Fort Ellice Grassland. Photo by NCC.

Fort Ellice Grassland. Photo by NCC.

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Chestnut-collared longspur (Photo by Christian Artuso, iNaturalist, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

Chestnut-collared longspur (Photo by Christian Artuso, iNaturalist, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

Fort Ellice is a gem and a rare conservation opportunity. This 261-hectare (644-acre) parcel of land is the key land holding that will copmlete one of the last large intact expanses of native prairie grassland in Manitoba.

Grasslands, like those on Fort Ellice, have long been synonymous with Canada’s Prairie provinces.

The species-rich land here is comprised of mixed-grass prairie, aspen forests, riverbank and floodplain forests. It also shelters sandhill prairie and sand dunes, wetlands, streams, freshwater springs and willow shrublands.

Large mammals, like elk, moose and Canada lynx, roam the property. Threatened birds, such as loggerhead shrike, Baird’s sparrow, Sprague’s pipit and chestnut-collared longspur, depend upon the unique grassland habitat for survival.

While the foundation to conserve this property has been set, thanks to the generosity of Canadians, there is still much work to do be done. The Nature Conservancy of Canada's vision includes restoring portions of the property that were previously degraded.

This is your chance to be part of the conservation and stewardship of this important historical place; a place that provides a connection to the land for today, and for tomorrow.

Visit www.fortellice.ca to learn more and make a donation!

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