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If you recognize this photo you probably have a copy of our 2021 calendar on your wall. The photo, by Colin Farrell, captures the striking beauty of winter.

It's just one of many images that reflect moments in and around Mountain View County that made our calendar a best-seller.

The call for photos for our 2022 calendar will go out in April. Grab your camera the next time you head outdoors and see what you can find!

Upcoming Events


Thanks again to all who generously donated to our Passionate About Pollinators campaign. You help make good things happen!

We are planning a series of pollinator workshops for the summer so I’ve been applying for grants to supplement the funds we raised in the  campaign.

We want to have a series of hands-on, outdoor learning events over the summer to raise awareness about pollinators and how to enhance their habitat. We’ll share more details in March. 

Once a year Legacy holds a one-day workshop titled Conserving Your Land–Estate and Succession Opportunities to share information with landowners about conservation easements.

This year, because of COVID-19, we’re developing a virtual version. We plan to have this ready for the end of February into March with one session per week for four weeks. The webinar recordings will be available year-round.

January has been full of meetings with the board and its committees along with work on our upcoming pollinator program.  

We have also been updating our policies and the directors’ manual. In the spring we will be updating our strategic plan for the next 3-to-5-year period. 

Keri Sharpe
Executive Director

Conservation Easements

January has been busy with year-end reporting to our funding agencies including the Alberta Land Trust Grant Program (ALTGP).

At the end of 2020, we had conservation easements (CEs) registered on 6 properties.

We will have two new CEs registered this spring, totalling about 790 acres. This will bring us to 8 CEs covering 2142 acres.

We have secured funding for 6 more projects (about 792 acres) whose CEs will be registered over the next couple years. 

By March we will know which of an additional 6 projects (1598 acres) will also receive funding. We already have more projects on the list for application to the grant program in September. 

It’s looking to be a busy year. It will be great when we are able to get out to do some property visits!

Mary Jane Block
Conservation Director

Snow Fleas!

On some warm winter days when the temperature is either side of freezing keen eyes may notice tiny pepper-like specks bouncing on the snow. 

These wee creatures, called snow fleas, aren't fleas at all—they’re springtails. (They're not even insects but that's a tale for another time.)
Tucked under the abdomen is a tail-like structure called a furcula. When the snow flea releases the furcula it catapults the owner into the air—hence the name springtail. 

Springtails are great decomposers, feeding on decaying plant material and soil bacteria. They’re active year-round but because of their size it’s unlikely you’ll see them any time but winter.

The ones I found were about 1–2 mm long, shorter than an eyelash. Sometimes they gather in such huge numbers they turn the snow black.

Like some other “cold-blooded” animals, springtails contain a natural antifreeze that keeps their bodies from freezing. Springtails in Antarctica are tougher than our Alberta species. They’ve been seen hopping about at -38C. 

Sally Banks
Communications Volunteer
Biodiversity

These tiniest life forms—insects, fungi and bacteria—are reserves of diversity that recycle our biosphere.

Matt Kane
National Science Division
of Environmental Biology
 
Photographers
Colin Farrell / Winter Trees
Marilyn Phillips / Wild Bee & Pussywillows
Colin Huggons / Spotted Coral Root Orchid
Sally Banks / Snow Fleas / Mushrooms
 
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