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Wow! Look what you told us about our
Mountain Bluebird Campaign!

This donation is a small token of my big appreciation for Legacy's efforts to advance conservation in Alberta. Keep up the excellent work on all fronts!
Keep up the good work! You are forward thinking and doing much to continue to preserve our environment for the enjoyment of all us
Great campaign for a beautiful bird! 
I have 5 bluebird boxes, a bird bath and a feeder (meal worms). They don't always nest here, but come to eat and bath. Several times this fall I had in excess of 50 bluebirds at a time in my yard! A beautiful and amazing sight. They are so people friendly. 
Thank you for all the great work you do to conserve wild spaces!

And our thanks to you for your support!

Have A Ball!

Suet balls are a favourite high-calorie food for winter birds like woodpeckers, nuthatches, blue jays and chickadees.

We're looking for a few volunteers to help us offer a suet ball workshop for children and their parents or grandparents. 
We'll provide the ingredients and the location — you'll help us with the activity! We hope to offer this event in the New Year. 

Call or email me Owen Rodger if you'd like to help!

Campbell Conservation Easement

This property was once a gravel pit

In November Legacy Land Trust Society and Mountain View County signed a conservation easement on a property known as the Campbell Gravel Pit located in the Eagle Hill Area. 

This 160-acre parcel has a small reclaimed gravel pit on it and is considered an ESA-1 which means it has very high environmental significance. 

Located between the Boreal and Parkland natural regions the Campbell property is an area of high biodiversity. A portion of the Little Red Deer River flows through it.

The property is primarily native vegetation including: mixed-wood forest, riparian vegetation, and river and shrub land. 

Alongside sustainably managed cattle grazing, this conservation project will protect important natural lands and lands that provide key ecosystem goods and services in the Red Deer River Watershed such as water filtration and pollinator habitat.

We are thrilled about this agreement and look forward to monitoring and stewarding this property.

We send special thanks to Mountain View County Council and Staff for their efforts to conserve—in perpetuity—both environmental lands and agricultural lifestyle through agreements such as this conservation easement.

This is Legacy's second easement with the County.
View the video on the Jackson Lake Conservation Easement.

Spotlight on Volunteers

Husband-and-wife team Ron and Veronica Reist are great supporters of Legacy. They also donated prizes to our current fundraiser—Give Our Bluebirds Wings.

Veronica donated a selection of her photo cards. Ron donated one of his handmade bird houses—and the grand prize of a trip for two to accompany him on his Mountain Bluebird trail next spring!

P.S. You still have time to win!


Ron Reist

Ron became passionate about birds as a young boy rafting on a country slough in Central Alberta. 

His interest—some might say obsession—has taken him to more than 10 countries around the world in search of rare species, unusual bird behaviours and the camaraderie of fellow birders.

“I manage a Mountain Bluebird trail around Olds—including 30 boxes dedicated and supplied by Legacy Land Trust,” says Ron. “Over 800 Mountain Bluebirds and 1200 Tree Swallows are born in these boxes every year. I believe that without this conservation measure, these two species would be in serious trouble.”

Ron says bird watching and conservation go hand in hand.  

“Without habitat, the birds have no place to live and thrive. Indeed, most species of birds that are threatened or on the verge of extinction are in this state due to habitat destruction.  Maintaining forests, including dead snags, are vital to the survival of hundreds of avian species.

“I support Legacy Land Trust to support the healthy population of bird species found in Alberta.”

For his dedication and work on behalf of birds, Ron was awarded the 2018 Blue Feather Award presented by Ellis Bird Farm.

At Legacy's Annual General Meeting last June Ron introduced enthusiastic members to his Mountain Bluebird Trail and an opportunity to see him band young bluebirds


Veronica Reist

Veronica is usually found behind the camera not in front of it. She often documents Ron as he monitors his Mountain Bluebird Trail.

As a young adult Veronica loved exploring nature and her own creativity through photos. However, it wasn’t until her children grew up and left home that she truly pursued her inner passion. 

“On a trip to South America in 2007 I really started to explore all possibilities concerning photography,” she says. “Spending time with photography is like spending time with a best friend. I give myself permission everyday to learn more, try more, and teach others the joy photography can bring to their own lives.”

Veronica’s love for photography gives her much more than simply photos. On a personal level it takes her back to her explorations as a child, and now she dedicates time and passion capturing those same natural beauties that surround her every day.

Veronica is a regular contributor to Legacy's annual calendar and our newsletter. You can see a selection of her photography here. She also sells her work and teaches photography.

If you'd like to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Legacy 
please call or email me Owen Rodger.


Sneak Peak!

Have you got your copy yet?

Photographed by Jayne Carlielle, this Common Grackle is one of more than 50 photos featured in our 2020 calendar!

Your $20 donation helps Legacy fund its conservation work. Copies are available at our office.

Or pick one up at our table at the Carstairs Christmas Market at Hugh Sutherland School  — Fri. Dec 13 from 2-7 or Sat Dec 14 from10-3. 
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