Thursday, 16 August 2018 04:51

Conservation projects completed at Old-Man-on-His-Back

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Staff and volunteers after a successful weekend of fun Staff and volunteers after a successful weekend of fun Contributed by NCC

The Old-Man-on His-Back Prairie Heritage and Conservation Area was the site of the the annual Camp-Out Weekend. 


The camp out weekend was organized by The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)  which is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain.
To learn more you can visit natureconservancy.ca.
Old-Man-on His-Back Prairie Heritage and Conservation Area is the NCC's largest property in Saskatchewan. The property is an important part of preserving the native prairie landscape and it provides habitat for species like the endangered Spragues Pipit. 
The property also has a herd of 80 genetically pure Bison.
The annual camp out event is a chance for volunteers across Canada to visit this beautiful landscape and help preserve it.
 This year we had volunteers come from as far as Ontario, Alberta and of course all over Saskatchewan. 
Despite temperatures reaching some extreme levels, volunteers and staff had a wonderful weekend camping and learning about the plants animals that make OMB so special.
OMB is also designated a Dark Skies preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Telescopes were set up on the property so that in the evening some of the clearest skies in Canada could be observed.
It wasn't all fun and games though, as volunteers helped make essential alternations to fencing in the area to make it songbird friendly. 
They also help collect Sage brush for a project with the Calgary Zoo to help rehabilitate the critically endangered Greater Sage Grouse.
16 volunteers helped complete conservation activities including:
 capped 1,152 fence posts; these efforts prevent birds from falling into the fence posts and becoming trapped.
As well,120 lbs of Silver Sagebrush was collected for the Calgary Zoo’s Greater Sage Grouse captive breeding program and four Ferruginous Hawk platforms were built.
The event was a huge success and the NCC was thankful for all of the volunteers who came out this year. 

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