Hazel Bird look-out, Rice Lake Plains, ON (Photo by NCC)

Hazel Bird look-out, Rice Lake Plains, ON (Photo by NCC)

Hazel Bird Day

Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) for our inaugural Hazel Bird Day on the Rice Lake Plains

Saturday, May 12, 2018
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hazel Bird Nature Reserve
4639 Robson Rd, Baltimore, Hamilton Township
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Come and celebrate birds, conservation and the people who make NCC’s work possible. Enjoy this family-friendly event with hikes, talks and a BBQ lunch at the Hazel Bird Nature Reserve, just 20 minutes north of Cobourg.

About the Hazel Bird Nature Reserve

The beautiful view overlooking NCC’s Hazel Bird Nature Reserve, ON (Photo by NCC)

The beautiful view overlooking NCC’s Hazel Bird Nature Reserve, ON (Photo by NCC)

With a passion for saving the eastern blue bird, Hazel Bird spent countless hours trekking the Rice Lake Plains checking the nest boxes she built. Today, the piece of land she once spent so much time on is known as the Hazel Bird Nature Reserve, one of NCC’s feature properties within the Rice Lake Plains Natural Area.

Located on the Oak Ridges Moraine between Cobourg and Rice Lake, the Rice Lake Plains Natural Area contains some of the largest tracts of tall grass prairie and oak savannah ecosystems remaining in Ontario. Once dominated by massive black and white oak and grasses like big bluestem, Indian grass and switchgrass that grew more than two metres high, today, the Rice Lake Plains are badly fragmented and overgrown with non-native species. A refuge for species at risk, including many grassland birds and eastern hog-nosed snake, the Rice Lake Plains remain a priority for conservation.

About World Migratory Bird Day

This year commemorates the 25th anniversary of International Migratory Bird Day (now World Migratory Bird Day), the first hemisphere-wide celebration of migratory birds. This annual event highlights the need to protect migratory birds and conserve their habitats, which range from Canada to Argentina and the Caribbean. Find out more at migratorybirdday.org.

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