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33rd Alberta Native Plant Council Virtual Workshop

Update to the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw

From The City of Calgary:
"Input from phase 1 has been reviewed and is being used to help develop potential amendments to the bylaw. We want your online feedback again in phase 2 engagement which will be from August 18 to September 17, 2020. This will be an opportunity for you to provide input into the potential amendments."

Follow the link:
https://engage.calgary.ca/petbylaw/

Other Engagement Dates:

  • Thursday 27 August 2020 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
    Targeted stakeholder online workshop
    Email invitations will be sent to targeted stakeholders to register for 1 of 4 online workshops
  • Saturday 29 August 2020 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Targeted stakeholder online workshop
    Email invitations will be sent to targeted stakeholders to register for 1 of 4 online workshops
  • Wednesday 2 September 2020 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM
    Targeted stakeholder online workshop
    Email invitations will be sent to targeted stakeholders to register for 1 of 4 online workshops
  • Tuesday 8 September 2020 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM
    Public presentation
    All are invited to listen to a presentation from the project team where they will be reviewing the areas open for input in phase 2 and some of the other work that is underway as a result of phase 1 engagement and other inputs into the project.
  • Saturday 12 September 2020 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Public presentation
    All are invited to listen to a presentation from the project team where they will be reviewing the areas open for input in phase 2 and some of the other work that is underway as a result of phase 1 engagement and other inputs into the project.
  • Tuesday 15 September 2020 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM
    Targeted stakeholder online workshop
    Email invitations will be sent to targeted stakeholders to register for 1 of 4 online workshops

The current bylaw:
Click:   Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw

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Nature Alberta — May Plant Count: May 25-31, 2020

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: mayplantcount@outlook.com to sign up and to receive the 2020 MPC information package.

Given the constraints around the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some additional challenges for the 2020 survey event. Many of the sites normally visited by participants may not have vehicle access and large groups are discouraged from conducting counts together. To help navigate these circumstances, we suggest consulting the following resources to ensure all participants mitigate any additional strain on our public services. Please follow all government guidelines (from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and from Alberta Parks) and consider this as an excellent opportunity to expand our current survey locations!
Remember

  • Groups must have less than 15 people. We encourage smaller gatherings where possible.
  • Practice physical distancing (at least 2 meters apart). If there is a chance of coming in closer contact, wear a mask.
  • Only members of the same household should ride in a single vehicle. Do not carpool with people you do not live with.
  • If you exhibit ANY symptoms, do not participate in the count.
  • Practice good hygiene and sanitation of surfaces. Do not share notepads, pens/pencils, hand lenses, or plant samples, and do not crowd near plants for photo/identification purposes.

Please submit a scanned copy or photo of your original datasheet (or even better, with the data entered in the Excel spreadsheet: MPC-2020-Datasheet-Electronic,) to this email: kim.mack@goldpaw.ca by June 15th.
Attached is last year's list in pdf format: Nature Calgary List.

Annual General Meeting
of the Friends of Nose Hill Society

Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Nose Hill Library
1530 Northmount Dr NW, Calgary, AB T2L 0G6
(Note the change from the usual location.)

Agenda

  1. Approval of the Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
  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, Secretary, and up to three directors.
    Nominations for these positions should be received by the Secretary of the Society before the start of the Annual General Meeting. The President, Treasurer, and three Directors will continue serving the second year of their terms in the coming year.
  6. Other Business: The Future of Friends.
  7. Adjournment
Following the formal meeting, we will have a special guest speaker, Pat Fedkenheuer.

Pat Fedkenheuer: You may have met her around the area working with school ground restoration, garden club presentations, or at one of the local farmers markets.

Pat was interviewed by CBC radio during a morning report. She moved to Brentwood in the 1980s and Nose Hill has always been the place to go for walks, almost daily. The stunning view included sage colours, dew on wild roses, both native and invasive grasses, and a lovely place at a quiet time of day. There were goldenrods, white prairie asters, bluebells, pink and white roses, and such fragrances. The pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, enjoying the groundcover, "to every flower there is a season!" Note that the bluebells are not the weed" creeping bellflower", and keep yourself at a distance from the wildlife. The John Laurie overpass is a safe means to access the Park.

Dr. Al and Pat Fedkenheuer are owners of ALCLA Native Plant Restoration Inc. of Calgary and have been growing and out-planting Alberta native plants for over 30 years. Collectibles: Native plant specialist Pat Fedkenheuer's favourite Alberta Wildflowers (Gallery) from Calgary Herald Swerve http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Collectibles+Native+plant+specialist+Fedkenheuer+favourite+Alberta+Wildflowers+Gallery/9842415/story.html

https://www.pressreader.com/canada/calgary-herald/20140620/282703340173475

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Wild+Blue+Flax/9842432/story.html

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: mayplantcount@outlook.com 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: mayplantcount@outlook.com by June 15th.
Attached is last year's list in pdf format: Nature Calgary List.








Annual General Meeting
of the Friends of Nose Hill Society

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 7 p.m. in the Pub/Lounge
at the Triwood Community Centre, 2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW.

Agenda

  1. Approval of the Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
  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: The President, Vice President, Treasurer, and up to four Directors. Nominations for these positions should be received by the Secretary of the Society before the start of the Annual General Meeting. The Secretary and two Directors will continue serving the second year of their terms in the coming year.
  6. Other Business: The future directions of The Friends of Nose Hill.
  7. Adjournment

Following the formal meeting, we will have a special guest speaker:
Samantha Managh,
Parks Ecologist, Landscape Analyst
Calgary Parks, Urban Conservation, City of Calgary.

This is a chance for you to take a peek into Calgary's local parks when people aren't around and see what the critters get up to! A Calgary Parks initiative, Calgary Captured, is launching Season 2; it is a city-wide citizen science program that has installed over 60 wildlife remote cameras in 13 Calgary parks. This season includes 70,000 photos from September 2017 to February 2018. Season 1 was immensely successful with over 120,000 images classified in a short 51 days!

Samantha Managh began her career at a not-for-profit environmental research institute. Through her time there, she developed skills in various conservation-related disciplines that include spatial analysis, research design, wildlife management, transportation ecology, and citizen science. Currently, in her role with Calgary Parks, she is responsible for citywide landscape analysis and leading citizen science programming.

She is happy to answer any questions you may have.

City Program

Discover the history of Nose Hill Park! This registered program will focus on everything Nose Hill Park has to offer from past to present. Participants will learn about this historic area of Calgary through guided walks, nature education and engaging activities to become natural stewards of their local parks and green spaces. This program is for children ages 6 - 12 years old

Registering for this program includes registering for ALL of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, July 31st - 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, August 1st - 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Thursday, August 2nd - 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, August 7th - 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, August 8th - 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Thursday, August 9th - 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Register using eventbrite: Register and info.

Nose Hill Park 14th street parking lot
14 Street Northwest
Calgary, AB T2K 5Y1


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."



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)





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, 2018 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, 2018 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



Two Jane's Walks on Nose Hill

  • Friday, May 04, 2018, 10:30 AM with Shelley Alexander. For more information: Walking-with-Coyote
  • Saturday, May 05, 2018, 12:00 PM with Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes and Elizabeth Cooper-Dodds. For more information: Indigenous-Walk

Urban Coyote Information Session

Representatives with the City of Calgary's Urban Conservation team are hosting an information session on urban coyotes, March 19th from 6pm to 8pm at Vivo , 11950 Country Village Link NE in the Idea Lab room. This is a great opportunity to have your questions answered by City representatives.

The session will include:

  • What does it mean to co-exist with coyotes;
  • What is typical urban coyote behaviour;
  • What is The City doing in relation to coexisting with coyotes;
  • What the individual and community can do to co- exist with coyotes; and
  • An open opportunity for residents to talk with city official about their concerns with coyotes. Keep sharing your questions, comments and ideas, and I look forward to many more opportunities to work together to make Ward 3 and Calgary a great place to live.
Jyoti Gondek
Councillor, Ward 3



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


Annual General Meeting
of the Friends of Nose Hill Society

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Pub/Lounge
at the Triwood Community Centre, 2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW.

Agenda

  1. Approval of the Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, November 16, 2016.
  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, Secretary, and three directors.
    Nominations for these positions should be received by the Secretary of the Society before the start of the Annual General Meeting. The President, Treasurer, and three Directors will continue serving the second year of their terms in the coming year.
  6. Other Business: The Future of Friends.
  7. Adjournment

Following the formal meeting, we will have a special guest speaker:
Jenna McFarland
Animal Care Operations Manager
The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society

Join us for a fun and informative presentation about the wildlife in Nose Hill Park.

Did you know that over 400 species of wildlife live within the City of Calgary? Do you have questions about the wildlife we share our city with?

The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (CWRS) is a registered not-for-profit organization that was established in 1993 to provide professional care and facilities for wildlife rehabilitation. CWRS rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned wild animals in the City of Calgary and surrounding areas. They are an accredited (ABVMA) veterinary hospital, open 365 days a year, and are the only wildlife rehabilitation center in Calgary. The professional staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing medical and rehabilitative care for all injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning them to their natural habitat. CWRS also provides valuable outreach and educational services to the community. For more information, visit www.calgarywildlife.org.

Of Interest:

On Friday October 20, 2017 at NOON, Karen Gummo, Storyteller & Visual Artist, will launch a picture book.

You are invited to the Long Lunch/Quick Reads at:
Loft 112, #112, 535 - 8 Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta

It is a story that began with a family adventure on Nose Hill. she developed the tale orally through workshops with Lisa Hurst Archer and other storytelling mentors. Then she created the images partly from a residency that I did at the Kid's Creative Museum and from many trips up to my favourite Hill.

Bring your lunch or not. Tea and coffee will be offered. Many of her original drawings from the book are framed and displayed on the walls at Loft 112 from now until October 22.

Friends of Nose Hill Society
Amateur Photo Contest

  • Open to all Nose Hill Park enthusiasts.
  • A maximum of four photo submissions, one each for the four contest themes.
  • Photo contest themes include:
    • Landscapes and sky views of Nose Hill Park.
    • Flora and Fauna of Nose Hill Park.
    • Environmental threats to Nose Hill Park.
    • Urban astrophotography from within Nose Hill Park.
Photos must have been taken between October 1st 2016 and September 30th 2017. Guidelines and entry forms are available for download or by request.




Friends of Nose Hill Society Guided Summer Botany Walk

The FONHS is hosting a free guided walk (2 hours) on Nose Hill to identify summer flowers.

  • When: Mon Jun 26, 2017 @ 7pm
  • Where: Nose Hill parking lot at 14 St NW & 64 Ave NW.
Please register at: information@fonhs.org

Our guide, John McFaul, is a professional naturalist who has been leading nature walks and hikes for 30 years. A native Calgarian, 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) and has been awarded the prestigious Loran L. Goulden Award and the Frank and Alice Harper Memorial Award from the Federation of Alberta Naturalists (Nature Calgary). He is an accredited Professional Interpreter with the Interpretive Guides Association (alpenglownaturehikes.ca).



FONHS Guided Walk

The FONHS is hosting a free guided walk (2 hours) on Nose Hill to identify flowers and discuss the May Count of Plants in Bloom.

  • When: Wed May 17, 2017 @ 7pm
  • Where: Nose Hill parking lot at 14 St NW & 64 Ave NW.
Please register at: information@fonhs.org

Our guide, John McFaul, is a professional naturalist who has been leading nature walks and hikes for 30 years. A native Calgarian, 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) and has been awarded the prestigious Loran L. Goulden Award and the Frank and Alice Harper Memorial Award from the Federation of Alberta Naturalists (Nature Calgary). He is an accredited Professional Interpreter with the Interpretive Guides Association (alpenglownaturehikes.ca).






In support of the Alberta Wilderness Association
Saturday, April 22, 2017
The Bow Building
500 Centre St SE, Calgary, AB