Joanne Smith, IBA Caretaker for Riverton Sandy Bar has for a long while been exploring the possibility of improving habitat for nesting Piping Plovers via the removal of invasive sweet clover. By removing the sweet clover we hope that the increased areas of exposed sand will encourage Piping Plovers to nest again here as they did elsewhere in Manitoba in 2016. The arrangements are:
- Meet Friday September 30th, at 9:00 am at the Sandy Bar SAC Parking Lot. Sandy Bar is at the east end of PR329. Take HWY 8 to Riverton, turn east into the town of Riverton on PR 329 (this is the most southerly entrance into Riverton). Stay on this road until you end up at Sandy Bar. It will take you through the town, across the Icelandic River, onto gravel road, into the marsh area of this IBA and to the edge of the lake. Simply put, keep heading east on PR 329 and you’ll be there.
- Please bring gloves, food, drinks, long pants and extra layers. If it’s windy, the temperature could easily be 5 degrees or more colder out on the sand bar. This event will also require a mile walk in the sand and a short walk through thick bush.
- We will endeavour to bring some additional snacks and coffee
- If you know of any students who are working on volunteer credit hours, this may also be of interest.
Manitoba Conservation will also be putting up new boundary signs for this Special Conservation Area at this time.
According to Joanne ‘maybe you’ll have a chance at seeing horned larks, American pipits, Lapland longspurs, black-bellied plover or American golden plover as all of these species were seen on Oct. 1st of last year’.