Welcome to the Friends of Nose Hill Society Web Site.

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.


From Steven Snell:
Hello biodiversity stakeholders,

You likely last heard from us when you had the opportunity to provide input into the outline of City of Calgary’s biodiversity strategic action plan. For those of you who are new to this process, welcome!

Following our stakeholder engagement sessions last year, we followed up with a “what we heard” document. You had the opportunity to respond to this document to ensure we captured your insights correctly.

The next step in our process was to produce an outline of the plan. This was sent out to stakeholders in January for review and comment. Thank-you to those of you who were able to provide comments and offer suggestions on where our biodiversity strategic action plan should be headed.

We have now arrived at the delivery of our draft plan:

A BiodiverCity: Calgary’s 10-year strategic plan for biodiversity conservation. Click: BiodiverCity_StratPlan_Calgary_DRAFT_June30.pdf

We welcome your feedback and any provided will help craft the final version of document. We’re aiming to complete the final version by the end of August.

Please have your comments to me by end of day, August 5, 2014.

During the development of this document we discussed with you presenting the draft plan to stakeholders. Based on feedback we determined to deliver the draft plan to you for review and by request we are available to meet with you or your organization to go over the plan and answer any questions you might have.

If you have any questions at this time, please do not hesitate to ask.


Steven Snell, MRes*, LEED AP, EPt, MCIP, RPP
Business & Policy Planner
Parks, Planning & Development
The City of Calgary | Mail code: #54
Floor 7, Calgary Public Building: 205 - 8th Ave SE
P.O. Box 2100, Station M #54, Calgary, AB Canada T2P 2M5
T 403.268.3527 | M 403.850.2091 | F 403.268.5278 | calgary.ca
*Master of Research in urban design

Community Stewardship for Biodiversity Program

Click: Nose-Hill-off-leash-area.pdf

Nose Hill Park Off-Leash Area

The Community Stewardship for Biodiversity program engages park users in research, education and stewardship activities with regards to invasive species which are commonly found in our parks and green spaces.
Throughout the year, events are held at various parks where park users can learn from local experts while helping to eradicate invasive species. Events are drop-in, FREE and open to the public.

2014 events coming soon:

Walk with Wildlife
Walk with Wildlife promotes nature exploration, physical fitness and civic pride. This program is for citizens of all ages.

June 12, 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Nose Hill Park
June 14, 10 - 11:30 a.m. at Griffith Woods Park
June 14, 2 - 3:30 p.m. at Nose Creek/Confluence Park
June 15, 10 - 11:30 a.m. & 2 - 3:30 p.m. at Ralph Klein Park

Walk with Wildlife
When: Thu, June 12, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Where Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Canada
Description: Walk with Wildlife promotes nature exploration, physical fitness and civic pride. This program is for citizens of all ages. More info: www.calgary.ca/parksprograms.

June Birdwatching
When: Sat, June 28, 9am – 12pm
Where: Nose Hill Park, Calgary, AB, Canada

Description: It's nesting season! Discover the birds that live and breed in the Calgary area. Course runs rain or shine, so please dress for the weather. Cost: $26.25 More info and register: https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Programs/Birding-programs.aspx.

Sunday, September 14 9:30 am P.U.P.P.Y Event
When: Sun, September 14, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Nose Hill Park, Calgary, AB, Canada

Description Calgarians are invited to participate in four exciting events that focus on park stewardship to keep our off-leash areas safe and healthy for pets, people and wildlife. Experts will be on-hand to share information on a variety of pet-related topics; volunteers will lead engaging, interpretive programs; and supplies will be available for community residents to “pitch in and pick up” waste.

More info: Click: http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Programs/PUPPY-program.aspx.

Click: http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Programs/School-programs/School-programs.aspx.
Click: http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Programs/Get-to-know.aspx.

Volunteer for the program

Parks is looking for volunteers to assist with the community stewardship for biodiversity program in designated parks; Baker Park, Nose Hill Park, McHugh Bluff, Canmore Park, Glenmore Reservoir and Weaselhead natural area.

This program builds skills in plant identification, natural history and provides opportunities for networking as volunteers spend time outdoors in their preferred sites. Projects include both an educational component as well as a hands-on activity.

The time commitment is one to three projects a year from June through to August and each project is approximately one and a half hours in length. Site specific training, orientation, and supplies are provided.
For more information or to become involved, call 3-1-1.

Stewarding our parks can be as easy as PIE

The City of Calgary Parks is looking for outgoing, park-loving volunteers who are passionate about nature and love to tell a good story. Click: Interpreters2014.pdf

Nose Hill Park East Zone: Primary and Secondary Trail Layout

Click: Nose-Hill-trail-rehab-east1.pdf

Song Dogs in the City

Next available day:
May 2, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Walk Leader: Shelley Alexander
Meeting Place: Walk start & End - Nose Hill Park
Parking lot, near intersection of John Laurie Blvd & Brisebois Dr NW
How to find us: Wearing a multi-colored hat, long brown hair.

We will begin at the Nose Hill parking lot on John Laurie Boulevard, at the top of Brisebois. From here there is a gravel trail and we will walk to the top of the hill, and take the driest path around the park. There will be multiple stops to discuss aspects of the park, vegetation, wildlife, and coyote ecology.

About This Walk
Coyotes, called song dogs by some early cultures, evolved in North America. The urban coyote now lives in fragments of nature that are surrounded by urban development. Citizens of Calgary commonly report seeing coyotes, and a few have negative interactions with them. But does that mean you need to be afraid of coyotes? We will explore what our research has shown of how coyotes live in the city, what challenges they face, and how we can co-exist without fear.

The portrayal of coyotes today is much different than its iconic role in first nations’ mythology and I will share some of those stories with you to illustrate. We will walk around Nose Hill, which supports a small group of coyotes and is a good example of the ecological challenges of living in an urban greenspace. I will describe what type of habitat in Calgary (specifically parks like Nose Hill) is important to coyotes, and answer questions like whether coyotes living in these places before the city was built. Or, are coyotes invading cities like you hear stated in the media? We will look for tracks and scat (but not touch!), and discuss how researchers use scat analysis to tell us about coyote diet, and discuss some of the unique findings related to coyote diet in Calgary. You might want to know if coyote diet changes over the year. Or, is the diet in cities different than what they eat in non-urban areas? Do they eat your garbage and pets, why and what problems can that create? You may be interested in our research that explored relationships between diet and coyote health, and the role of landscape and pets in the parasite infection risk for coyotes. Or, what can you do help co-exist with coyotes?

As we will be doing this on the cusp of denning season, we can discuss where and when coyotes den, as well as things you can do to minimize conflict during this very important time. Finally, we can examine some of the difficulties presented by urban design and population management strategies to the survival of pups and adult coyotes in Calgary and North America.


About The Walk Team

Walk Leader
Shelley Alexander

Shelley Alexander has conducted field-based and GIS analysis of large carnivore ecology and studied human-wildlife conflict in the Canadian Rockies since 1990. Shelley specialized in wolves and coyotes, beginning her career as a field technician for the Banff Wolf Project. She also worked as an animal handler for the Dalhousie University’s Animal Research Station, Nova Scotia, where she hand-reared coyote pups, studied wolf pack behavior, and examined the effectiveness of non-lethal deterrents to reduce coyote depredation of sheep. Her doctoral research addressed road fragmentation effects on 13 mammal species in Banff and Kananaskis Country, Alberta. Using extensive snow tracking, GIS and Remote Sensing (RS) she examined habitat relationships, species co-occurrence, the barrier effect of traffic volume, and identified optimal sites for placing wildlife crossing structures on the Trans-Canada Highway. Since 2001, she has worked as a faculty member for the Department of Geography and the Master’s of GIS Program, University of Calgary. In 2005, Shelley launched The Calgary Coyote Project, studying regional coyote ecology and national human-coyote conflicts, and spearheaded the web-based education and on-line mapping system, Living with Coyotes (www.rockies.ca/coyotes/). She has also been a Principal Investigator and/or Collaborator on several other projects since 2001, including: The Raincoast Wolf Project, the Swift Fox Critical Habitat Project, and the Calakmul Road Effects Project in Yucatan, MX. Her newest research collaboration has taken her to Zimbabwe, where she is employing GIS in the conservation of the endangered Painted Dog (Lycaon pictus). She recently joined the Science Advisory Board for Project Coyote (USA). See: http://www.projectcoyote.org/contact.html Click: http://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2014-03-31/co-existing-coyotes-during-denning-season.
Click: http://www.janeswalk.org/canada/calgary/song-dogs-city/.

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. meet at Edgemont Entrance to off-leash area: P.U.P.P.Y. Calgarians are invited to participate in these exciting events that focus on park stewardship to keep our off-leash areas safe and healthy for pets, people and wildlife. Experts will be on-hand to share information on a variety of pet-related topics; volunteers will lead engaging, interpretive programs; and supplies will be available for community residents to “pitch in and pick up” waste.

Hello biodiversity plan stakeholders!

Biodiversity Action Plan – Background Information for discussion purposes

Click: Biodiversity Action Plan - External_Backgrounder_June11.pdf

Thank-you to everyone who provided feedback on The City of Calgary Park’s biodiversity strategic action plan outline sent on Jan 9, 2014. During our small-group stakeholder engagement sessions last summer you requested an outline of the plan before we proceeded with a draft. We hope our outline provided you with a clear understanding of the direction our action plan will be taking. Currently, Parks is firming up a draft of the plan and will invite you to a presentation on this in the coming months.

Our goal is to provide an action plan that is relevant, useful and meaningful to the local community.

For those of you who are new to this project, I have attached a document providing background to the action plan.

As a next step, we are looking to highlight your biodiversity projects in The City’s biodiversity action plan. We are interested in projects of any scale; from how we grow and develop as a city, to how we manage spaces (large parks to backyards and balcony planters), to how we increase the knowledge of biodiversity in our communities, and everything in between.

If you are interested in having your project featured in the plan, please respond to the questions below.

1. What is the name of the project?
2. What is the scope of the project?
3. What pressure on biodiversity is the project targeting?
4. What is the goal of your project (what aspect of biodiversity is the project targeting)?
5. What is the timeframe of the project?
6. How will you determine if the project is being successful?
7. What are you doing to keep the project on track?
8. What challenges does the project face?
9. What plans do you have in place if the project needs to be modified to meet its goal?
10. What are you doing to create awareness about the project?

If you’re interested in having your project featured, please forward any photographs, website links, etc. in addition to the responses to the above questions to Steven Snell by the end of day, April 22, 2014.

Thank you again and I look forward to continuing our discussions about biodiversity.
Steven Snell, MRes*, LEED AP, EPt, MCIP, RPP
Business & Policy Planner
Parks, Planning & Development
The City of Calgary | Mail code: #54
Floor 7, Calgary Public Building: 205 - 8th Ave SE
P.O. Box 2100, Station M #54, Calgary, AB Canada T2P 2M5
T 403.268.3527 | M 403.850.2091 | F 403.268.5278 | calgary.ca
*Master of Research in urban design

Off Leash Ambassador Program

Animal & Bylaw Services has launched a new program, the Off Leash Ambassador program. Volunteers help to promote the responsible pet ownership bylaw and to assist owners with positive pet interactions and safety through educational information, demonstrations and discussions. The ambassadors are positive role models in the off leash areas adhering to Calgary’s bylaws and provide an excellent avenue for citizens to express concerns to pass along to City bylaw staff. The ambassadors have done a great job at pro- moting the work of Animal & Bylaw Services and the services available such as animal adoption and licensing. The pilot program started in the off leash areas in Bowmont Park and Egerts Parks in the northwest. We are now looking to include off leash areas from other quadrants in the city and we need your help!! If you are interested in volunteering to become an off leash ambassador, please register on-line at http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/ABS/Pages/Volunteering/Animal-Bylaw.aspx .

The Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw 23M2006 helps to ensure that dogs and citizens are safely enjoying our City of Calgary parks. Animal & Bylaw Services would like to remind dog owners of the following specific to off leash areas:
• Dog owners must ensure their dog is under control, is within their sight and responds to commands.
• Parking lots adjacent to off-leash areas are on leash.
• Owners are responsible for picking up all waste produced by their dog
Dogs are permitted on pathways:
• Dogs must be walked on the right hand side of the pathway on a leash that is no more than two metres in length and must not interfere with other pathway users.
• Owners cannot cycle, in-line skate or skateboard on a pathway with a leashed dog.
• Dogs are not allowed in school grounds, playgrounds, sport fields, golf courses, cemeteries, wading and swimming areas, and other areas prohibited by signs.
• Dogs must not enter or swim in any body of water within a park except a river that runs through, or is adjacent to, a City park. For more information about the Off Leash Ambassador program, please contact Cheryl Herperger at 403.268.4341 or Cheryl.Herperger@calgary.ca or 311.

From: "Snell, Steven" Subject: Biodiversity oral history

You’re invited to The City of Calgary and The University of Calgary’s Biodiversity Oral History project!

Date: Monday, April 21
Location: 3rd floor, Tyndell Limestone Boardroom
Calgary Public Building
205 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
Time: 6:15 .m. – 8:15 p.m.
Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Thank you for your continued interest in our joint Biodiversity Oral History project. This project will help us tell the story of biodiversity change in Calgary as we meet our obligation under the Durban Commitment to develop strategies and actions to protect and enhance Calgary’s ecosystems and biodiversity.

We are hosting a two-hour presentation and conversation session to hear your story about biodiversity change in Calgary, including your experience with one of the following:
• Changes in experiences with wildlife (their numbers and patterns)
• Changes in perception of our parks (their use, size, composition, etc.)
• Changes in our rivers and wetlands
• Changes in neighbourhood environments (community gardens, street trees, food production, front- and back-yard activities, etc.)

Simply, we want to know what comes to mind when you think of environmental change in Calgary. The session will include a brief biodiversity presentation and semi-structured interactive activities for participants. Please feel free to bring items to your session that may help illuminate the story you wish to tell: plant collections, paper clippings, drawings, photographs, etc.

Please RSVP to Steven Snell (403-268-3527) no later than Thursday, March 27.

Due to the research component and fluid nature of this project, we request participants to fill out Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) and University of Calgary participant ethics forms upon arrival. This session will be audio recorded for archival purposes.

Thank you for your commitment to biodiversity conservation in Calgary. We’re looking forward to working with you on our oral history project. If you have any questions prior to our session, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Best regards,

Steven Snell, MRes*, LEED AP, EPt, MCIP, RPP
Business & Policy Planner
Parks, Planning & Development
The City of Calgary | Mail code: #54
Floor 7, Calgary Public Building: 205 - 8th Ave SE
P.O. Box 2100, Station M #54, Calgary, AB Canada T2P 2M5
T 403.268.3527 | M 403.850.2091 | F 403.268.5278 | calgary.ca
*Master of Research in urban design

The Friends of Nose Hill executive is concerned about the publicity concerning the coyotes in Nose Hill Natural Area Park.

Natural area parks are primarily areas for wildlife protection and we feel that the focussing of public attention on coyote dens risks converting the park into something less like a reserve and more like a zoo.

We understand that, in general, coyotes can take care of themselves, but when it comes to dens with puppies we feel that the less interference by humans the better.

We suggest that users of Nose Hill respect the privacy of mother coyotes and their families by staying away from them and not spreading information on den locations.

If you notice park visitors interfering with an occupied den please use your cell phone to notify the bylaw department via 311. And remember that all park users must STAY ON THE PATHS.

Hello Friends of Nose Hill Society – Might someone from your organization be interested in volunteering to lead a Jane’s Walk this spring?

Jane’s Walk is an international weekend of free neighbourhood walking tours in honour of Jane Jacobs, the urbanist writer and activist. The Calgary Foundation has been organizing Jane’s Walk for the past seven years.

Volunteers have led walks on a wide variety of themes and in numerous Calgary neighbourhoods over the years, offering an insiders’ point of view and generating good conversation. But we have yet to have on Jane’s Walk on Nose Hill, and that’s rather a shame. If you’d like to learn more, I’d be happy to talk with you or provide you further information. Basic info is here: http://thecalgaryfoundation.org/news-events. With thanks for considering the request.

The City of Calgary Parks and a University of Calgary research team invite you to contribute to our oral history project – part of a biodiversity plan for The City of Calgary in support of its pledge to the Durban Commitment.

Click here for more information: OralHistory.pdf

Biodiversity Action Plan 20XX: Calgary's Strategy and Action Plan Towards Urban Conservation

The following link provides an overview of what will form the biodiversity plan for The City of Calgary: Biodiversity BAP2_Outline_Jan2014.pdf

News from the Friends of Nose Hill, by Anne Burke

The annual general meeting of the FONHS was well attended and there was input about protecting wildlife by controlling off-leash dogs; spraying invasive species and hand-pulling weeds; urban coyotes, bylaw enforcement, and signage.

The City of Calgary Parks’ goal of creating a biodiversity action plan will have a significant role in conservation practices in the city of Calgary. In conducting the 2013 summer/fall workshops, Parks Planning consulted with a wide variety of interested groups from educators, community groups, groundskeepers, gardeners, scientists, policy makers, and others. Their participation was of much value and was greatly appreciated.

The City's Biodiversity project requires the development of two documents. The first one was the State of the City Report. This is where the various parks and policies in Calgary that help promote biodiversity conservation/protection are highlighted. The second document is the action plan. This plan hosts the goals and objectives and will not reference specific parks. There is also work on an update of the calgary.ca/biodiversity website and will reference extirpated species on Nose Hill.

The City of Calgary Parks department is currently conducting research that will help them in formulating a Commercial Policy for Parks. The focus of this comprehensive study is to establish a policy framework by which a set of consistent, coherent and equitable principles, processes and procedures can be applied to all City parkland. The policy will be park-specific and will adhere to the management plan(s).

The study currently consists of checking in with other like cities to determine best practices; conducting focus groups with Parks users to get their feedback; and an on-line survey to gather more opinions on how Calgarians think City of Calgary Park space should be utilized with respect to commercial use. You can check the calgary.ca/parks website for online participation. Once all the research has been completed, a report will be drawn up for presentation to City Council for their review, revisions, and approval, in summer 2014.

Commercial Policy for Parks
The City of Calgary Parks department is currently conducting research that will help them in formulating a Commercial Policy for Parks. The focus of this comprehensive study is to establish a policy framework by which a set of consistent, coherent and equitable principles, processes and procedures can be applied to all City parkland. The study currently consists of checking in with other like cities to determine best practices, conducting focus groups with Parks users to get their feedback, and an on-line survey to gather more opinions on how Calgarians think City of Calgary Park space should be utilized with respect to commercial use. Once all the research has been completed, a report will be drawn up for presentation to City Council for their review, revisions and approval.

Here is the link: It's takes five minutes to do. The survey includes Nose Hill Park:

News from the Friends of Nose Hill, by Anne Burke

U. of Calgary researched the hill's unique history. Nose Hill was part of a Glacial Lake which receded and a river from the mountains carved its way through the old lake bottom. Over the centuries, in and around the Bow River Valley, many people visited Nose Hill and its surroundings.

David Thompson wintered at a Peigan encampment on the Bow River. In his1800 journal he noted Nose Hill. Earlier, HBC trader Peter Fidler also came to the hill with Peigan guides. According to his Dec. journal entry, on the day of his visit to Nose Hill, it was 14◦ C (58◦ F).

Methodist missionaries went to Nose Hill to hunt bison, some four decades later. On the way back to their hunting camp on Jan. 1876, George McDougall (Senior) lost his way. A snowstorm delayed efforts to locate him. His frozen body was found on the east side of Nose Creek.

Nose Hill Park is open year-round. A City of Calgary user survey in winter was conducted. The results show a somewhat surprisingly high use by dog walkers, bikers, and others. Don't forget to take photos!

Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Nose Hill Society
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.
in Pub/Lounge at the Triwood Community Centre
2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW

All Welcome. Free Parking.
Join us for our guest speaker: David Peyto
David Peyto has been a member of the HCW organizing committee for several years. During previous years he has led walks in Mount Pleasant, Sunalta, Rideau Park, Roxboro, Parkhill, Ogden & Millican Estates. In 2008 he led an escarpment walk from the Zoo LRT Station to Lions Park LRT Station. Last year he led a walk from Lions Park Station to Sunnyside Station.

In July of this year, he published the first two books in a new series of walking guides entitled Calgary LRT Walks. The walks are from the Northwest Stations and the South Stations. One walk heads from Brentwood north to Nose Hill, one of Canada's largest urban parks. The next two books will be on the Northeast Stations and the Downtown & West Stations.

click: Peyto Lake Books.


1) Approval of the Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting (November 21, 2012)
2) Annual Report by the President
3) Approval of the audited Financial Statements
4) Appointment of the Auditors for the coming year
5) Election of Officers

Elections will be held for the following positions, for two-year terms: Vice President, The Treasurer, Secretary, and two Directors. Nominations for these positions should be received by the Secretary of the Society before the start of the Annual General Meeting. The President and Two Directors will continue serving the second year of their terms in the coming year.

6) Other Business: We need your input! We want to hear from you. Come out and share your views.

Note: Dr. A. Massolo cancelled his talk on The Urban Coyote Project. The Urban Coyote Study is conducted by the University of Calgary, with City Parks.

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The Friends on Facebook The Friends of Nose Hill have a Facebook Group. If you are a Facebook member, check out the group: “Friends of Nose Hill Society”. Feel free to post your stories, photos, comments and questions about the Park.

Members who would like to receive future issues of the Friends of Nose Hill Newsletter by e-mail should send an e-mail message with their request to: ervan@ucalgary.ca.
New and renewing members can join the Friends of Nose Hill by mailing $10.00 to:
Friends of Nose Hill Society
Suite 171130 – 5403 Crowchild Trail NW
Calgary AB T3B 4Z1

Imagine Parks Draft 2
The imagine Parks Draft 2 is ready for review and comments, click: imagineParks-second-draft.pdf. Send an e-mail to: parks@calgary.ca

Biodiversity Action Plan
Outline of the biodiversity action plan, click: Biodiversity Action. It includes Nose Hill Park.

Weed Inventory

I hope everyone’s summer is going well so far. I know things have been a little hectic with the flood but once again we find ourselves in the middle of our EDRR (Early Detection Rapid Response) season and I would like to send out a quick reminder that any EDRR forms from previously visited sites or any new sites would be very helpful to our efforts. Also if you could please send in a form even if a previously occupied site does not appear to have any plants left as this will help us track eradication of a species from a site.

I have attached the new EDRR reporting form (the new 2013 copy) as well. Click: Snapshot Inventory 2013. The form can be either filled out or emailed or a written copy can be sent by mail, which every option is more convenient!

Your continuing participation is once again greatly welcomed and of course appreciated.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me by email or phone, and I will get back to you in a timely manner. Thanks again and I hope to continue hearing from many of you this summer!

Email: Holly.Ackles@calgary.ca
Phone: 1-403-369-7461
City of Calgary | Natural Areas Technical Assistant

The Alberta May Count of Plants in Bloom is an annual event sponsored by the Alberta Naturalists. The object of the Count is to record a snapshot of all species in bloom throughout Alberta in the last week of May. This provides valuable information on the distribution and phenology of flowering plants in Alberta. This can provide, amongst other things, insights into the effects of variations in climate and helps with the monitoring of the spread of non-native species.

How you can participate:

  1. Choose a natural area.........your favourite route on the Hill perhaps
  2. Print off the May Flower Checklist. This lists the flowers that may be seen around Calgary at this time. (link below the flower thumbnails)
  3. During the week of May 25 to 31 record the Plants in Bloom that you see. You don't have to be an expert to do this. Just note the flowers that you know. Those you don't know can be ignored or perhaps identified using a field guide. One which received a good review from Nature Calgary is PLANTS OF ALBERTA by Richard Dickinson. Lone Pine Publishing,
  4. If time permits it is useful to record the flowering stage of each plant. eg. in bud, % in bloom , full bloom, fading.
  5. Record date, participant(s) names, location & habitat details and forward the checklist to the Count Compiler:

Suzanne Visser
3516 60st NW
Calgary T3B 5E8

Please submit Count results by Jun 30, 2013 May Flower Count - May 25-31

Copyright S. Visser, Calgary Nature Group
May Flower Checklist- Copyright S-Visser

May Flower Count Instructions

There has been a rash of wild jackrabbits injured by bow and arrows. It is illegal to hunt (discharge any kind of firearm) within the city limits. This includes bows and arrows. For a Bylaw Officer, phone 311. If you see a crime in progress or have any information about a crime, contact the Calgary Police Services. We are posting recommendations from the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society at www.calgarywildlife.org. Click here

Nose Hill Park is part of an ongoing coyote study. Signs will be posted on trails when the study is in progress. Please obey park rules. Dogs must be under control at all times and on leash in any area not designated as off-leash. Study sites are monitored by video surveillance. Visit: calgaryurbancoyotes.ca for more information.

Please note: This is a catch and release program, which means coyotes are tagged, examined, and then released. This process involves (humane) trapping. At least 10 coyotes (city-wide) will be fitted with GPS collars to record and track their movements. The traps may be hazardous to dogs, for example, although they are set in on-leash areas, where accidental capture is less likely. Traps are in wooded or bushland sites, away from pathways and designated recreation areas.

As these activities will be carried out intermittently in a number of City of Calgary and Provincial Parks, we cannot post the times or dates. In addition to Nose Hill, Fish Creek, the Weaselhead, Acadia Escarpment (Bow River), and Bowmont are other parks involved in the study.

The traps will be covered in the day but set up to catch coyotes when they are active between dusk (from approximately 7 p.m. onwards) and dawn. Parks only close at 11 p.m. Please be careful using the park and stay safe. For more information, we provide some websites for you below:

The City of Calgary Parks Department is now recruiting for a new volunteer program being piloted in Nose Hill Park, June-October,in 2013. Information Sessions at Community Association Centres are being held throughout February 2013. Thorncliff CA Feb.9 7-9 p.m. Edgemont CA Feb. 20 7-9 p.m. North Haven CA Feb. 21 7-9 p.m. Sandstone MacEwan CA Feb. 26 7-9 p.m. Beddington Heights CA Feb. 27 7-9 p.m. Huntington Hills CA Feb 28 7-9 p.m. Training will be provided. Email parksvolunteers@calgary.ca for more information and/or download the details now. Click here

The City of Calgary Parks is progressing on its 30-year vision for our city's municipal parks and open spaces. The initial framework outlines a draft vision, outcome areas, and goals. A more detailed version will be drafted in 2013 and available for public review once public feedback is gathered. To view, please visit www.calgary.ca/imagineparks. To provide your comments, please send an email to parks@calgary.ca.


Other Business: We need your input! Any concerns on trapping in Nose Hill Park and other public parks? Do you have a dog or know somebody who does? We want to hear from you. Come out and share your views.

Guest Presentations
“Alberta Native Wildflowers & Other Native Plants” by Al and Pat Fedkenheuer of ALCLA Native Plant Restoration Inc.
Their brief presentation will focus on using Alberta’s native flora in the Calgary area. ALCLA specializes in the propagation and use of native wildflowers, shrubs, and grasses (seeds and plants). Our plants are started from seeds that are wild collected around Alberta. We incorporated ALCLA in 1992 after having worked with native species for many years prior. Our goal is to promote the use of Alberta's vast array of native flora in reclamation and restoration of mined lands, well sites, pipelines, and other disturbed land areas. Our ideas and plants have been successfully used in home landscaping, schoolyards, offices, on green roofs, and along highways.

“Conservation of Wildlife and Vegetation” by Dave Poulton, a co-instructor of Biological Conservation at St Mary’s University College.
His course is about management of natural areas, with emphasis on protecting endangered habitat and populations, as well as preserving species biodiversity, while working with environmental nonprofit stakeholder groups in Alberta to achieve these goals. Dave Poulton is the Principal of David W. Poulton Environmental Strategies, and also a graduate student at the University of Calgary. His research interests are conservation, water policy, parks and protected areas, and land-use planning. He has led a number of campaigns, for protected areas and sustainable land-use planning, and was a participant in many consultative processes. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. He lives and works in Calgary, Alberta

Parks 2040 Planning


Deadline: April 12

The Alberta Wilderness Association is proud to announce the second year of its annual Louise Guy Poetry Prize. The poetry contest is in honour of Louise Guy, a truly remarkable woman who at 92 was a role model to young and old alike. Her athletic strength and endurance was exceeded only by her appreciation for wildness, wildlife and wild water and how willingly she gave her beautiful smile for the joy of others.

The Louise Guy Poetry Prize is part of our annual Earth Day celebration. It is a competition for all ages and each year we will have the winning poem transcribed and displayed on the walls of the Calgary Tower stairwells as a lasting tribute to Louise, her intellect, her strength and her love. The winning poem will also be published in the Wild Lands Advocate, AWA’s outstanding wilderness news journal.

For complete submission guidelines, visit https://gowildalberta.ca/products.php?product=Sign-up-for-the-C4W-Poetry-Contest.

Summer launch of the Nose Hill Park Get to Know Program check back here in July 2012

Mike Grandmaison presents his new photography collection, “Prairies and Beyond.”

Mike Grandmaison presents his new photography collection, “Prairies and Beyond.” Tuesday, April 17th – 6:30 PM, Meeting Room 1, Central Library (616 MacLeod Trail SE)

Still and stunning, wild and challenging, the Canadian Prairie is breathtaking to behold. In lush full colour, award-winning photographer Mike Grandmaison’s expert lens captures the vastness of sky and land with scenes of the elusive Northern Lights, misty fields at dawn, endless horizons, and the immense skies that define the prairie landscape. A place notorious for hardship and subsistence survival, the Prairie yields its beauty to the patient watcher. From birds soaring over wetlands, to wildlife grazing across rolling grasslands, Grandmaison’s trained eye misses nothing to bring the prairie to life in this remarkable volume.

Mike Grandmaison’s photography has been published worldwide in magazines, calendars and books. With a background in biology, he worked for the Canadian Forest Service in Edmonton and Winnipeg for 20 years. Since he turned to photography full time in 1996, he has published four collections of his natural landscape photography, and he recently opened The Canadian Gallery in Winnipeg. Grandmaison has taught and lectured on photography and conducted nature-focused workshops for many years. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC), the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), the Society of Graphic Designers (SGD). In 2007 he was awarded second prize in the Northern Lights Awards Canada competition for Excellence in Travel Journalism.
For more information visit: http://blog.grandmaison.mb.ca.

2012-04-21 Climb and Run for Wilderness

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Calgary Tower
Run for Wilderness @ 8:00 a.m.
Climb for Wilderness @ 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Awards Ceremony @ 1:30 p.m.
Cost is $35 for the race, $30 to climb once, $100 to climb unlimited times

Climb and Run for Wilderness is a signature event, held annually at the Calgary Tower to increase public awareness of wilderness, wildlife and wild water in Alberta. The Climb and Run for Wilderness provides learning opportunities combined with athletic challenges to climb the 802 stairs and earn funds for Alberta Wilderness Association. The event attracts participants from 2 to 102 years old, with a diverse range of athletic ability. A family day, a corporate challenge day, a fun time, and a serious opportunity to test one's personal best are all combined in this Earth Day event. The event is known as the best Earth Day event in western Canada and attracts more than 1200 individual participants and 150 volunteers annually.

International Migratory Bird Day

This year International Migratory Bird Day will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the theme, “Connecting People to Bird Conservation”. “Created in 1993, this migratory bird event increases public awareness and involvement in bird conservation. Birds are economically important and a priceless part of North America’s natural heritage—and they are critical indicators of environmental health upon which we all depend.” -- http://birdday.org

On Sunday, May 13th, Mother’s Day 2012 The City of Calgary Parks will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. You are invited.

Alberta Native Plants and Wildflowers (ALCLA) Video

Annual General Meeting

The Friends of Nose Hill Society annual general meeting was on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 7 p.m. at Triwood Community Centre (Pub), 2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW.

Sid Andrews, a Parks Representative, was on hand to answer questions about Nose Hill.

Our guest speaker was Sarah Nevill, who is an expert resource to identify non-native invasive plants, when a natural area needs some TLC. She is Invasive Plants Project Coordinator of a research project to investigate control of non-native invasive species. As an experienced speaker and field trip leader, she explained the threat “Invasive” plants pose and how we can assist in removing them.

We learned more about when volunteers come together with the City’s Natural Areas Management Team and how this results in the eradication of invasive plants that threaten the ecological integrity of natural areas.

We share this information here on how to preserve and protect flora and fauna, as well as raising awareness about the abundance of life in a natural area, like Nose Hill.

The Calgary Biodiversity Report

Over 50 per cent of Calgary's parks are classified as natural environment, which range from disturbed, non-native habitats to native prairie, parkland and wetland environments of provincial or federal significance. Natural environment parks are some of the most prominent and best-used parks in the city, however, maintaining them in a healthy condition can be challenging given pressures such as fragmentation, development, invasive species and heavy use that come from being in a large city.
To address this issue, park management has focused on habitat restoration, trail management and the development of park management plans to address habitat loss and degradation. However, the long-term effectiveness of these efforts is hampered by the lack of a system-wide approach to ecosystem conservation. Calgary's natural areas need to be planned and managed cohesively as an integral part of the urban fabric with more emphasis on re-establishing connectivity between key natural areas.
Conducting a comprehensive assessment and prioritization of key habitats and parks is an important step in allocating resources to where they are most effective. This would ensure available Parks funding for site management is used where it will have its greatest effect.
Read more about the Calgary Biodiversity Report here.

The 2011 Capital Projects Priorities List of Pathway Missing Links for Nose Hill Park includes 1.35 kms along the East side of Shaganappi Trail NW from the parking lot to MacEwan ($320.000); 1.76 kms East of Shaganappi Trail NW from the parking lot to John Laurie Boulevard ($416,000); and 0.83 kms South of MacEwan from Shaganappi Trail NW to 14th Street ($199,000). Read more about pathways and this 10-Year Plan here.

Last summer in Nose Hill Park there were some City Parks Projects:

To inquire about bookings and tours for Nose Hill, call the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary at 403-221-4514.

From Transportation Department and Community Services & Protective Services Department Report to The SPC on Land Use, Planning and Transportation, June 21, 2011. This report will go to City Council for approval, so make certain your voice and opinion are heard!
Pathways in offleash dog areas 53.29km (106.58m of fence) Install four-foot chain link fence to separate pathway from off-leash dog areas. Short-to-long term $3,730,300 Pathways adjacent to offleash dog areas 8.38km Install four-foot chain link fence to separate pathway from off-leash dog areas. Short-to-long term $293,300
Table 20 gives the recommendations, implementation strategy and funding requirements to "enhance" safety on the pathway system. The total cost is approximately $8 million in 2011 dollars, with the work to be spread over the next decade.

Bird-Friendly Urban Design Guidelines

The goals of the Guideline include:

Specific consideration should be given to building facades facing directly onto open spaces in urban areas (such as urban parks, pocket parks, green roofs, street-tree corridors, etc.) and onto natural landscapes in suburban areas. The following table lists the Areas of Particular Concern for applying bird-friendly urban design strategies and guidelines. Image 14 illustrates those areas, and Calgary's natural parks which have been identified as preferred natural habitats for local and migratory birds in Calgary.
Regarding bird casualties, Nose Hill Park has been identified as a preferred natural habitat for local and migratory birds in Calgary. The city's report can be found here.

Announcing a NEW Volunteer Opportunity with The City of Calgary Parks

This summer the City of Calgary Parks is piloting a Parks Interpretive Program.

The program will be piloted in nine parks: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Reader Rock Garden, Carburn, Confederation, Prairie Winds, and South Glenmore Parks, as well as Bowmont, Edworthy, and Nose Hill Natural Environment Parks.

The program will be delivered by volunteers who are passionate about conveying knowledge to others, who are outgoing, love to tell a good story or two, and love to learn their whole lives long.

By engaging Calgarians while they are in parks and providing interpretation of some aspect of that park,the volunteers will help us help Calgarians to become eco-literate, good stewards of the land, and active participants in the sustainment of parks.

If you believe in lifelong learning this opportunity may appeal to you.

Training will be provided in communication, presentation,and interpretive skills as well as natural history, history, horticulture, and cultural landscapes depending on the park you volunteer in.

Want to know more?

Call 311 and ask about the Parks Interpretive Program volunteer opportunity.

The Collins English Dictionary defines interpretation as:
"an explanation, as of the environment, a historical site, etc., provided by the use of original objects, personal experience, visual display material, etc." [to connect us to the environment, historical site, etc.]

Calgarians have stated that parks and green spaces contribute to their overall quality of life. Likewise, with over 100,000 dogs in our city, it is clear that Calgarians also enjoy sharing their lives with canine companions. In order to maintain, preserve and utilize the City's parks and green spaces in a sustainable manner, The City of Calgary Parks, in partnership with Animal & Bylaw Services, has created the Pick Up Pooch's Poo Yourself (P.U.P.P.Y.) program. The intention of this program is to educate citizens about the importance of picking up after their pets and to become familiar with responsible pet ownership, as outlined in Calgary's Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw.

The P.U.P.P.Y. program will consist of four events throughout 2011. Each event will involve a community based park clean-up, as well as opportunities for education and interaction with various experts.

Sunday, September 25 at Nose Hill Park: It is a reality that Calgarians must learn to live in harmony with wildlife, such as coyotes. Come explore how the habituation of wildlife can occur if pet waste is left behind.

For more information about the P.U.P.P.Y. program please go to www.calgary.ca/parks or call 3-1-1.

The second draft of the City of Calgary's Off-leash Area Management Plan was presented to Council's Standing Policy Committee on Community & Protective Services on Feb. 2, 2011 (instead of Jan. 5, 2011). Parks also updated the Committee on the existing off-leash area inventory and efforts to add, fully fence and improve sites.

The extension allowed interested stakeholders more time after the busy Holiday Season to review the results of their feedback.

In January 2011, a summary of the public input gathered from Nov. 18 to Dec. 8, 2010 was posted on this site as planned. In addition, a second draft of the Off-leash Area Management Plan, based on recent feedback, was also posted. Throughout the Holiday Season, the first draft of the plan PDF File (1 MB) remained until the second draft was posted in January 2011.

Due to a 2009 review of the Province's Weed Control Act, 133 plant species with invasive characteristics in the Calgary region were identified and risk ranked. An expanded list of 190 regional plant species was created. A reference collection was initiated with support from the University of Calgary.

This Act mandates control of noxious weeds by The City within its jurisdiction. Non-compliance represents a significant risk. In addition, failure to manage this problem may result in significantly higher costs for restoration at a later date and/or irreversible environmental damage. (Report to SPC on Utilities and Environment Committee, April 28, 2010).

The City of Calgary Parks Department posted a summary of 2010 planning and construction activities which focused on completion of parking lot improvements; finalization of the park signage and educational strategy followed by implementation; and sitting of the Nose Hill Park memorial benches, with installation to occur throughout 2010. The first new bench was installed by the Winter Club parking lot on April 16.

Construction will proceed through the summer. Please use caution near construction sites, follow detours, and adhere to park signage. Additional park projects include trail upgrades which may occur throughout 2010, with updates posted on the Parks website.

We post items of interest about Nose Hill Park, with links to the City Web Site, and our twice-annual newsletters Nose Hill News and Views on our new website: fonhs.org. The Society has just started a Facebook Group. If you are a Facebook member, check out the group at: Friends of Nose Hill Society. Feel free to post your stories, photos, comments, and questions about the Park.

We meet monthly and welcome newcomers who are interested in Nose Hill Park. New members can join the Friends of Nose Hill by mailing $10 to: Friends of Nose Hill Society, Suite 171, 130-5403 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary AB, T3B 4Z1.

The City is conducting a survey on pathways.
This is an opportunity to let the City know how you use the paved pathways in Nose Hill Park

Take the Pathway Survey
(This survey is now closed. The City will publish the results next Spring.)

The City is reviewing Pathways and Cycling.





The City has a plan to control the spread of invasive plants in Calgary.
2010 April - UE2010-12 Invasive Plant Strategic Management Plan Update
The update states:
"The Weed Control Act (Alberta) mandates control of noxious weeds by The City within its jurisdiction. Non-compliance represents a significant risk to The City. In addition, failure to manage this problem may result in significantly higher costs for restoration at a later date and/or irreversible environmental damage."

There is a NEW Nose Hill Park Trail & Pathway Plan Update
There has been no public input into the number, location or design of the signs and benches being planned for the Park. If you object to this, please email your Alderman.