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April 2019

City Nature Challenge Bioblitz Workshop: Pearce Estate Park

April 13 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Pearce Estate Park, 1440 17a st SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 4T9
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Location: Pearce Estate Park
Directions: 1440 17a St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 4T9
Target Species: Wetland plants, Birds, Fish
Leader: Matt Wallace
What to Bring: Camera or smartphones; Download and sign-up for iNaturalist.ca prior to workshop; Weather appropriate clothing as this activity will take place outside.

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City Nature Challenge Bioblitz Workshop: Reader Rock Garden

April 21 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Reader Rock Garden, 311-25th Avenue SE
Calgary, alberta T2G 5V1
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April 21, 2019; Sunday; 1:30 to 3:30pm
Plants of Reader Rock Garden Workshop
Location: Reader Rock Garden
Directions: East of Macleod Tr & S of 25 Av SE.
Target Species: Hepaticas, Snowdrops, Crocus, Larch, Birds, Insects
Leader: Gus Yaki / Matt Wallace
What to Bring: Camera or smartphones Download and sign-up for iNaturalist.ca prior to workshop; Weather appropriate clothing as this activity will take place outside.

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City Nature Challenge Workshop: Britannia Slopes

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Britannia Slopes, 4616 Britannia Dr SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 1J6
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We are on the hunt for wild spring flowers and will give you all the hot tips to use iNaturalist in process!
Location: Britannia Slopes
Directions: From Elbow Dr, West on 47 Av SW; left at Crescent Blvd. Park on Britannia Dr SW
Target Species: Crocus, other early flowers, bird, and wildlife.
Leader: Gus Yaki/ Matt Wallace
What to Bring: Camera or smartphones; Download and sign-up for iNaturalist.ca prior to workshop; Weather appropriate clothing as this activity will take place outside

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City Nature Challenge Calgary

April 26 - April 29
Calgary, Calgary, + Google Map

CNC YYC 2019 Join the challenge to see how Calgary's nature stacks up to cities around the world! Calgary will be under a total bioblitz and will compete with cities like Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco and over 160 others in an attempt to document and identify all things wild! CNC has three categories for cities to compete: The largest amount of observations made between April 26 - 29 The greatest number of species documented The highest number of…

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City Nature Challenge Kickoff: Trees of Stanley Park

April 26 @ 9:15 am - 12:00 pm
Stanley Park, 4011 1a St SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 2P5
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April 26, Friday, 9:15am

City Nature Challenge Kickoff: Trees of Stanley Park
Location: Stanley Park
Directions: 42 Ave SW, 2 blocks W of Macleod
Target Species: 85 tree species including Black Walnut and Butternut, Birds, Insects, Wildlife
Leader: Gus Yaki (others to be confirmed)

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City Nature Challenge: Rare Plants of Edworthy Park

April 26 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Edworthy Park, 5050 Spruce Dr. S.W
Calgary, Alberta
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April 26, Friday, 2pm
Location: Edworthy Park (upper level)
Directions: Located just E of Sarcee Trail, just N of Bow Trail SW. To access, get on Spruce Dr, then go W. At its end, road swings slightly. Do not go down Edworthy Park (Coulee) Rd; instead keep left on Edworthy St. This immediately swings to the right paralleling Sarcee Trail. Meet in 1st parking lot. Area used by dog-walkers so may be full. If so, park just beyond, or behind another participant.
Target Species: Rare plants, Insects, Birds, Wildlife
Leader: Karel Bergmann, 403-285-2380.

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City Nature Challenge Gus’ Native Garden Tour

April 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gus’s Garden, 420 Brunswick Av SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 1N8
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Gus has one of the wildest gardens you can imagine. It feels like a fairy tale with over 300 plant species (mostly native plants) that create a unique urban habitat for a huge variety of insects and birds. This will be an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to learn about naturalized yards and the potential for urban biodiversity. Bring your cameras and document everything he has living around his home. Target Species: 300 plant species, Garden Insects, Birds Leader:…

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City Nature Challenge: Flora of the Weaselhead Area

April 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Weaselhead Park, 66th Ave & 37th St. SW
Calgary, Alberta
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The Weaselhead is one of the most beautiful natural areas within Calgary! Explore the rich biodiversity that exist along the trails of the park and catalog your findings for CNC YYC. We will learn about the trees, shrubs, grasses and any spring native flowers that are brave enough to show themselves. Keep your cameras on hand so you can document any wildlife or insects along the walk. We will hike approximately 4 km.
Leader: Teresa Lynch, Naturalist, Glenmore Park/ Weaselhead Preservation Society

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City Nature Challenge Gus’ Native Garden Tour

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gus’s Garden, 420 Brunswick Av SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 1N8
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300+ Species of plants, Garden Insects, and Birds
Leader: Gus Yaki

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City Nature Challenge Urban Habitats: Confederation Coulee Part 1

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Canmore Park, 032 Chicoutimi Dr NW
Calgary, Alberta T2L 0V7
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This tour will be part one of a series of events hosted by Friends of Confederation Creek during the City Nature Challenge weekend. Part one aims to document the biodiversity of West Confederation Park formally known as Canmore Park. Together, all of the confederation creek events will help to establish a baseline data set of biodiversity in the coulee. Have your cameras ready to document the riparian and upland plants, birds, and wildlife that utilize this amazing urban corridor! This event is open to families and will be a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and explore your favorite park!

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CNC YYC Urban Habitats: Birds of Elliston Park

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Elliston Park, 1827 68 St SE
Calgary, Alberta
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City Nature Challenge Urban Habitats: Birds of Elliston Park
Location: Elliston Park, 9am
Directions: E of Elliston Park. Meet in first parking lot on W, S of 17 Av SE & 68 St SE
Target Species: Ducks, Avocets, Stilts, Gulls
Leaders: Gus Yaki and Diane Stinson

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City Nature Challenge Urban Habitats: Confederation Coulee Part 2

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
confederation park, 2807 10 St NW
Calgary, Alberta T2K 1H2
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Photo: Sunny Lo

This is part two of a series of events hosted by Friends of Confederation Creek during the City Nature Challenge weekend. Part two will explore the heart of Confederation Park and everything it has to offer. Together, all of the confederation creek events will help to establish a baseline data set of biodiversity in the coulee. Have your cameras ready to document the riparian and upland plants, birds, and wildlife that utilize this amazing urban corridor!

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City Nature Challenge Urban Habitats: Confederation Coulee Part 3

April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Confederation Park (Eastside), 905 30 Ave NW
Calgary, Alberta T2K 0A2
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This will be the third section of exploring the Confederation Coulee events hosted by Friends of Confederation Creek during the City Nature Challenge weekend. Part three will investigate the East side of Confederation Park to document the flora and fauna within this urban corridor. Together, all of the confederation creek events will help to establish a baseline data set of biodiversity in the coulee. Have your cameras ready to document the riparian and upland plants, birds, and wildlife that this urban ecosystem is composed of!
This event is open to families and will be a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and explore your favorite park!

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City Nature Challenge Gus’ Native Garden Tour

April 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Gus’s Garden, 420 Brunswick Av SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 1N8
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Target Species: 300 plant species, Garden Insects, Birds

Leader: Gus Yaki

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CNC YYC Urban Habitats: 12-Mile Coulee

April 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
12 mile Coulee, 293 Tuscany Ravine Road
Calgary, Alberta
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Location: 12-Mile Coulee, Tuscany
Directions: From Stoney Tr NW, go W on Tuscany Blvd to Tuscany Way Turn S (left) and go 1.9kms. The road becomes Tuscany Ravine Road. Park in open area under power line. Here, carpool (due to limited parking.) and go another 1/4km further S. Walk down a fairly long steep hill (probably not for anyone with walking difficulty).
Target Species: Plants. Hundreds of Townsendias, Birds, Insects, Wildlife
Leader: Karel Bergmann; 403-285-2380

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City Nature Challenge Gus’ Native Garden Tour

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Gus’s Garden, 420 Brunswick Av SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 1N8
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Target Species: 300 plant species, Garden Insects, Birds
Leader: Gus Yaki

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(Cancelled) Call of the Wetland: Monitoring Urban Amphibians

April 27 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Industrial Wetland, 110 Ave SE & 46 St SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 2T7
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****This Event has Been Cancelled**** Did you know that wetlands provide ecosystem services that are important to our well-being, but little is known about the health of Calgary's urban wetlands? The Call of the Wetland citizen science program aims to change that, so that wetlands in YYC can be better understood, protected, and managed. Call of the Wetland is a program in which citizen scientists survey wetlands in Calgary for amphibians as an indicator of wetland health. Join us at…

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Weaselhead Flight by Night: Owls and Flying Squirrels

April 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Weaselhead Park, 66th Ave & 37th St. SW
Calgary, Alberta
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Explore the Weaselhead and its diversity at dusk and night! Keep your eyes peeled for beavers, owls, bats and even Northern flying squirrels! Bring your headlight and take pictures of any moths and insects so that we can contribute to the City Nature Challenge Calgary species count.

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CNC YYC Urban Habitats: Plants of Confluence Park

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Confluence Park, 300 Beddington Blvd NE
Calgary, Alberta
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Join us at confluence park to catalog the diverse flora and fauna that reside along the riparian and upland grasslands of West Nose Creek and and Nose Creek. Karel Bergmann will lead a botanical tour of rare plants along the valley with other groups exploring for birds, mammals, butterflies, and insects. During this walk we will also discuss the historic and social components of the area and illustrate the importance for conservation and collaborative management in the Nose Creek Watershed.…

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(Cancelled) City Nature Challenge BioBike: Nose Creek Watershed

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nose Creek Watershed, 1300 Zoo Rd NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 7V6
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***Cancelled due to poor winter conditions!*** Hop on your bike and tour the Nose Creek Pathway section of the Trans Canada Trail. We are aiming to document as many wild species as possible that live in this unique urban watershed! Nose Creek has been heavily modified, but still supports a plethora of native species, even a few species at risk that we will look for! Warning: The total distance of the ride will be around 15 kilometers with multiple stops…

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City Nature Challenge Urban Habitats: Carburn Park

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carburn Park, 67 Riverview Dr SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3V7
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Carburn Park showcases a wide variety of urban riparian habitat along the Bow River. It is notorious for great birding and wildlife experiences and will surely be an excellent City Nature Challenge outing. Expect to see plenty of waterfowl, plants, mammals, butterflies, and maybe even some amphibians!  Keep an eye out for pelicans and osprey as they are known to make an appearance around this time of year. What to Bring: Have iNaturalist downloaded and an account created on your…

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City Nature Challenge Urban Habitats: Confederation Coulee Part 4

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Confederation Park (Highland Valley), 4110 2 st NW
Calgary, Alberta T2K 0Z2
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Hosted by Friends of Confederation Creek, this event will aim to document The flora and fauna that surround the Highland valley. As part of this event  confederation creek event series we will help to establish baseline data about biodiversity in the coulee. Have your cameras ready to document the riparian and upland plants, birds, and wildlife that utilize this amazing urban corridor!

This event is open to families and will be a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and explore your favorite park!

Note: We will be restricting our movements to the public access areas of the Highland Valley.

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CNC YYC Wetland Wonders: Aquatic Invertebrates and more!

April 28 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Weaselhead Park, 66th Ave & 37th St. SW
Calgary, Alberta
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Explore the Weaselhead and its diverse wetlands! We will conduct pond studies and explore all of the species that call this urban refuge home. We will be hiking 5 km throughout the park to explore the various aquatic habitats and species. This will be a great family event where participants will learn about sampling and identifying aquatic invertebrates and what role they play in wetland ecosystems. You are bound to encounter other interesting wildlife including fish, mammals, birds, plants, and insects so make all the observations you can.

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City Nature Challenge: ElectroFishing Nose Creek

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Calgary Zoo North Lot, 220 St Georges Dr NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 5T2
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Have you ever heard of Electrofishing? If not, this event is for you! We will be electrofishing on Nose Creek near its confluence with the Bow River to document as many fish species as we can in the area.

Everyone is welcome to come and see how electrofishing works and get a chance to learn how to identify fish species. We hope to bring awareness to the species that occur in Nose Creek and threats from invasive species such as goldfish/ Prussian carp and whirling disease. Everyone is welcome to come help identify and measure the fish that we capture.

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City Nature Challenge Urban Habitats: Confederation Coulee Part 5

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Confederation Park (Greenview Valley), 86 Laycock Drive NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 5S3
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Hosted by Friends of Confederation Creek, this event will aim to document the flora and fauna that surround the Greenview Valley and Nose Creek. This event series we will help to establish a baseline data set of biodiversity in the coulee. Have your cameras ready to document the plants, birds, insects, and wildlife that utilize this amazing urban corridor!

This event is open to families and will be a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and explore your local ravine!

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CNC YYC Historical Ecology of St. Patrick’s Island

April 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
St. Patrick’s Island, 618 Confluence Way SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 0G1
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St. Patrick's Island in East Village is one of Calgary's oldest urban parks and acts as an important refuge for wildlife in the downtown core. It has experienced multiple land uses and floods that have impacted the island's composition and structure. The socioeconomic conditions of the former East Village (1980-2013) were surprisingly beneficial for allowing the island to renaturalize. We will be exploring the island in its current form and discuss how the island has changed since Fort Calgary was established. We will keep our eyes open for owls, ospreys, plants, and insects. If the weather is nice we can dip our heads in the Bow river!

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(Cancelled) City Nature Challenge: Beaver Bike

April 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
St. Patrick’s Island, 618 Confluence Way SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 0G1
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Urban beavers are more popular than you might think in Calgary. We will tour a few spots known for their beaver activity and discuss the issues surrounding beavers in the city. Our ride will begin at St. Patrick's Island Park and head to Pearce Estate park. We will then Loop back North towards Prince's Island Park to check out the beavers around the wetland and the Peace Bridge.

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City Nature Challenge Gus’ Native Garden Tour

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Gus’s Garden, 420 Brunswick Av SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 1N8
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Target Species: 300 plant species, Garden Insects, Birds
Leader: Gus Yaki

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City Nature Challenge Observation Deadline Midnight

April 29
Calgary, Calgary, + Google Map

11:59pm Monday, April 29, 2019 is the submission deadline for observations. Make sure you get all of your observations posted to iNaturalist before midnight!
The good news is the competition isn't over yet. You can still help us to identify what was observed by creating an iNaturalist account and explore Calgary's Observations made. This will help us to get our species and participant count up so invite your friends and family to help out. The deadline for identifications is May 5!

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City Nature Challenge Urban Habitats: Weaselhead Flats

April 29 @ 9:15 am - 12:00 pm
Weaselhead Park, 66th Ave & 37th St. SW
Calgary, Alberta
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This is the final day to make your observations and post them to iNaturalist for Calgary's entry in the City Nature Challenge competition! Explore the Weaselhead and North Glenmore park to document birds, plants, butterflies, and hopefully some snakes! Make as many observations as you possibly can because this is our last chance to get in what we can!

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City Nature Challenge Urban Habitats: Britannia Slopes

April 29 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Britannia Slopes, 4616 Britannia Dr SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 1J6
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We are on the hunt for wild spring flowers, insects, birds, and mammals! This will be the final event of City Nature Challenge Calgary 2019 and we hope you will participate by helping to document Britannia Slopes and Sandy Beach Area.

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May 2019

City Nature Challenge identification Party

May 2 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre, 15931 Woodpath Rd SW
Calgary, Alberta T2W 5M1
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The City Nature Challenge isn't over just yet! Identifications run until May 5 so let's work together to confirm all of our observations before the deadline!

Thursday May 2 we will meet at the Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre to identify CNC YYC observations as a team and reflect on our contributions made April 26-29.

Our goal is to identify every observation down to a species or genus level. We will have free internet, coffee, tea, experts, and resources while we work as a team to get through as much as we can.
This is an important part of the competition where we audit the data we worked so hard to collect. If you weren't able to make any observations, this is a great chance to help get our participant and species counts way up before the May 5 deadline.

This event will be educational for all that attend! Don't worry if your not an expert on plants or birds or struggle with the computer! We will walk you through all the steps to find your inner scientist! We will have specialists on-hand to help people learn about Calgary's Biodiversity and choose some of the best observations from the week!

This event is family-friendly and free. Everyone is welcome,

*** Please bring your computer or smart-phone so we can go through the iNaturalist.ca data together and identify what we found. You will need to have an account so that you can identify other people's observations.***

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