June – News from the Friends of Nose Hill

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The FONHS hosted a free guided walk (2 hours) on Nose Hill to identify

flowers and discuss the May Count of Plants in Bloom. Our guide was John McFaul, a professional naturalist who has been leading nature walks and hikes for 30 years. He received a BSc degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Calgary. John is an accredited Professional Interpreter with the Interpretive Guides Association, a member of the Friends of Nose Hill, and an honourary member of the Calgary Field Naturalists’ Society (Nature Calgary). He has the Loran L. Goulden Award and the Frank & Alice Harper Memorial Award from the Federation of Alberta Naturalists.

The Alberta May Count of Plants in Bloom is an annual event sponsored by Nature Alberta to record plants in bloom in Alberta during the last week in May, using a standardized approach. The purpose is to provide information on the distribution of flowering plants in Alberta. This monitors the spread of non-native species and provides insights into the response of plants to variations in climate.

The City is responsible for the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and programming for 800 kilometers of pathways. Calgary has the largest urban bike path system in North America. Let’s keep this in mind while Nose Hill needs restoration and trails are closed to protect wildlife habitat.

You can download the new Pathways & Bikeways App from www.calgary.ca. The map is now in three formats: Mobile Application, Online, Paper Copy. Please note that Pathways are off-street routes and Bikeways are on-street routes. The speed limit along pathways is 20 k.p.h., unless posted. Wear a helmet. Yield to the right of way. Stay on the right side of the pathway, unless passing. Use a bell, whistle or horn to protect walkers and joggers. Do not pass in sections with a double yellow line. You cannot cycle or in-line skate on a pathway with a leashed dog.

All pathways and trails are for non-motorized use, except for powered wheelchairs. A regional pathway is part of the city-wide network, paved with asphalt, and off-street. A local pathway has routes in communities, linking to neighbourhood parks, schools, and other community destinations. Trails are unpaved paths and may be granular or compacted dirt. If you know of a bylaw infraction and would like to report it, please call 311.

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