News from the Friends of Nose Hill – September

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Become an Entrance Keeper of Nose Hill, while you go about your ordinary routine. A member reported he just returned from a walk on Nose Hill and spotted some vandalism on the stainless-steel artwork on the North end of the Walkway over John Laurie Blvd. “It is a ‘tag’ in white paint presumably someone’s initials or symbol. I reported this to the city but thought you might like to know.”

There was a free guided botany walk on Nose Hill (2 hours) in June to identify summer flowers. Walks are popular, so watch for more events at our website www.fonhs.org and/or join us on Facebook. For example, our first Nose Hill Photo Contest is open to all. Guidelines and entry forms are on our website. Email contest entry forms and photo(s) to friendsofnosehill@gmail.com with the subject heading “Photo Contest” by September 30th. Only photos taken October 2016 ‒ September 30th, 2017 are eligible. The judges will convene in October and winners announced at the annual general meeting in November.

There will be a second edition of the Rare Vascular Plants of Alberta (Alberta Native Plant Council). Vascular means that the plant can move water and minerals. The list has changed. Some species were removed and many added. If you would like to submit photos, images for the book will be chosen from those submitted. For a list of plants and instructions go to: www.anpc.ab.ca and, if you have questions, email: ABRarePlantBook@gmail.com.

As previously reported, motion-activated cameras will be installed in 11 Calgary parks, including Nose Hill Park and one provincial park, to monitor wildlife. However, there may be privacy concerns. Any such cameras legally allowed in national parks are locked, so the memory cards cannot be tampered with and images of people are properly disposed of.

Parks Canada issued a restricted activity order, so only people with a research permit can set up remote cameras in national parks. As cameras become less expensive and more accessible to the general public, sometimes staff find unauthorized cameras and take them down.

Use of motion-activated trail cameras by the public for wildlife images is banned. Anyone caught deploying such cameras without a permit may be charged under the Canada National Parks Act. Wildlife officials say they want to prevent disturbance to wildlife at sensitive locations and protect the privacy of people whose images may be collected.

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