers are welcome. Please pre-register online for this popular event.

To learn more about the Conservation Volunteers events and up-to-date information, and to sign up, please visit www.conservationvolunteers.ca or call 1-877-231-4400.

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