Published on Sat, 04/07/2018 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Volunteer ideas for nature lovers

National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21, is the perfect time to lend a hand in your community. With spring finally here, why not take advantage of the more comfortable temperatures and volunteer outdoors? There are many nature conservation volunteer opportunities where you can get some fresh air, meet others with similar interests and explore new areas, all while protecting nature and wildlife.

National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21, 2018, is the perfect time to lend a hand in your community.

Through its Conservation Volunteers program, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), the country’s leading private land conservation organization, offers Canadians a variety of important, hands-on and fun volunteer opportunities to keep nature top of mind:

Bye-bye invaders

Invasive species threaten native wildlife and can also lead to direct economic loss. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has called invasive species the second greatest threat to biodiversity around the world. Some, such as glossy buckthorn, are detrimental to forests, while others, such as leafy spurge and yellow flag iris, negatively impact crops and the quality of grazing lands. This spring and summer, you can do your part to help reduce the threats these invaders pose by assisting NCC with their removal.

When and where you can volunteer:

Date

Time

Province

Event Name

Location

April 20, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Ontario

Eviction Notice: Garlic Mustard – Part 1

Happy Valley Forest

April 28, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Ontario

Eviction Notice: Garlic Mustard – Part 2

Happy Valley Forest

May 13, 2018

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ontario

Garlic Mustard Pull and Pesto Party

Richard and Beryl Ivey Property

May 16, 2018

9:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Ontario

Pull Party!

Severn Woodlands Nature Reserve

May 18, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Ontario

Eviction Notice: Garlic Mustard – Part 3

Happy Valley Forest

May 18, 2018

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Ontario

Garlic Mustard Goodbye

Blacker Property - Lower Maitland River Valley

May 26, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Ontario

Eviction Notice: Garlic Mustard – Part 4

Happy Valley Forest

June 9, 2018

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Alberta

All Aboard for Grassland Health – Round 2!

Sandstone Ranch

June 13, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Alberta

Take Me to the River

Cervo II property

June 22, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Alberta

Let’s Pull Together

Connop property, Bragg Creek

 

Wild for wildlife

NCC offers the chance for volunteers to increase their knowledge of biodiversity by helping biologists observe and document wildlife species, including songbirds, waterfowl, butterflies and dragonflies. These species often act as canaries in the coal mine, meaning they have greater sensitivity to environmental changes than other species and can, in turn, indicate an ecosystem’s general health.

In the past, NCC has also given volunteers opportunities to create burrowing owl habitat and conduct bioblitzes (species counts) on endangered piping plover habitat.

When and where you can volunteer:

Date

Time

Province

Event name

Location

April 28, 2018

10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Alberta

Bee Box Installation at Glenbow Ranch

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

April 30, 2018

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saskatchewan

Don’t be Hawkward, Help us Find Hawks!

Avonlea

May 24, 2018

6 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Alberta

Early Bird Gets the Worm

Kallal property

June 9, 2018

7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Manitoba

East Shoal Lake Bird Survey

East Shoal Lake Property

June 23, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Ontario

Rice Lake Plains Butterfly Count 2018

Alderville Black Oak Savanna

June 23, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Torbay Gully Bird Survey

Torbay Gully

 

Happy trails for you

Building and upkeeping nature trails make enjoying nature safe and accessible, prevents people from walking on and damaging vegetation and contributes to the overall enjoyment, health and economic richness of local communities. This kind of volunteering may include installing directional signs, removing wayward vegetation and barbed wire fencing, and classifying the difficulty level of hiking trails.

When and where you can volunteer:

Date

Time

Province

Event name

Location

May 10, 2018

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Quebec

Green Point Trail Clean Up and Preparation

Point St. Peter

May 17, 2018

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Alberta

Suss out at Susut

Susut

May 26, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Quebec

Anti-buckthorn Squad: Fight Against Invasive Buckthorn!

Alvar d'Aylmer

June 2, 2018

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

New Brunswick

Musquash Trailblazer

Musquash Estuary

June 16, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

New Brunswick

Lincoln Trailblazer

Lincoln Wetland Nature Reserve

 

Beach sweeps

Every year, approximately 100,000 marine mammals and 100 million seabirds die from mistaking marine garbage for food. Small pieces of litter, such as fine netting, lobster bands, rope bits and pop bottle lids, are particularly fatal to shorebirds, fish and turtles, as they block their intestines when consumed.

This summer, you can help prevent this from happening by cleaning up coastlines. NCC is looking for several Conservation Volunteers to help maintain the safety and cleanliness of Canada’s East Coast shorelines for wildlife and people.

When and where you can volunteer:

Date

Time

Province

Event name

Location

April 28, 2018

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Ontario

Cleaning up Canada’s Deep South

Middle Point Woods Property

June 2, 2018

11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Manitoba

Turtle River Marshes Clean-up

Turtle River Marshes

June 16, 2018

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Quebec

Cleanup Activity at île à l’Aigle

Ile à l'Aigle

 

For more information about the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Conservation Volunteers program, including further event details and other ways you can help, please visit conservationvolunteers.ca. This program has been made possible thanks to the support of Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, the National Sponsor of NCC’s Conservation Volunteers program.

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