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A Special Evening
with

Myrna Pearman!
 

As a member of Legacy's Circle of Friends you're invited to this special presentation by nature photographer and bluebird expert Myrna Pearman

Ellis Bird Farm Biologist Myrna Pearman will share her knowledge and enthusiasm about Mountain Bluebirds, Tree Swallows and other cavity-nesting birds.
Learn how you can get involved with bird conservation.

Registration opens Tuesday March 3. 😉

To reserve a spot for you and a guest, please contact Julie at julie@legacylandtrustsociety.ca or (403) 556-1029 (Mon to Fri). 

The event is free and by invitation only. Seating is limited to 50. 

The event is in the Bell e-Learning Centre at Olds
College. (Download a map here.)

Doors Open  7:00 pm
Legacy Welcome  7:15  pm
Bluebird Presentation  7:30 pm
Questions & Farewell  8:45 - 9:00 pm

See you Thursday March 26!

Prairie Grasslands

Last week I attended the Transboundary Grassland Partnership Workshop and Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop in Regina.

These workshops connect people to issues that occur across jurisdictions in hopes that collaboration and sharing will lead to more effective conservation outcomes. 

Workshops such as these help us implement management plans, create information networks and understand how our individual conservation actions affect the big picture.

Native prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems across Canada.

When we look at Mountain View County, for example, we can see that much of the native grassland has been converted to tame pasture or cropland.

This conversion has long-term and far-reaching implications for biodiversity, wildlife movement and carbon storage.

Where does Legacy fit in? Land trusts and conservation easements can be used to ensure that native prairie is protected to support local ecology or larger conservation plans and strategies. 

Owen Rodger
Legacy Conservation Coordinator

Volunteer Opportunities


Legacy is often invited to set up a booth at events and shows like February's Living in the Natural Environment at the Cochrane Ranche House.

These invitations are an excellent opportunity to share information about who we are and what we do.

Former board member and volunteer Sarah Leach recently managed a booth at the "Ranching Opportunities Conference" at Olds College.

"We spoke to many ranchers about the benefits of a local land trust," says Sarah. 

"A bluebird house made by Ron Reist garnered lots of interest from landowners.

"Many ranchers already have bluebird boxes on their property, and there were plenty of enthusiastic birders in the audience who came over to the booth to discuss their feathered friends." 

Volunteering at events often includes opportunities to take in some of the activities.

"We were fortunate to see stock dogs herding some recalcitrant heifers, drones with thermal cameras that can find cattle in the dark or heavy brush, and learned how proper stewardship of grazing pastures can increase productivity and carbon sequestration.” 

Sarah says the day was very educational. “It gave us the opportunity to connect with people from all across central Alberta. We look forward to attending each year.”

We have booth opportunities coming up .
If you'd like to help at a booth, please contact
Owen Rodger.

Roots & Boots


Red Deer River Watershed Alliance's Spring Forum is about water stewardship.

This free event is at the Blackfalds Community Centre , March 25, from noon to 4 pm, and features presentations from several groups active in stewarding Alberta's freshwater.

You can sign up online here.

 

Eco-friendly Land Stewardship

Understory and Woody Debris

Biodiversity includes all life (plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms), the communities that they form and the habitats in which they live.

Having a low impact on biodiversity while achieving agricultural and other land-use priorities requires skill, commitment and compromise. 

Most terrestrial biodiversity occurs within a zone one metre below ground to two metres above ground. Healthy understory and the presence of woody and other debris creates microclimates and provides cover and nesting and denning sites.

This is particularly important for small mammals and amphibians, ground-nesting birds, insects and native plants that may not be frequently observed but are important for healthy ecosystem function.

By leaving understory intact and as much woody and other debris including vegetation on the forest floor as possible we can lessen the impact of our land-use activities significantly.  

Our reward will be the satisfaction of contributing in a small-scale way to conserving biodiversity and occasionally obtaining a glimpse of an animal that would not otherwise be present or hearing the song of a ground-nesting bird that now has a safe site to raise its brood.

Doug Collister
Legacy Board Member

Photographer
Sally Banks
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