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Owen Rodger
Conservation Coordinator

Calling All Photographers!

The call for photos for our 2021 calendar closes June 30.

Anyone—amateur or professional—is welcome to submit photos. Check our website for Submission Guidelines and the Submission Form.

Eco-Friendly Land Stewardship

It’s All About Habitat

Habitat loss is the primary cause of loss in biodiversity.  Many species of wildlife have specific habitat requirements. 

Characteristics of habitat that may influence suitability for wildlife include: height, size, type and age of trees; height, density and food value of understory; density of woody debris and snags; hiding cover value; aspect and slope; and, drainage and soil type.

Here are some species in Mountain View County that have specific habitat requirements:

  • Ovenbirds require sizeable patches of mixed wood. 
  • American Martens also require sizeable patches but of mature coniferous forest with snags for denning and woody debris to support populations of Red-backed Vole, their primary prey.  
  • Connecticut Warblers need continuous old-growth deciduous forest with a healthy understory of grasses and forbs. 
  • Le Conte’s Sparrows need well developed, lightly grazed sedge and grass near wetlands and other poorly drained sites.

Habitat loss occurs when vegetation communities are removed or altered and the landscape’s capability to support wildlife is reduced. Wildlife numbers are directly proportional to the amount of high-quality habitat available. 

Any activity that results in degradation or availability of habitat characteristics can reduce the suitability of the habitat. Examples of such activities include inappropriate grazing, thinning of trees and/or understory, removal of woody debris and snags, and allowing cattle direct access to areas near wetlands.

So, when we are considering activities and land-use changes that have potential to reduce habitat quality, we can look for ways to minimize our impact. Biodiversity will benefit and we will have a healthier landscape to enjoy.

Doug Collister
Legacy Board Member

Rivers and Runoff

During spring runoff, it can be difficult to identify exactly how much water is too much.

Mountain View County has experienced a significant amount of moisture so far this spring. 

In April, ice jams created floods across Alberta, including on the Little Red Deer River. Ice jams are more common on rivers that flow ...

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Who Need Weeds? 

“They're just weeds, love, they don't belong anywhere."

Her granddaughter stuck out her bottom lip and furrowed her brow.

"That doesn't seem very nice. Everything belongs somewhere.”
― Kathryn Hughes, The Letter
Mike Kapiczowski / Prairie Crocuses
Sally Banks / Whitetail Buck / Dandelion & Bee
Doug Collister / American Pine Marten
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