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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.

ASCCA featured on CBC radio "Outdoor Report"
Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area was recently featured on CBC radio's "Outdoor Report", which airs each Thursday morning.  If you didn't catch the Outdoor Report live, you can listen to the show online here. A big thank-you to CBC radio, Paul Karchut, and our very own Lesley MacDonald for making the show happen!

Summer Newsletter
Thursday, June 21, 2012

For those of you wondering what the results of the winter grazing were, what the beaver reintroduction project is all about, or just when you can grab some free pancakes at our Stampede Breakfast, check out the Summer Newsletter (click here)!

Cougar Sighting
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A cougar was seen moving along the fenceline to the West of Belvedere House on June 18 around 4:00pm.  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.

Couger Sighting

Hawkwood School Makes their own Cross Website
Friday, April 13, 2012

An Autumn visit from the grade 3 classes from Hawkwood School inspired a fantastic student website of their time  at the Cross Conservation Area. Their work is a testament to their enthusiasm for nature and their understanding of the value of conservation in their community. Totally epic!

area wildlife + plants

Prairie Sage
Artemisia ludoviciana
Pale grey-green leaves that alternate.  Top of the leaves feel like felt, covered in short white hair.  Upper leaves shorter and narrower than lower leaves.  Leaves have a very distinct smell.
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to find out more.
Click on Area Wildlife
to find out more.

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