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Next week we launch our fall conservation fundraiser. This year our theme is Give Our Bluebirds Wings

Last spring we partnered with local Rotarians and community organizations to build 30 nest boxes and established a new section of bluebird trail.

Our fundraiser is part of international Giving Tuesday which occurs Dec 3.   

That day marks the start of the giving season when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for their favourite causes.

Last year we raised more than $6400 to conserve great grey owl habitat. This year — with your help — we hope to exceed that.

Our goal is two-fold: to conserve bluebird habitat and to expand the bluebird trail by building more nest boxes.

Over the coming weeks we’ll be winging our way to you with emails and social media posts explaining how you can help.  

Owen Rodger
Conservation Coordinator
Male Mountain Bluebird / Veronica Reist

Estate Planning Workshop

Did you know that placing a conservation easement (CE) on your land can earn you tax credits?

Or that if your land is deemed ecologically sensitive the resulting tax benefit may be even more financially attractive?
If you'd like to know more about CEs — including how they can help with estate or succession plans — we invite you to attend our Estate and Succession Planning Workshop.

The workshop takes place Thursday November 21 at Mountain View Community Hall.

It features presentations by Legacy Land Trust Society, lawyer Daniel McPherson with MHR Law and chartered accountant Michael Oosterhof with Dart Bryant. 

Registration is $25. Lunch is included. Coffee is on at 9:30 AM, sessions run from 10 to 3. Space is limited so please register by Friday November 15. 

For more information or to register, please call our office (403) 556-1029 or email me, Owen Rodger.
Bohemian Waxwing / Alicia Strelkov

2020 Calendars

Our calendar would make a lovely gift for someone on your holiday list. It features 56 full-colour photos by 31 photographers—almost all photos are taken in Mountain View County.
Your $20 donation goes to help Legacy fund its conservation work. Copies are available at our office. Or you can pick one up at our table at the Bergen Christmas Market on Saturday November 23 from 10 to 1.
Hummingbird Moth / Marilyn Phillips

Meet Sarah Henn

We're fortunate for people like Sarah who volunteer their time and skills to help us achieve our goals.

Sarah has done an amazing job, first helping with our Water Quality and You program and now helping with the digital filing system for our growing photo library.

Sarah was raised on Vancouver Island with forest close at hand and the ocean at her doorstep

"I was always outside playing and having new adventures in the outdoors," she says.

"Now a mother of two beautful daughters I realized over the last couple of years watching my children grow that if we don't start now finding ways to conserve and protect nature, life will be very different for my children and grandchildren."

Sarah first heard about Legacy Land Trust Society at one of SPOG's  Neighbours Day events a couple of years ago.

"As I learned what LLTS was really all about I saw that this was a community that I wanted to get involved with. I am also a leader for the Girl Guides of Canada and believe that the information needs to be shared with our younger generation. Protecting our environment and lands needs to become a way of life and not something to be ignored."

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

Erratic Behaviour

A rock is just a rock. Or is it?

Glacial Erratic at Jackson Lake, Mountain View County

Have you ever been driving through Alberta and suddenly spotted a huge boulder and thought: “How the heck did that get there?”

This question arose recently while I was walking the Legacy Conservation Easement at Jackson Lake. One of these boulders, known as glacial erratics, was noted on the map, but exploring further we discovered three more around the lake. There are probably a few more buried beneath the layers of muck and sediment surrounding the wetland area.

These rocks are members of the so-called Foothills Erratics Train, which follows a rather straight path along Alberta's eastern slopes south into Montana—930 km. These erratics are remarkable for their sheer size—most are in the size range of a refrigerator to a small house. They sit nicely arranged on top of the prairie, usually level and unbroken.

So how did they get here?

Based on their composition of light grey and pink quartzite, the origin of these rocks has been matched to an area near Jasper, close to the headwaters of the Athabasca River. The rocks themselves were formed over 500 million years ago.

Analysis of the most recent fractured sides of the rocks indicates they broke off some fifteen thousand years ago—most likely in a landslide which dropped them on top of a massive ice sheet that covered most of the continent at that time. These giant rocks then “flowed” on top of the glacier from their source, and travelled hundreds of kilometres before reaching their resting places.

Keep your eyes peeled for glacial erratics throughout Mountain View County, especially along Highway 766.

P.S. The largest erratic in the Foothills Erratics Train is Big Rock, south of Okotoks.

Article & Photo by Jordan Collin
Summer Junior Environmental Conservationist

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