Rice Lake Plains butterfly count, ON (Photo by NCC)

Rice Lake Plains butterfly count, ON (Photo by NCC)

Thank you to our volunteers

Minesing Wetlands bioblitz, ON (Photo by NCC)

Minesing Wetlands bioblitz, ON (Photo by NCC)

With your help, we really made an impact for conservation

2017 was a great year for conservation in Ontario, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Conservation Volunteers. With more than 3,000 hours donated to work, such as removing invasive species, planting trees and counting butterflies, the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) volunteers helped staff with important stewardship work across the province.

Your impact in Ontario

With your help, we accomplished a lot!

With your help, we accomplished a lot!

From east to west

NCC hosted more than 40 events on more than 20 properties. Participants worked among the trilliums in Happy Valley Forest to evict 18 garbage bags of invasive garlic mustard this spring. Twenty students from Fleming College (Frost Campus) planted 628 native tall grass prairie wildflower and grass seeds and plugs at NCC’s Hazel Bird property. Over two days volunteers came out to count and identify dragonflies and butterflies on the Carden Alvar. Scroll down to find out more about NCC’s 2017 Conservation Volunteers events in Ontario.

Counting butterflies, dragonflies and more!

This summer, 155 volunteers came out to help us conduct species counts on the Carden Alvar, Minesing Wetlands and Rice Lake Plains.

  • Carden Alvar dragonfly count, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Carden Alvar dragonfly count, ON (Photo by NCC)
  • Halloween pennant, Carden Alvar dragonfly count, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Halloween pennant, Carden Alvar dragonfly count, ON (Photo by NCC)
  • Minesing Wetlands bioblitz, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Minesing Wetlands bioblitz, ON (Photo by NCC)
  • Minesing Wetlands dragonfly count, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Minesing Wetlands dragonfly count, ON (Photo by NCC)

 

Cleaning up for conservation

NCC held two annual garbage cleanups – one on the roadside beside Backus Woods and the other along the shores of Lake Erie on Pelee Island.

  • Backus Woods roadside cleanup, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Backus Woods roadside cleanup, ON (Photo by NCC)
  • Pelee Island shoreline cleanup, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Pelee Island shoreline cleanup, ON (Photo by NCC)

 

Eliminating the invaders

Volunteers helped NCC staff remove non-native, invasive buckthorn, dog-strangling vine, garlic mustard, common reed and Scotch pine from NCC conservation lands throughout Ontario.

  • Blast the buckthorn and harass the honeysuckle, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Blast the buckthorn and harass the honeysuckle, ON (Photo by NCC)
  • Garlic mustard removal in Happy Valley Forest, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Garlic mustard removal in Happy Valley Forest, ON (Photo by NCC)
  • Garlic mustard removal on Pelee Island, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Garlic mustard removal on Pelee Island, ON (Photo by NCC)
  • Removing invasive buckthorn on the Frontenac Arch, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Removing invasive buckthorn on the Frontenac Arch, ON (Photo by NCC)
  • Removing garlic mustard on the Severn Woodlands, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Removing garlic mustard on the Severn Woodlands, ON (Photo by NCC)
  • Removing common reed on the Frontenac Arch, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Removing common reed on the Frontenac Arch, ON (Photo by NCC)
  • Pulling garlic mustard from Milburn Creek, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Pulling garlic mustard from Milburn Creek, ON (Photo by NCC)
  • Removing invasive Scotch pine, Lower Maitland River Valley, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Removing invasive Scotch pine, Lower Maitland River Valley, ON (Photo by NCC)

 

Remove, repair, restore

Ensuring that our natural areas are as healthy as possible takes a lot of work. This year, Conservation Volunteers helped to remove hedgerows, plant trees and native flowers, and restore stream banks.

  • Fleming College prairie planting, Rice Lake Plains, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Fleming College prairie planting, Rice Lake Plains, ON (Photo by NCC)
  • Seeding wetland habitat on the Creemore Nature Preserve, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Seeding wetland habitat on the Creemore Nature Preserve, ON (Photo by NCC)
  • Hedgerow removal, Norfolk ON (photo by NCC)
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    Hedgerow removal, Norfolk ON (photo by NCC)
  • Tree planing on the Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Tree planting on the Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by NCC)
  • Stream restoration on the Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Stream restoration on the Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by NCC)
  • Livestaking on the Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Livestaking on the Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by NCC)
  • Tree planting on the Lower Maitland River Valley, ON (Photo by NCC)
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    Tree planting on the Lower Maitland River Valley, ON (Photo by NCC)

 




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