Volunteer with us this summer in Prince Edward Island!
Josh Noseworthy takes a core sample from a spruce tree on Governor's Island, one of several properties acquired and afforded protection on PEI through the efforts of NCC (Photo by Sean Landsman)
Spring is in the air, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is getting ready to offer another summer season of hands-on conservation volunteer events throughout Prince Edward Island. If you love the outdoors, enjoy meeting like-minded people and can volunteer a few hours of your time, we’ll give you some fun ways to give back to nature! Spend a day with NCC staff and volunteers: we’ll be clearing trails, planting trees and cleaning beaches on our nature reserves near Saint John and Moncton. Space is limited so early registration is recommended. Please visit our website to register or contact Courtney Thompson at 506-450-6010.
Boughton Island Kayak Kleanup – July 22
Help us clean the shores of Boughton Island, the third largest island off the coast of PEI. Garbage tends to accumulate along the shoreline of Boughton Island, including a large number of styrofoam buoys, nets, rope and barrels. This debris can have negative effects on wildlife through entanglement or ingestion. Volunteers will kayak out to the shores of the island and pick up this garbage, collecting it in large piles along the beach to be picked up by boat.
Our volunteers will love the beautiful sand beaches and dunes, and will have the opportunity to see different kinds of seaweed, various shorebirds, a family of bald eagles, great blue herons, and if we're lucky, endangered piping plover! Kayaking around the island is also a breathtaking and worthwhile trip, and usually attracts the attention of the bald eagles, who may join us and circle overhead.
"Owl" build you a nest box – August 19th
This event is for the birds — literally! If you love our little feathered friends as much as NCC, join us in building nesting boxes! These wooden boxes are perfect for providing homes to cavity-nesting birds like owls and woodpeckers, as well as cavity-nesting mammals like flying squirrels.
Volunteers will be given a demonstration on how to build wooden nesting boxes, and then will be set to work! Wood will already be cut to size and volunteers will need to assemble the boxes. Staff will be there to supervise and help as needed. The materials and space is being donated to NCC by Birdmouse, a grassroots company in Cardigan, PEI.
This is very hands-on work. The nesting boxes our volunteers build will be installed throughout NCC's Howe Bay Nature Reserve at a later date. The nesting boxes will provide more habitat for the woodpeckers, owls, flying squirrels and other cavity nesters who use the Howe Bay area. Volunteers are also encouraged to use what they learn at the workshop to build nesting boxes for their own backyards!
Hit the ground muddin’ – Percival River Garbage Run – October 14th
Roll up your sleeves and join NCC this fall to help clean garbage and marine debris off the shores of our beautiful Percival River Nature Reserve! For this event, we will be hiking into the wetland and shoreline area to collect garbage and marine debris. Volunteers will be tracking this waste using the Marine Debris Tracker app to help collect data for marine debris research.
Volunteers will be reducing the risks that shoreline litter pose on wildlife, such as choking, ingestion and entanglement. Volunteers will also get to experience a rare sight in PEI: pristine forested river and wetlands. Birders can get excited too, as we will have the chance to see plenty of waterfowl species that use the area during fall migration along the Atlantic Flyway.