Conservation News for Our Circle of Friends         July 2022

American White pelicans, among the largest birds in the world, are colony nesters. Disturbing their breeding sites through human activity or changing water levels is the biggest threat they face. When this happens the adults may abandon an entire colony, leaving eggs and chicks unprotected.

Gerry Good's photo is the August feature in our calendar.


Art from the Heart

Many thanks to photographer Karen Fahrlander who donated her metal print of a River Jewelwing to Legacy as a fundraiser.

This iridescent damselfly lives near small forest streams. Karen photographed it on one of Legacy's conservation properties along the Little Red Deer River.

Riparian Workshop

This summer Cows and Fish held a riparian workshop for summer staff and interested landowners. Many of Legacy's conservation properties contain riparian areas, the lands adjacent to wetlands, lakes, rivers and streams. The workshop was designed to help participants identify riparian plants as well as to assess riparian health.

The workshop was held on Campbell Pit, a conservation property owned by Mountain View County.

Volunteer Opportunity!

Legacy will have an information booth at Neighbours Day in Sundre on August 26, from 8 am to 3 pm

This annual event is sponsored by SPOG (Sundre Petroleum Operators Group).

We're looking for volunteers to help with our information booth. You'll be paired with an experienced volunteer to share information about our conservation work and outreach programs. Email if you'd like to help.

Wood Walkers

Seven of us trekked through the boreal forest on a recent July morning. As you can tell we were bundled up well against the mosquitoes.

Among our discoveries, an active wasp nest dug up by a skunk, clusters of orchids, carpenter ant workings, mushrooms, spruce budworms and yes, as promised, Fairy Puke Lichen. 😉

I'll offer another morning walk later in the summer or early fall, probably on the weekend. Email me if you're interested in joining us.


Thirsty Birds

This summer's hot weather is hard on everyone including birds as their regular sources of water dry up. Setting out dishes of clean water (and cleaning the containers daily) will help them through this heat wave.

Last year I shared pictures of the Great Gray Owl
who came for a drink and stayed for a bath.

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This downloadable digital guide features 17 species with 45 full-colour photos. Email us for your copy!
Have you ever found animal droppings and wondered what animal they came from?  Check out the quirky  Scat Identification: A Visual Aid to Identifying Scat.
Gerry Good / American White Pelicans
Sally Banks / Karen Fahrlander / Riparian Workshop / Great Gray Owl 
Jayne Carlielle / Wood Walkers
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