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Thanks to Our Volunteers
Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Today is International Volunteers Day, and we at the ASCCA would like to say a huge thank-you to all of our wonderful and dedicated volunteers. 

Leave it to Beavers: October Project Update
Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A whole beaver family has been relocated to the ASCCA as part of our beaver reintroduction project. We are very excited to have the mom, dad and 2 kits here and will be giving regular updates on the project's progress, both on our website and Facebook page.

Grade 7 students from the Calgary Science School made their first citizen-science visit to the ASCCA in mid-October.  Click here for the full project update for October.  We will continue to post future project updates here.

Thanks to: the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, Alberta Ecotrust, Alberta Conservation Association, Land Stewardship Centre and The Calgary Foundation for their generous funding of this project.

New Photos Added to Gallery
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New photos from wildlife cameras on the ASCCA have been added to our Photo Gallery!  Check them out and upload your own photos.

Cougar and Bear Active in Area
Friday, August 31, 2012

Cougar have been repeatedly sighted in the NE portion of the property, between the east portion of Rancher's Trail and the lower parking lot.  Fresh evidence of bear in the area has been seen in multiple locations between the Rancher's and Fescue Trail Loops and there was a possible bear sighting on the Fescue trail.  All visitors are asked to use caution and make your presence known on the trails at all times.  It is strongly advised to travel in groups of four or more at this time.

Cougar Sighting
Sunday, July 22, 2012

A cougar was seen along the road between the lower and upper parking lots to the North of Belvedere House on July 22 around 7:30pm.  It then proceeded to the east and carried on along the North fenceline.  Please use caution and make your presence known on the trails.  It is advised to travel in groups of four or more people on the trails at this time.

the cougar was spotted to the north of Belvedere House along the road from the lower parking lot

Pine Creek Homecoming: Beaver Release Underway!
Friday, July 20, 2012

Castor Canadensis, Canada's national animal, has returned to the ASCCA.  A reintroduction project, aimed at restoring the Pine Creek watershed, has begun, and you can see the release of one lucky beaver which was live-trapped and relaocated to the ASCCA by viewing it online *here*. 

The project is being conducted with the help of the Alberta EcoTrust, the Alberta Conservation Association, the Land Stewardship Centre, the Miistakis Institute, the Calgary Science School, and Cows and Fish, and will monitor changes to the watershed after the beaver population is reintroduced.

area wildlife + plants

Wild Strawberry
Fragaria virginiana
Compound leaves with 3 leaflets, that are broad, oval shaped and toothed.  Blue-green in color, smooth above and hairy below. White flowers grow on a leafless stem, 5 petals per flower.  "Berry" is 10-15mm in diameter (much smaller than the berries you buy in the supermarket).
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