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The Big Pull is back: Saturday April 8

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Big Pull returns, Saturday April 8, from 10 to noon. Help your local wildlife area this Easter Saturday to be rid of invasive Garlic Mustard and protect the plant diversity of this internationally recognized Important Bird Area. All ages welcome! Make it a family event.

Tiny Marsh is a key stop-over and breeding habitat for migrating birds as well as the year-round home of many wonderful creatures such as Bald Eagles, Painted Turtles and Beaver.

Meet at the Interpretive Centre (500 Tiny-Flos Townline, off County Rd. 6). Wear long sleeves and pants, sturdy footwear, a hat and gloves. Bring a water bottle. A tool to lever out the root – a dandelion weeder or small trowel is helpful. Bring one or use one of ours.

Garlic Mustard is an invasive herb native to Europe. It was brought to North America in the early 1800s for use as a nutritious edible herb. Since its arrival in North America it has escaped into the wild and is now one of Ontario’s most aggressive forest invaders, crowding out native plants, including tree seedlings (the next generation for the forest) and woodland plants like Trillium and Trout Lily.

Garlic Mustard seeds are easily spread by people and animals. They can remain in the soil for up to 30 years and still be able to sprout. The plant’s roots release chemicals that adversely affect the growth of other plants. The plant can grow in a wide range of sunny and fully shaded habitats. It does not provide a valuable food source or habitat for native wildlife.

For more information email info@mtmconservation.org or call 705-322-2545.


April 8
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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MTM Conservation Organization
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Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area
500 Tiny Flos Townline
Elmvale, Ontario
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To submit your public events for consideration, email Noah Cole at noahc@ontarionature.org. Please send well in advance and allow up to two weeks for posting. Events must be submitted by a member group or run jointly with Ontario Nature.