Photos by Paula R.
September is great for biking. Ruth led a group of RM Nats beginning at the south end of Pighin Road for a leisurely bike ride along the fairly flat paved Pighin Road to the end. Once there, a gate led them into a conservation area for a short hike followed by a return bike ride to the vehicles.
Photos by Paula R.
Bob Livsey (Nature Bob) led an enthusiastic group of RMNs up the Fernie ski hill to look for butterflies, plants and fossils. It was a cool morning, but turned warm and then hot pretty quickly. Everyone managed to get to the top of the Great Bear Express, where we had our lunch. The hike up was one great view after another and so was the hike down! We learned a little about the geology of the mountains in this area, looked at fossils and did some plant identification along the way. A great way to spend a day! We even got to go up and down on the chair lift, which was a first-time experience for some. Many thanks to everyone involved in planning this and to Bob for an entertaining and informative hike.
All photos where taken by Helga Knote.
Rocky Mountain Naturalists enjoyed an evening paddle at Munroe Lake at the end of July using a nice assortment of water craft, a canoe, kayaks and a standing board. Nice to see Gray Jays, Swainson's Thrush, Osprey as well as a moose. Informative discussion regarding the Munroe Lake Fire and the changes and growth of the new forest.
Photos - George Rogers
We had a great outing to the Silver Springs Overlook on Friday July 17th. Got lots of birds on the way as well as many wildflowers still in bloom. At the top it was a little too perilous for some so they took the cautious route. The views were fantastic from up there and we are hoping for another visit to those beautiful lakes perhaps in the fall.
Idlewild dam was built in the 1930s and is an earth-fill dam with a concrete core. The city has said that the dam is classified as a very high consequence dam by the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The Dam Breach Inundation Study noted if the dam failed, the uncontrolled release of water from Idlewild Lake would follow Joseph Creek through town and potentially flood up to 21 per cent of the city. City council needs to lower the lake as a temporary measure to protect the public, but would revisit the matter in the future. Now the dam is being removed and the lake drained.
Location: Campbell-Meyers Lake past Fort Steele
Date: Saturday, June 13 AND Sunday, June 14
Option: Register for one or both days
Information or to register please contact: Roger Warnatsch
604 831 5807 - email@example.com
DAY 1: Lakewater Level 1 – Basic Tandem
Introduction to canoeing, You will learn:
· Forward, stopping and reverse
· Basic turns while paddling forward
· Spins and sideslip manoeuvres
· Capsizes and rescues
· Canoeing Safety guidelines and equipment
· Paddles, PFDs and other gear
· Storing and waterproofing gear
· Paddling positions and boat trim
· Handling waves and wind
· Launching and landing
DAY 2: Lakewater Level 2 – Basic Solo
Introduction to paddling solo, You will learn:
· Solo paddling positions and trim
· Solo spins and sideslips
· The Pivot Point and extending your strokes for better control
· Solo rescues
· Developing effective reverse paddling
· Introduction to environmental ethics and access concerns
OPTION: Lakewater Level 3 – Advanced Tandem
Nineteen naturalists joined Daryl on a hike at the Hoodoos in Fairmont. There were lots of Crocuses, Narrow-leaf Desert-parsley, balsumroot, and Dandelions. Some lemonweed and kinninnick just coming nicely into flower too. New for me this year was fairybells, Saskatoon, and Townsendia. On the trail at Canal Flats that takes you to the headwaters of the Colombia River (a very neat walk!) there was a little pink flower that no one was able to identify. Lyle and Peter took photographs and were going to try to key it out at home.
(note from Lyle) The little pink flowers we found on the Canal Wetland is Primula mistassinica, has several common names, Birds Eye Primrose, Mistassini Primrose. It likes stream margins and wet meadows. Family Primulaceae.
Photos by Peter, Lyle and Greg
Fifteen members of our club headed up the 3 km loop trail behind Wasa campground as we began our Memorial Outing on April 18, remembering Mildred White, (We did this for many years mid April with Mildred White leading us on the annual Crocus Walk.) We will next headed over to check out what ducks are at the lake and sloughs, a favorite activity of Anne Redfern. Anne Redferne, then finally in remembrance of Tony Wideski we walked across Bummer's Flats. We had lovely weather and enjoyed the following 13 flowering plants and 34 species of birds at 3 locations:
Early blue violets
We visited Wasa Lake and Sloughs for birds before heading down to Bummer’s Flats. (here is a chance to test your four letter bird code (FLBC) skills)
COLO AMCR TOSO YRWA KILL
BUFF TRSW SOSP BAEA AMCO
NOPI NSHO HOGR RWSW RWBL
MALL NOFL PISI RBNU SORA
GWTE AMRO HOME AMWI REDH
RNDU EUWI CAGO PBGR AMKR
NOHA YHBL WEBL RCKI
Over a dozen RMNs enjoyed a wild and windy morning, walking around and through the golf course and down to the St. Mary River with its magnificent hoodoos. Thanks to Stewart Wilson for leading this very enjoyable outing and sharing his photos. We tallied up 26 bird species for the day and many other great sightings. Some of the great bird photos (Merlin, Red-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, Common Merganser and more) are posted on our "Nature Photos" page.
The Rocky Mountain Naturalists joined up with Peter Sherrington and the Crowsnest Conservation Society to view the raptor migration in the Crowsnest area. Below is Peter Sherrington's report for the day.
Beaver Mines (Peter Sherrington, assisted by Denise Cocciolone-Amatto and members of the Crowsnest Conservation Society and the Cranbrook Rocky Mountain Naturalist Society) 1200-1830. The temperature rose from 7C to 10C, winds were initially WSW 10-15 gusting 30 km/h becoming ESE 10-15 gusting 25 after 1500 becoming lighter later in the afternoon. Cloud cover was initially 10-30% cumulus which resulted in extensive blue sky behind the “Big Hill” before 1600 which made locating high-flying raptors difficult, but subsequent thickening of the cloud cover to 80-90% altocumulus, cumulus and cirrus made the task easier for the rest of the day. There was a steady stream of migrants between 1257 and 1825 involving 9 species of migrants. The total of 125 birds, which is the third highest count of the season, comprised 4 Bald Eagles (3a, 1sa), the year’s first 4 Northern Harriers (2 adult males and 2 females), 4 Sharp-shinned Hawks (1a, 3u), 4 Northern Goshawks (2a, 2u), 3 adult light morph calurus Red-tailed Hawks, 2 dark morph Rough-legged Hawks, 101 Golden Eagles (97a, 4sa), the season’s first American Kestrels (a male and a female) and 1 columbarius Merlin of unknown age or sex. The busiest hour was 1500-1600 which saw passage of 54 migrants, 50 of which were Golden Eagles. BAEA 4 (114), NOHA 4 (4), SSHA 4 (6), NOGO 4 (16), RTHA 3 (9), RLHA 2 (29), GOEA 101 (866), AMKE 2 (2), MERL 1 (7) TOTAL 125 (1060)
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