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Winter home of the Snow Geese and one of Canada's top birdwatching sites.
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Current Volunteer Postings

Last updated October 31, 2016

Our regular bi-weekly Saturday Bird Survey Team January to April 2017 (see posting)

Since 2012, we have been conducting regular surveys of the Sanctuary every other Saturday morning. Although we have had lots of volunteers in 2016, some of them have moved on to other tasks, so there are opportunities now to sign up for the following three to four month term. We give preference to university and college students.

Winter Weekend Warriors (see posting )

Sunny days, Snow Geese viewing opportunities and the likelihood of seeing Owls often brings large crowds to the Sanctuary in winter, and we have found it very helpful to have a small team of weekend volunteers to supplement our staff on site. The goal is to make sure the visitors are doing okay and to inform them of interesting birds or to remind them of the rules. This can be both very challenging and very rewarding.

Museum Docent

We are seeking a person willing to open the museum to the public for a few hours Sunday, answer visitor questions, but mainly just to be present so that the room is supervised. This position is ideal for someone who knows about the Sanctuary (preferably a long-term member) and is willing to spend a few hours a week indoors instead of out on the trails. Come and talk to either Varri or Kathleen at the Gift Shop if you would like to be considered.

Short-term Work Parties

Although we sometimes use volunteers for trail maintenance and for habitat work, there is not a set schedule and this kind of activity is usually reduced in winter to avoid disturbing the birds. However, we will be tackling the following projects in the next few months.They involve manual labour and getting grubby. If you are, interested in these tasks, send us an email and we will contact you when we have dates set. Many hands make light work.

  • "Tractor, Trailer, Shovel and Rake", also known as adding a little more trail surface gravel to tidy up muddy spots and give people a little more traction in some slippery areas. We are likely to be doing this along the main trails through the pond system in November.
  • " Snow Safety Patrol". If we get a heavy snowfall, we always have to judge whether to even open the Sanctuary, as Westham Island Roads are often not ploughed right away and the bridge at Canoe Pass is sometimes a limiting factor for some cars. We have people on call to plough our driveway, but that is also a bit of a wait. In spite of all of these initial barriers, however, once roads are navigable, visitors do like to visit our trails, and we would love to have help making them safe by sweeping off stairs, and making certain paths are clear. Leave your name if you are local and willing to help for these short-term efforts.


We ask volunteers to complete a volunteer application form for our files at the time that you start working as a volunteer. The form is under revision right now, but will be available at the Gift Shop.


Ever wonder how we keep miraculously producing new supplies of brown seed bag treats, even after a hectic weekend when hundreds of bags of grain have gone down the gullets of the ducks?

Eric and Eileen are just two of our seed-bagging volunteers, but they are voted most likely to take on the challenge of getting us all up to date and filling all the "empties" just in one morning.

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