One man’s legacy
As he approached the end of his life, Bill Nevistiuk set in motion a partnership with NCC that would see most of his properties set aside for conservation.
Nevistiuk had a true passion for nature. He loved animals of all kinds and could often be found planting new trees and caring for them on his properties.
“My brother Bill always dreamed of conserving his lands. Even way back when, he loved nature and wildlife,” said Andrew Nevistiuk. “He always enjoyed the migration. The migratory flight went right over his property and he really enjoyed listening to them gather in the fall and waited for them to return in the spring.”
This past year, NCC acquired Bill’s Blue Wing property. Located near Riding Mountain National Park, Blue Wing is particularly notable for its wetlands. These wetlands are heavily used by waterfowl, including American wigeon, bufflehead, mallard, gadwall, blue-winged teal, ring-necked duck and Canada goose as well as marsh wren. In the spring, the smaller wetlands are important for duck breeding.