Wednesday, May 27, 2015

2015 Top Ten Endangered Places List (Canada)

Photo, courtesy Robin Bodnaruk

Heritage Canada The National Trust released their list yesterday for 2015's most endangered places. The top 10 featured the Peace River Valley relating the construction of the Site C dam.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

The City of Calgary Flood Readiness Information Sessions - May 27 & 28

The City of Calgary Flood Readiness Information Sessions

The risk of river flooding is the greatest in Calgary from May 15 to July. To help Calgarians understand the risk and prepare for potential flood events, The City of Calgary is hosting two flood readiness information sessions – one for the Bow River and one for the Elbow River.

Calgarians are invited to attend presentations and meet with representatives from The City and the Province of Alberta to learn how they are currently prepared for potential flood events. TransAlta Utilities will be in attendance for the May 27 session to talk about their operations on the Bow River.

Bow River Flood Readiness Information Session
Wednesday, May 27
Foothills Academy (745 37 Street N.W.)
Presentation: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Open House: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Elbow River Flood Readiness Information Session
Thursday, May 28
B’nai Tikvah Temple Social Hall (900 47 Avenue S.W.)
Presentation: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Open House: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information on what The City is doing to build flood resiliency and to sign up for The City’s Flood Readiness community e-newsletter visit
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Fire Ban In Effect

Alberta Wildfire Info : "Effective May 25 at noon, the province is applying a full fire ban to Alberta's forests.

The fire ban applies to the province’s Forest Protection Area (FPA).

What is prohibited? All open fires are banned, including campfires in campgrounds, backcountry and random camping areas. This includes charcoal briquettes, turkey fryers and tiki torches.

Please check daily for detailed information about restrictions and locations."…

Sunday, May 24, 2015

"The Invisible Migration"

Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition writes: "Each year hundreds of millions of tiny wild salmon smolts begin an incredible journey. These young fish swim as far as 600km through the brown, swirling waters of the Skeena river to the sanctuary of the Skeena estuary. It's called the invisible migration because you can't see them below the high spring flows - but they're there - in giant plumes of baby salmon.

Did you know 93% of the entire Skeena watershed sockeye population comes from the Babine and 100% of all our salmon go to Skeena Estuary?

Lake Babine Nation Fisheries, the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition and SkeenaWild Conservation Trust are hosting events across the watershed. Join the Celebration!"

World Fish Migration Day May 21, 2016 |

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Drift Boat Etiquette: Rules of the Road

Photo, Floating British Columbia's Elk River (photo: Chad Shmukler)

Drift Boat Etiquette: Rules of the Road

by Joe Demalderis, Hatch Magazine, May 21, 2015

In its simplest form, etiquette is nothing more than doing the right thing at the right time given a particular situation. Some of these rules have been written down, but most have not. So without a formal written code how do we know the correct conduct for a particular situation? Generally, determining the right thing to do -- following the rules of etiquette -- can usually be accomplished by leveraging common sense and always taking into consideration how you'd like to be treated if your role in the situation at hand was reversed.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Trout seized from anglers on the Bow River

Fish and Wildlife Enforcement writes: These trout were seized from anglers on the Bow River. They are all over 35 cm, and according to the regulations, trout that size from the Bow River must be released. The rules may vary according to species of fish and section of the river. Some sections are even closed to fishing right now. 

We encourage all anglers to check this page for the full breakdown, and know before you go:

H/T to Mike Kelly

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Invasive mussels intercepted on boat bound for Sylvan Lake

Photo, courtesy ESRD, Government of Alberta

Invasive mussels intercepted on boat bound for Sylvan Lake

By Karen Bartko, Global News, May 20, 2015

"...There was a close call this past May long weekend, when the mussels were found on a boat bound for one of the province’s most popular lakes. The boat, originally from Ontario, was headed to Sylvan Lake in central Alberta on Sunday night when it was stopped at a watercraft inspection station meant to prevent the spread of zebra and quagga mussels...

...The province estimates an infestation in Alberta could cost the province more than $75 million annually. In April, the government amended the Fisheries Act, making it mandatory for all vehicles carrying or towing a water-based vessel, like a boat or Sea-Doo, to stop at any inspection station they come upon. Bypassing one can result in fines up to $100,000 or 12 months in prison... "

Read more here:…/invasive-mussels-intercepted-on-boa…/

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Legacy Island Tree Wrap & Clean-up Day - Sunday May 24, 2015

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Calgary Hook and Hackle Club Auction - A Look Back

Club volunteer auctioneers. G. A. Christian Bilou (left) and Stan Ainslie

"The auction was a success and I would like to thank all who attended and spent their money in such a down turn in our ecomony." - Club President Daniel Young
Live Auction stuff

There were 11 trips and lessons donated by club members for the Live Auction - float trips, walk & wade trips, flytying lessons and casting lessons.

Bow River Shuttles donation to the Calgary Hook and Hackle Club Silent Auction - "Fly Fishing Movie Madness" package

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Enforcement increased on eastern slopes public lands

Enforcement increased on eastern slopes public lands

by ESRD, May 14, 2015

Alberta is putting more people on the ground in the eastern slopes this summer to raise awareness around safe and responsible use of public lands.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tree Wrap & Clean-up Day - May 24

Photo, courtesy Trout Unlimited Canada - Bow River Chapter

"We invite you to join the Trout Unlimited Canada - Bow River Chapter for a Tree Wrapping and Clean Up Day at Legacy Island on Sunday May 24, 2015 from 10AM to 4PM.

While the boat launch at Legacy Island was cleaned up following the 2013 flood, there is still significant debris and garbage scattered around the island. In addition, numerous trees on the island either require new wrapping or require repair to old wrapping - an initial survey of the island indicates approximately 70 trees require wrapping.

Wrapping mature trees such as the Cottonwoods along the Bow River with a metal wire protects them from beaver damage and downing which in some areas has devastated riparian vegetation along the Bow River. This is an easy and effective method to protect our mature trees in the riparian area which are essential to bank stabilization and contribute to a healthy ecosystem.

More details will be circulated the week of May 17, 2015. Please come donate a few hours of your time, bring a friend and your work gloves. Your support is appreciated."

More info here: