Nature Alberta — May Plant Count: May 25-31, 2019

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). 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. Please contact us at: to sign up and to receive the 2019 MPC information package.
Please submit a scanned copy or photo of your original datasheet (or even better, with the data entered in the Excel spreadsheet: MPC-Vascular-Plants-DataEntry-2019,) to this email: by June 15th.
Attached is last year's list in pdf format: Nature Calgary List.

Spring Newsletter

Click here for our Spring Newsletter:

A New Parks and Pathways Bylaw

The proposed text for a new Parks and Pathways Bylaw can be found by clicking here:

Community Newsletters

To read the current News from the Friends of Nose Hill in Community Newsletters, just follow this link:
There is also an archive of some past copies.

Seven New Book Reviews for 2018

Click here to read new reviews:

New Mailing Address

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

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.

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.

Friends of Nose Hill Society Membership Fee

Our membership fee is $20.00.

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.