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New Mailing Address

Friends of Nose Hill Society has MOVED.
Our New Mailing Address is:
PO Box 45024 Brentwood PO
Calgary AB T2L 1Y4.

Spring Newsletter

Click here for our Spring Newsletter:


To read the current News from the Friends of Nose Hill in Community Newsletters, just follow this link: http://mycalgary.com/friends-of-nose-hill/news-from-the-friends-of-nose-hill-may/
There is also an archive of some past copies.

FONHS Guided Walks on Nose Hill

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by joining us for a birding walk on Nose Hill. May is the peak time for migrating birds to return to Calgary, especially the song birds. It is a time when they are actively searching for and establishing nesting sites. The males will be singing to attract a mate. They tend to be most active from sunrise till 10am, hence the early start for the walk. Here is a link to past bird observations the species that may be seen on the hill.

1. A Birding Walk on Saturday May 12, starting @ 8:30 a.m. Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by joining us. May is the peak time for migrating birds to return to Calgary, especially songbirds. It is a time when they are actively searching for and establishing nesting sites. The males will be singing to attract a mate. They tend to be most active from sunrise till 10am, hence the early start for the walk.

2. A Flower Walk on Wednesday May 23, starting at @ 7 p.m. (for 2 hours), to identify flowers and discuss the May Count of Plants in Bloom. Both walks will start at the Nose Hill parking lot at 14 St & 64 Ave NW.

Our guide, John McFaul, is a professional naturalist who has been leading nature walks and hikes for 30 years. He received a BSc degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Calgary. John is an honourary member of the Calgary Field Naturalists' Society (Nature Calgary). He is an accredited Professional Interpreter with the Interpretive Guides Association.

Please register for the walks by emailing: information@fonhs.org



Nature Alberta — May Plant Count: May 25-31, 2018

The May Plant Count (MPC) is an annual event where volunteers survey their favorite natural area to provide valuable information on the distribution and phenology of flowering plants in Alberta during the last week of May (May 25-31). MPC is a Nature Alberta citizen science initiative supported by the ANPC. It's a great opportunity to shake off the rust from our plant identification skills that has accumulated over the winter and conduct a fun "trek and check" through your favourite natural space. Expertise in wildflower identification is valuable, but not mandatory. Kim MacKenzie will be once again coordinating the MPC so please contact Kim at kim.mack@goldpaw.ca to sign up and to receive the 2018 MPC information package.
OR, use our form: Alphabetical Flower List, which includes space to record how far in bloom the flowers are and email that to Kim.




Pathway and Bikeway Plan Update (Transportation Planning)

The plan from 2000 is currently being updated to reflect changes to the existing network, updated connections, and approved policies. Prioritization will also be reviewed. Determine new pathways, bikeways and missing connections to improve connectivity city-wide, including to the Genesis Centre currently underway. It is anticipated that the final plan will be presented to Council in 2018 Q3.



Motion-Activated Wildlife Cameras

The City has set up nearly 70 motion-activated wildlife cameras in areas animals use to get around the Calgary. The cameras are in 12 parks across Calgary with a focus on the west and north sides of the city. These cameras don't just show what species are present but also where they move. Tens of thousands of pictures of passing animals have been captured by the solar-powered cameras. Pictures of humans are immediately deleted. There is now photographic evidence of raccoons in Calgary, from Fish Creek to Panorama. A citizen science initiative has been launched on the volunteer research website Zooniverse to enlist the help of Calgarians to "crowdsource" the identification of images.
https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/calgary-captured/calgary-captured

Calgary Parks & Pathway Bylaw Review :: Engage

The Parks & Pathway Bylaw is being reviewed. The deadline for feedback has passed.

Click here for the survey: Parks and Pathways Bylaw Review

The current bylaw can be found here: Current Bylaw

Timeline:

  • 2017: Internal research & input
  • February/March 2018: Public Engagement
  • Spring/Summer 2018: Project team to determine next steps
  • Fall 2018: Updated Bylaw drafted and presented to Council for approval


Friends of Nose Hill
2017 Amateur Photo Contest Winners

1. Flora and Fauna of Nose Hill Park

First place winner and Best in Show:

Lady Bug on a Flower Jim Walling

Second place winner:

Coyote Dave Simms

Third place winner:

Man with his dog "Kiss Before the Storm" Sharon Carltons

2. Environmental Threats
First place winner:

Dumped tank Brendan McPhail

3. Landscapes and Skyviews of Nose Hill
First place winner:

Buck on the prairie Jim Walling

Second place winner:

Trees and Lake in the fog Brendan McPhail

Third place winner:

Trail on the prairie with clouds and blue sky Alex Zhao

4. Astrophotography
First place winner:

Night sky with stars Brendan McPhail

Second place winner:

Sunset behind the plants Alex Zhao


Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who entered.

Four New Book Reviews

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Nose Hill Trail and Pathway Plan

Over the past few years, a number of projects were done in Nose Hill Park as part of the implementation of the Nose Hill Trail and Pathway Plan. The controversial plan was approved by Council in July 2005 and construction began in 2006, with asphalt paving. Project plans are on the city website and there is a map with an update on our website.

Construction activities continue and focus on the following work:

  • Building primary (gravel) trails, timber landscape stairs for problem grades, and stabilized tread (dirt - single track) trails.
  • Other options are to re-vegetate trails naturally, ploughing a trail to a shallow depth, and reseeding. The length will be decided in the field, depending on the sightlines, and to the satisfaction of the City Project Manager.

One of our members said: "I hope all is in order but I was alarmed to see a backhoe parked above Charleswood & John Laurie, south of the gulley from Brisebois Drive. I hope there is no plan to pave or gravel that path along the ridge crest. We have so many paved and manicured paths already on the Hill."

Here is an answer from the Zone 3 Parks Superintendent to the Ward 4 Councillor:
"The backhoe is being used to construct the formal gravel trail that is on the attached construction drawings in a little square. It will be a designated trail replacing a worn desire line trail. The construction of the stairway and designated trails have gone as planned this year and look great."



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Friends of Nose Hill Society Membership Fee

Our 2017 membership fee is $20.00.


The North Calgary Water Servicing Project

As part of a long-term plan for the water supply system, The North Calgary Water Servicing project is now underway. A new water supply line (main) is required to service future development and to ensure the sustainability of the water supply system in north Calgary.

The Nose Hill Park portion of the project will be completed in two phases:

Phase 1: Soil Sampling (Mid-February - Early April 2017)
Phase 2: Construction (Summer 2017- Summer 2018)





The Society

This site is intended to serve the members of the Society. We also welcome visitors and encourage them to contact us and contribute information about the Park. Nose Hill Park is the largest natural area urban park in Canada, covering approximately 2700 acres in north central Calgary, Alberta. It offers a unique prairie grassland environment and a ready escape from the pressures of the modern city.

The Friends of Nose Hill Society is an incorporated society dedicated to the protection of the Park for the benefit of all Calgarians. The objectives of the Society are:

  • to advocate the preservation of Nose Hill Natural Environment Park in its natural state;
  • to provide information, awareness and education for the preservation of the Park;
  • organize and encourage volunteer participation in the Park;
  • to liaise with special interest groups concerned with the Park.

The Friends of Nose Hill Society Annual General Meeting was held last November. Board meetings are held once a month. All members are welcome to attend. Email for information on the time and location of the meeting.