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Christmas Bird Count (Lethbridge)
Dec
16
6:30 AM06:30

Christmas Bird Count (Lethbridge)

Are you interested in participating?

This year Lethbridge Christmas Bird Count will take place on December 16.

More information can be found on the Audubon or Bird Studies Canada websites or you can contact the Lethbridge CBC Compiler Ken Orich at korich@telusplanet.net or call him at (403) 381-2351.

Please note, other Bird Counts in Southern Alberta:

  • Waterton - December 15, 2018 - Contact: Dianne Pachal 403-859-5133

  • Crowsnest Pass - January 2, 2019, contact Merilyn Liddell, birds@crowsnestconservation.ca

  • Milk River - January 5, 2019 - contact: Ken Orich 403-381-2351

  • Taber - TBD - contact Lloyd Bennett 403-223-0456 

  • Pincher Creek - TBD

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Coulee Clean-Up at Cottonwood Park
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

Coulee Clean-Up at Cottonwood Park

Join members of the Lethbridge Naturalists' Society for a drop-in Coulee Clean-Up at Cottonwood Park! Help us remove garbage and debris from this natural area while we scramble through one of Lethbridge's nicest parks.

This is a great opportunity to connect with other naturalists, explore a beautiful park, and enjoy the wildflowers and wildlife sightings! Cottonwood Park is already well-maintained with little garbage so this will be more of a leisurely stroll with intent.

Wear sturdy footwear, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and bring a friend! Meet at the parking lot for supplies (bags and gloves) and orientation at 7pm on Thursday May 24 at 7pm. Hope to see everyone there! 

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Christmas Bird Count (Lethbridge)
Dec
17
8:00 AM08:00

Christmas Bird Count (Lethbridge)

Are you interested in participating?

This year Lethbridge Christmas Bird Count will take place on Sunday, December 17, 2017.

More information can be found on the Audubon or Bird Studies Canada websites or you can contact the Lethbridge CBC Compiler Ken Orich at korich@telusplanet.net or call him at (403) 381-2351.

Please note, other Bird Counts in Southern Alberta:

  • Waterton - December 15, 2017 - Contact: Dianne Pachal 403-859-5133
  • Milk River - December 30, 2017 - contact: Ken Orich 403-381-2351
  • Taber - TBA - contact Lloyd Bennett 403-223-0456 
  • Pincher Creek - TBA
  • Crowsnest Pass - TBA 
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Field Trip - Six Mile Coulee Nature Walk
May
18
7:00 PM19:00

Field Trip - Six Mile Coulee Nature Walk

Easy to moderate walking. Focus will be flowers and birds. This evening walk will take us down (and back up) the open grassy coulees to the cottonwood forest and river.

Directions to meeting place – turn south at traffic light on Scenic Drive & 20th Street South, proceed south on Tudor Crescent 2 blocks to Tudor Blvd, turn right (west). The road angles back north and dead ends at a turn-around parking area. Meet here 7:00 pm. Duration – 2.5 hours.

Participants in LNS outings (except Species Counts) will be asked to sign a Waiver and Release Form before taking part in the scheduled event(s). One signed form will cover the whole 2017 field trip season. Please contact the trip leader by 8:00 p.m. of the day before day trips so the leader will know you are coming. Always wear suitable footwear and clothing. For day trips, bring your own lunch and adequate liquids to prevent dehydration, sunscreen, insect repellent and rain gear. Car pooling will be encouraged for out-of-town trips.

Leader – Graeme Greenlee 403-328-8977.

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Field Trip - Great Blue Herons
Apr
20
6:30 PM18:30

Field Trip - Great Blue Herons

See a Great Blue Heron nesting colony, and other wetland birds at the farm of Ron & Lorrraine Russell.

Participants in LNS outings (except Species Counts) will be asked to sign a Waiver and Release Form before taking part in the scheduled event(s). One signed form will cover the whole 2017 field trip season. Please contact the trip leader by 8:00 p.m. of the day before day trips so the leader will know you are coming. Always wear suitable footwear and clothing. For day trips, bring your own lunch and adequate liquids to prevent dehydration, sunscreen, insect repellent and rain gear. Car pooling will be encouraged for out-of-town trips.

Meet in northwest corner of south side Fairway Plaza Safeway parking lot 6:30 pm on Thursday April 20

For more information, contact:

Leader Graeme Greenlee (Ph 403-328-8977).

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Christmas Bird Count (Lethbridge)
Dec
18
8:30 AM08:30

Christmas Bird Count (Lethbridge)

Christmas Bird Count History

“Prior to the turn of the 20th century, people engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas “Side Hunt”:  They would choose sides and go afield with their guns; whoever brought in the biggest pile of feathered (and furred) quarry won.

Conservation was in its beginning stages around that era, and many observers and scientists were becoming concerned about declining bird populations.  Beginning on Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank M. Chapman, an early officer in the then nascent Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition – a “Christmas Bird Census” – that would count birds during the holidays rather than hunt them.

So began the Christmas Bird Count.”

Source: https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count

Did you know?

  • This year is the 117th annual Christmas Bird Count.
  • Christmas Bird Counts are conducted between December 14th and January 5, inclusive dates, each season.
  • Each count takes place in the same established 15-mile (24km) wide diameter circle every year.
  • Every CBC is done by willing and dedicated volunteers.
  • CBCs are a critical part of Citizen Science.
  • Data provided helps researchers, biologists and wildlife agencies to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America.
  • Lethbridge CBC averages 42 different species per count with 49 species counted in 2015.
  • 20,882 Canada Geese were counted in 2015.
  • Mallards, Pigeons, Magpies, Chickadees, Starlings, Bohemian Waxwings, House Finches and House Sparrows are some of the most frequent birds counted.

Are you interested in participating?

This year Lethbridge Christmas Bird Count will take place on Sunday, December 18th.

More information can be found on the Audubon or Bird Studies Canada websites or you can contact the Lethbridge CBC Compiler Ken Orich at korich@telusplanet.net or call him at (403) 381-2351.

 

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Annual Snow Goose Chase Field Trip
Nov
5
9:30 AM09:30

Annual Snow Goose Chase Field Trip

  • Fairmont Blvd S Lethbridge, AB, T1K 6T9 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join birders, outdoor enthusiasts, and other naturalists for a tour of Southern Alberta lakes to view part of the annual snow goose migration.  Expect an enjoyable day and (hopefully) an incredible amount of snow geese making their way south!  Saturday November 5th

To join this field trip:

  • meet at 9:30am at the South-side Fairway Plaza Safeway parking lot (NW corner / carpooling may be available); OR
  • meet at the viewing blind on the North side of Stirling Lake at 10:00am


Please note: waivers must be signed to attend with the LNS.

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