What’s in a number? Many volunteer hours at Keji

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Volunteers gathered to celebrate the more than 13,000 volunteer hours they contributed to conservation and restoration projects in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site and the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve.  The volunteer program, which is a collaboration of Parks Canada, the Friends of Keji, the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, Bird Studies Canada and Acadia University, is truly unique. It facilitates opportunities for people to contribute in meaningful ways, while providing exclusive experiences.

 

Thirteen thousand is a big number...so what’s in a number anyway?

 250: The number of kilometres of shoreline surveyed for Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora in southern Nova Scotia

25: The number of lakes monitored for loons as part of the LoonWatch program in Southern Nova Scotia.

1300: The number of hours Campground Hosts spent talking to visitors in Kejimkujik NP&NHS’s campground.

133: The number of American Eels live trapped in Kejimkujik as part of a population assessment.

1 million: The number of green crabs removed over three years as part of the Coastal Restoration Project in Kejimkujik Seaside. Volunteers also helped restore the eel grass population through planting in the lagoon.

46: The number of piping plover fledglings monitored on the beaches of Southern Nova Scotia. Volunteers also helped restore nesting habitat in Kejimkujik Seaside.

51: The number of Blanding’s Turtle nests protected in the three Nova Scotia populations by volunteers and community members

710: The number of Brook Trout tagged this year as part of the trout monitoring program in Kejimkujik NP&NHS.

107: The number of volunteers who gathered to celebrate all the great efforts from this year at an annual volunteer celebration last week.

 As you can tell, there is a lot in a number, as the more than 350 volunteers who contributed to this milestone year, which also had 16 new inductees into the Kejimkujik Walk of Honour (Keji’s version of the Walk of Fame), would tell you. The annual volunteer celebration highlighted a few programs, had several notable speeches, and was capped off with the “Volunteer of the Year” Award being given to Colin Gray for his continuing efforts.

There is always room for another set of hands to help out. You can follow the efforts on facebook, simply “like” the Kejimkujik-Southwest Nova Volunteer Programs facebook page. Contact volunteer.keji@pc.gc.ca to learn more and start your exclusive experience today!

 

Geographic location: Kejimkujik, Southern Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia

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