Volunteering for Nature: Nature Conservancy of Canada Makes Volunteering Great Fun
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is pleased to offer Saskatchewan residents many opportunities to be in nature in the coming weeks and months.
People who lend a helping hand at the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Conservation Volunteers events may be asked to identify and record wildlife species on a property, build birdhouses, or even remove old fence.
A mere few hours of assistance makes a huge contribution to the conservation of natural areas in Saskatchewan.
Volunteers will be in great company, too, as these events are sponsored by The Mosaic Company (Mosaic) and SaskEnergy, and led by NCC Saskatchewan staff.
Mosaic's and SaskEnergy's generous support of NCC's Conservation Volunteers events demonstrates strong commitment to a sustainable future for us all, a goal readily shared with NCC.
"Mosaic's sponsorship of the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Saskatchewan's Conservation Volunteers program is helping conserve ecologically significant natural lands right here in our province," says Sarah Fedorchuk, Mosaic's Senior Director of Public Affairs. "Volunteers through NCC's Conservation Volunteers program foster biodiversity and habitat conservation. We all have an obligation to ensure our natural environment is healthy and strong. Working with the NCC in Saskatchewan is a great way to meet this goal."
"SaskEnergy has worked closely with the Nature Conservancy of Canada providing subsidized office space in our Regina head office for nearly 15 years so they can focus their resources on what they do best—conserving wild spaces," says Leslie Gosselin, Manager of Advertising and Community Relations at SaskEnergy. "Our employees are ready to spend a day with NCC, restoring prairie spaces to a natural state for wildlife to inhabit once again."
Here's the line-up of Nature Conservancy of Canada's volunteer events in Saskatchewan for this year:
Wise Property Seedling Spree, held 9AM-4PM on Saturday, May 7
NCC's Wise property is 75 minutes by vehicle west of Prince Albert, nestled in the transition zone between the southern prairies and the northern boreal forest. Volunteers will plant seedlings in the Aspen Parkland region of central Saskatchewan.
Piping Plover Census at Mather Lake, held 9AM-3PM on Friday, June 10
NCC's Mather Lake property is 75 minutes by vehicle southwest of Weyburn. Shoreline around the lake is great piping plover habitat. An international piping plover census with bird counts conducted every five years, is being held this year to count and record populations of this federally listed endangered species. Data collected by volunteers will contribute to the international census and to global conservation of this species.
Piping Plover Census at Shoe Lake, held 9AM-3PM on Saturday, June 11
Volunteers are invited to bring their children to NCC's Shoe Lake property, located 90 minutes by vehicle south of Moose Jaw in the beautiful Missouri Coteau. An international piping plover census with bird counts conducted every five years, is being held this year to count and record populations of this federally listed endangered species. Data collected by volunteers will contribute to the international census and to global conservation of this species.
Burdock Blitz at Fairy Hill, held 9AM-3PM on Friday, June 24
NCC's Fairy Hill is 30 minutes by vehicle north of Regina along the beautiful Qu'Appelle Valley. Common burdock, a noxious invasive plant with large burs that catch on the fur of livestock and wildlife, can fatally entangle small birds and bats. Volunteers will help NCC staff remove burdock plants to stop the spread.
Nebo Bioblitz, held 9AM-4PM on Saturday, July 9
NCC's Nebo property is 50 minutes by vehicle west of Prince Albert in the West Parklands, amid the transition from the northern boreal forest to the southern prairie grasslands. Volunteers will inventory all plants, birds, mammals and insects while enjoying these stunning natural lands.
Old Man on His Back Native Prairie Extravaganza, beginning 9AM Saturday and continuing Sunday, August 13-14
NCC's flagship property in Saskatchewan, Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation area is two hours by vehicle south of Swift Current in the Milk River Watershed. Volunteers are invited to camp through the weekend at this recently designated Nocturnal Preserve, offering extraordinary night stargazing with clear weather. During daytime, volunteers will tidy the bison handling facilities, cap fence posts and place markers along fence lines to increase their visibility for greater sage grouse. Plastic caps are placed on the tops of hollow metal fence posts to prevent fledgling birds from falling inside the posts where they can become trapped and die.
Weeds and Wire Wipeout, Asquith North 3, held 9:30AM-3PM on Saturday, August 27
NCC's Asquith North 3 is 40 minutes west of Saskatoon and part of the Saskatoon Prairie Natural Area. Volunteers are invited to remove weeds and help clean up old page wire fencing. Old wire is dangerous for wildlife, as it is often loose and covered by grasses, making it difficult to see and easy for them to become tangled within.
Edenwold Fence Pull 2, held 10AM-4PM on Saturday, September 17
NCC's Edenwold property is 45 minutes by vehicle northeast of Regina in Saskatchewan's East Parklands. Volunteers will help NCC staff remove old fencing, obstacles that present danger and are a potential barrier for wildlife to move across the area.
In Saskatchewan, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has conserved over 150,000 acres (60,700 hectares) of ecologically significant land through land donations, purchases and conservation agreements.
The NCC owns and manages properties in many southern and central Saskatchewan communities around the Quill Lakes, Shaunavon, Hafford, Prince Albert, Carlyle, Claydon, Maple Creek, Wynyard, Edenwold, Maymont and more. We provide public, on-foot access on almost all of our properties.
NCC's partnerships include grazing leases with landowners and community pasture patrons for long term conservation. Some of NCC's ongoing partners include the Government of Saskatchewan, Government of Canada, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Lone Tree Community Pastures, and more.
For six consecutive years, MoneySense Magazine has ranked the NCC the top Canadian environmental charity in its annual evaluation of the top 100 charities across the country. Eighty-three per cent of donations to NCC go directly to on-the-ground conservation of Canada's natural spaces and wildlife, including species at risk. NCC conserves land in perpetuity—our living heritage—so donations and volunteer efforts literally last forever!
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading private, not-for-profit land conservation organization, protecting vital natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped protect more than 2.8 million acres (1.1 million hectares), coast to coast.
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