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Dark Sky Country
Thursday, October 5, 2017

From The Municipal District of Foothills No. 31.

"Along with the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory and the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area, the MD Dark Sky Committee would like to create awareness about Dark Skies in a friendly manner and lead people to more information.

The ASCCA is a nocturnal preserve for local wildlife that faces the threat of light pollution, and the Rothney Observatory depends on dark skies to accurately measure astral phenomena.

We hope you'll be inspired to participate in reducing light pollution, which will also help with the overall health of our own connected neighboring landscapes and allow us to continue to view the stars from our own back yards, which is part of the enjoyment of country living! When more people are made aware through this Dark Sky Country initiative, we can take action together to preserve our night skies. Looks for new signs in Div. 4, MD Foothills"

Feel free to browse through the links below:

International Dark Sky Association

·     http://www.darksky.org/resources/public-outreach-materials/

·     http://www.darksky.org/light-pollution/

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

·     https://www.ucalgary.ca/rao/

Dark Sky Finder (a map showing light levels at night around the world)

·     http://darksitefinder.com/maps/world.html

Watch the ASCCA's webinar with the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan Engaging Communities in Nocturnal Conservation: Why Nocturnal Preserves are needed.

Download a PDF of the MD Foothills current Dark Sky Bylaw and Strathcona County's Dark Sky Community Handbook (links below)


Volunteer Recruitment and Training for Spring 2017
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Interested in volunteering with the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area?

ASCCA has hired a new volunteer coordinator, who will be organizing new volunteer recruitment and training sessions in Spring 2017.

Please check our website for updates and feel free to contact our coordinator Anna Aldridge at info@crossconservation.org or (403) 931-1042 with any questions. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer next year, we recommend you join our email list.




Nature Safari Daycamp Registration now open!
Friday, February 6, 2015

Please check out what weeks work best for your child's awesome summer experience.

Or email Laura for more information: lgriffin@crossconservation.org

We look forward to seeing you this summer.

Check out our Winter Newsletter!
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hello Everyone!  Please find our Winter Newsletter attached to this page to get to know the ASCCA a little bit better!  If you have any questions, comments, or would like a hard copy please contact us at info@crossconservation.org or call Jen at 403-931-1042



As a result of growing concern about a need to protect the environmental sensitivity of the area along Pine Creek Trail the Staff at the ASCCA have decided to CLOSE PINE CREEK TRAIL until further notice.

A new, less intrusive trail has been opened in it's place. This trail will be known as the Paradise Trail and the grass has been cut on the new trail to help hikers identify it.  This trail is shorter than Pine Creek Trail was, however it encompasses much of the upper portion of the old Pine Creek Trail and displays many of the same spectacular views.

We are sorry for any inconvenience but have to support our first guiding principle to protect habitat and provide space for native species of wildlife through the careful management of the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area's natural resources.

New maps is available via the PDF below and if you would like the .gpx file to load into your gps device please contact us.  
If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact us at 403-931-1042 or at info@crossconservation.org.
See you at the Mayor's Expo!
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Please join us June 3-5 from 9am - 3pm at the Mayor's Environmental Expo to learn more about the native species we have at the Cross Conservation Area!

We will be one of many booths showcasing environmental projects taking place in the Calgary area so come by, say hello and test out your native species knowledge! 




Thursday, February 20, 2014


Are you a Student Looking for the BEST Summer Job? You're in Luck because the ASCCA is Hiring! 

Do you have a passion for nature and want to share it with youth in your community?  Or love working with your hands spending sunny summer days outdoors?  Perhaps you want to escape the city and work in an office with views of the mountains and rolling foothills... 

Make your dreams a reality and work at the ASCCA as a summer student!  This summer the ASCCA is hiring 3 students to fill the positions of an Environmental Archivist, Education Assistant and a Habitat Management Assistant.  Please see the jobs tab for job descriptions and more details. 


area wildlife + plants

Arctic Blue
Agriades franklinii

Habitat:  The Arctic Blue can be found throughout Alberta, except for in the mountains.  The Arctic Blue prefers open, dry, sandy places and gets its name from its large habitat range that continues all the way into the Arctic islands.

Description:  Mostly a dingy blue in color, on the underside of the hind wings can be found white spotting

Size:  25-30mm...

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