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The Friends of Fish Creek and Alberta Parks work together to bring you the Fish Creek Speaker Series!

Through the Fish Creek Speaker Series, professionals from a variety of fields and areas of expertise share their knowledge and experiences with the Fish Creek community. These fascinating and informative presentations take place monthly from September to June, except December.

New this year, the Fish Creek Speaker Series will include opportunities for higher-level and more meaningful community engagement at a handful of events, such as a Volunteer Fair and a Special Projects Pitch Night, coming in spring 2022.

Fish Creek Speaker Series presentations are FREE for Friends of Fish Creek Members, $10 for non-members, and free for youth under 16 with a registered adult.

Fish Creek Speaker Series presentations take place online using Zoom due to the ongoing pandemic. Please note, you do not need to have a Zoom account to join.

Each registration allows one device to tune in, with no limit on the number of people watching through that device. If you and your family or partner are planning to watch from one device, please register only once and indicate in your registration how many people will be watching.

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The Problem with Carp: Understanding Prussian Carp and other Aquatic Invasives in Alberta

Thursday, January 20, 2022 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Presented by Nicole Kimmel, Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist, Alberta Environment and Parks

The invasive fish species Prussian carp has been discovered in Fish Creek Provincial Park, after being discovered in other waterways in this province over the past few years. At this fascinating presentation you can enjoy a quick overview of the Alberta Environment and Parks’ Aquatic Invasive Species program, highlighting how Prussian carp fit into each element of the program, and then learn about Prussian carp specifics and challenges in dealing with this species. Challenges surrounding Prussian carp include identifying them in comparison to closely related species and managing the effects of their increasing populations. Nicole Kimmel, Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist, will discuss response efforts tried or considered to date, and will share what is known about this invasive fish. This Fish Creek Speaker Series presentation will be the start of a bigger partnership opportunity where Alberta Environment and Parks can work with the Friends of Fish Creek to explore collaborative response options.

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Taking Care of Fish Creek: An update on the Friends’ expanded stewardship efforts

Thursday, February 17, 2022 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Presented by Emma Stroud, Citizen Science and Stewardship Coordinator, Friends of Fish Creek 

Through the current Enhanced Partnership Pilot with Alberta Environment and Parks, the Friends of Fish Creek have embarked on an expanded stewardship mission on many levels across the park’s vast land base. Join Friends of Fish Creek Citizen Science and Stewardship Coordinator, Emma Stroud, in a Story Map presentation exploring the progress and impact of poplar regeneration efforts, riparian restoration work and invasive species management conducted in the park in 2021.

Emma is a University of Calgary alumni who has focused her work in terrestrial and aquatic ecology. Through eight years of volunteer work, field experience, and working with industry, she has refined her interests in conservation and restoration, narrowing her focus onto the non-profit sector. Exploring tide pools, creeks, wetlands, and rivers have always been favorite pastimes, making the reality of working in Fish Creek an exciting opportunity. During her time with the Friends of Fish Creek, she has coordinated the invasive species management program and transferred data collection to a digital platform, using geospatial data to carry out environmental monitoring programs in the field. 

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Stay tuned for information on upcoming Fish Creek Speaker Series presentations.

Special thanks to the following presenters for the informative talks. Thank you to everyone who attended, to Alberta Parks Staff and to the volunteers who helped these events run smoothly. 

The Secret Lives of Bighorn Sheep – presented by Dr. Kathreen Ruckstuhl, University of Calgary Associate Professor – Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park: Where History, Stories and Dreams Become One – presented by Aaron Domes, Head of Visitor Services at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park – Thursday, Nov 20, 2014

Geology: The Foundation for Alberta Parks – presented by Dr. Mark Fenton of the Alberta Geological Survey – Thursday, Jan 22, 2015

Fire in Kananaskis Country – presented by Scott Jevons Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Specialist and Alberta Parks Fire Ecologist in Kananaskis Country – Thursday, Feb 19, 2015

Blast from the Past: An Archaeological Exploration of Fish Creek Provincial Park – presented by Drew McKibben, Heritage Interpreter – Thursday, Mar 19, 2015

The Healing Power of Nature: Naturopathic Medicine and a Healthy, Balanced Lifestyle – presented by Dr. Gayle Maguire, Member of the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors – Thursday, Apr 16, 2015

Springtime in Fish Creek: Wildlife, Conservation Officers and You – presented by Fish Creek Provincial Park Conservation Officer Arthur Hughes – Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Dirt Road History of the Plains and Foothills – presented by Bill Evans, Engineer, Photographer, Explorer and Dirt Road Adventurer – Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Day in the Life of the Urban Conservation Officer – presented by Fish Creek Provincial Park Conservation Officers Arthur Hughes and Thomas Blake, Conservation Officers from Fish Creek and the East Kananaskis Management Area – Thursday, Sep 24, 2015

The Flood Giveth and the Flood Taketh Away: Excavation of a Two Thousand Year Old Buried Tipi Ring in Fish Creek Provincial Park – presented by Dr. Dan Meyer, Lifeways of Canada Limited – Thursday, Oct 22, 2015

The Place of Parks and Nature at End of Life – presented by Sonya L. Jakubec, RN, PhD, Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Mount Royal University and Don Carruthers Den Hoed, Head of Inclusion and Public Engagement Parks Division – Kananaskis Region Alberta Environment and Parks – Thursday, Nov 19, 2015

Fish Creek: From Gentle Stream to Wild River and Everything in Between – presented by Katie Pearson Program Coordinator, Friends of Fish Creek – Thursday, Jan 21, 2016

Sticks and Stones: Using Bioengineering to Improve Fish Habitat – presented by Lesley Peterson (P.Biol) Provincial Biologist Trout Unlimited Canada – Thursday, Feb 25, 2016

Top Dog: The Ecology, History and Survival of Gray Wolves in Kananaskis and Alberta – presented by Melanie Percy, Regional Park Ecologist, Heritage Protection Team Lead – Thursday, Mar 24, 2016

Estate Planning: Leave a Lasting Legacy for Cherished Green Spaces and Healthy Families – presented by Marissa German, McLeod Law Associate – Thursday, Apr 28, 2016

A Journey through the Mountains and Meadows of Kananaskis – presented by John McFaul, Professional Hiking Guide – Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Qi Gong and the Fish Creek Wellness Showcase – presented by Dianne Smith, Spring Forest Qi Gong Certified Instructor, and featuring Yoga and Guided Meditation Instructors Gwen Draude Woolverton and Naomi Parker, and local artists and Painting Instructors Sylvia Prochownik and Jim Pescott – Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Geology on your Doorstep: Exposed Rocks and Fossils within an Hour’s Drive from Calgary – presented by Jon Noad, Geological Consultant – Thursday, Sep 22, 2016

Exploring the Native Grassland Elements of Fish Creek Provincial Park – presented by Ian Macdonald, Professional Biologist and Botanist – Thursday, Oct 27, 2016

Alberta Parks – White Goat and Siffleur Wilderness Areas of the Central Rockies – Presented by Graham Thursfield Visitor Services Coordinator, Rocky Mountain House – Thursday, Nov 24, 2016

Growing Up in Alberta’s Eastern Parks – Presented by Alison Cole, Visitor Experience Coordinator, Alberta Environment and Parks, Parkland Area – Thursday, Jan 26, 2017

Beaches, Birds, and the Boreal Forest: Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park – Presented by Ceiridwen Robbins, Visitor Services Coordinator, Alberta Environment and Parks, Slave Lake District – Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 

Uncharted: A Photographic Wildflower and Book evening with Graeme Connell – Presented by Graeme and Lois Connell – Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 

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Discover Calgary’s Best Walks with author Lori Beattie – Presented by Lori Beattie – Thursday, April 20, 2017

Beavers: Nature’s Engineers, Troublesome Rodents, Iconic Canadian Symbol and So Much More – Presented by Cows and Fish; Shalane Friesen, Formal and Environmental Educator Fish Creek Provincial Park; and Ryan Hannusch, Fish Creek Provincial Park Conservation Officer – Thursday, May 18, 2017

Art in the Park – Art Exhibit, Meet and Greet and Special Presentations with Local Artists Jim Pescott, Yasmin Irani and Gerry Mulhall – Presented by Jim Pescott, Yasmin Irani and Gerry Mulhall – Thursday, June 22, 2017

Planned Giving for Healthy Families: Leaving a Legacy, Planning Your Estate, and Charitable Giving – Presented by Aaron Bickman, Trust and Estate Practitioner in the Wills & Estates group of McLeod Law – Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017

Kananaskis Public Safety: Who We Are and What We Do – Presented by Kananaskis Public Safety Specialists – Thursday, Oct 26, 2017

Snakes of Alberta: Why Everyone Should Love Snakes – Presented by Sandi Robertson, Wildlife Biologist Alberta Environment and Parks – Thursday, Nov 23, 2017

Whirling Disease in Alberta – Presented by Lesley Peterson, Alberta Provincial Biologist with Trout Unlimited Canada – Thursday, Jan 11, 2018

Trekking Across Southern Alberta: From Saskatchewan to Writing-On-Stone – Presented by Gus Yaki, Lifelong Naturalist and Dedicated Friends of Fish Creek volunteer – Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018

Fantastic Fossils: Where, How, and Why to Find Them – Presented by Ben Borkovic, Palaeontologist with the Royal Tyrrell Museum Flood Mitigation Project -Thursday, Mar 22, 2018

ReWilding, a Story of Fish Creek Restoration – Presented by Drew McKibbon, Friends of Fish Creek Tour Guide – Thursday, Apr 19, 2018

Grizzly Bears in Kananaskis Country, Tools for Managing Grizzlies and Bear Populations – Presented by John Paczkowski, Park Ecologist with Alberta Environment and Parks – Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rocks, Ridges, and Rivers: Geological Wonders of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks – Presented by Dale Leckie, Award-Winning Geologist and Best-Selling Author – Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Planned Giving – Leaving a Legacy for Future Generations and Healthy Families – Presented by Henry Villanueva, Wills and Estates Lawyer – Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018

The Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park – Presented by Julie MacDougall, Senior Parks Planner – South Region Alberta Environment and Parks – Thursday, Oct 25, 2018

East Coast Exploration – Newfoundland – Presented by Julia Millen, Acting Community & Partner Relations Team Lead – Alberta Environment and Parks – Thursday, Nov 22, 2018 

Dinosaur Provincial Park – Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019 – Cancelled to due to inclement weather and unsafe conditions 

Alberta Native Bee Council – Presented by Megan Evans, Alberta Native Bee Council – Thursday, Feb 28, 2019

Calgary Captured – Urban Wildlife on Film – Presented by Vanessa Carney and Lynette Hiebert, City of Calgary Parks – Thursday, Mar 21, 2019

Call of the Wetland – Combining Science, Nature and Community for the Health of Calgary’s Wetlands – Presented by Nicole Kahal, Conservation Analyst, Miistakis Institute – Thursday, Apr 18 , 2019

Planting for Pollinators – How Native Plant Species Beautify Your Garden and Attract Pollinators – Presented by Catherine Dowdell of cath-earth-sis Services Inc – Thursday, May 16, 2019

Badgers in your Backyard – A Glimpse into the Ecology of an Important Grassland Predator – Presented by Nicole Heim, M.Sc, Local Wildlife Ecologist – Wednesday, June 19, 2019 

Welcome to Night – An Introduction to the Wonders of Nighttime and the Night Sky – Presented by Doug Saul, Educator, Writer and Outdoor Guide – Thursday, September 25, 2019

Rock Dams – The Effects of Recreational Rock Dams on Water Quality and Stream Measurements in Fish Creek – Presented by Jenny Atamanik – Master of Science Student at Royal Roads University – Thursday, October 24, 2019

Exploring the Ice Age across Alberta – Presented by Dr. Chris Jass – Curator of Quaternary Palaeontology at the Royal Alberta Museum – Thursday, November 21, 2019

William Watson Lodge – Providing 40 Years of Inclusion and Accessibility in Alberta Parks – Presented by Jill Jamieson – William Watson Lodge Team Lead Kananaskis Region, Alberta Parks – Thursday, January 23, 2020

Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Presented by by Aaron Domes – Park Supervisor at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, and Randy Bottle (Saa’kokoto) – Blackfoot Elder and Park Interpreter – Thursday, February 27, 2020

Energize with Grizzlies – Presented by Hanna Thai, Energy Efficiency Educator, CPAWS Southern Alberta Chapter – Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Invasive Alien Plants – Practices That Lead to Prevention – Presented by Andrea Eastham, Alberta Invasive Species Council Volunteer – Wednesday, May 21, 2020

On the Road – Exploring the Natural Wonders of Southern Alberta – Presented by Mike Drew, Photojournalist with the Calgary Sun – Thursday, June 18, 2020

View more of Mike Drew’s photos

Bats of Alberta – Presented by Susan Holroyd MSc, Alberta Community Bat Program Calgary Regional Coordinator – Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Beavers: Our Watershed Partner – Presented by Kathryn Hull, Riparian Specialist with Cows and Fish (Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society) – Thursday, October 15, 2020

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Once They Were Hats: A Brief History of a Radical Rodent – Presented by Frances Backhouse, Award-Winning Journalist and Author, Thursday, November 19, 2020

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Urban Beavers – Building Pathways to Coexistence in Fish Creek Provincial Park – Presented by Kirby England, P. Biol. Owner and Principal Consultant, You Betula Environmental Inc. and Holly Kinas, B.Sc., B.I.T. Conservation Analyst, Miistakis Institute, Thursday, January 21, 2021 

View Recording – video will be posted for 1 month

Fish Creek Digital Mapping – Presented by Emma Stroud, Citizen Science & Stewardship Coordinator, Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Elbow River State of the Watershed Report – Presented by Flora Giesbrecht, Elbow River Watershed Partnership, Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Fascinating World of Fungi With Lacey Roberts – Presented by Lacy Roberts, CPAWS Intern and HBSc. Environmental Science, April 21, 2021

Species at Risk in the Rockies and Foothills – Presented by Lisa Wilkinson, Senior Species at Risk Biologist and Provincial Bat Specialist with Alberta Environment and Parks, May 27, 2021

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The Scenic Geology of Alberta – A Roadside Touring and Hiking Guide – Presented by Dale Leckie, Ph.D. June 24, 2021

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The Canadian Wildlife Federation – Presented by Wild Outside Youth Leadership Specialists, Kate Hanna and Em Clark, October 21, 2021

Managing Invasive Species in Fish Creek and throughout Alberta – Presented by Emma Stroud, Friends of Fish Creek Citizen Science & Stewardship Coordinator, and Megan Evans, Alberta Invasive Species Council Executive Director, November 18, 2021

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Once the pandemic is over, we hope to return to hosting these events in-person at the Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre.

Map to Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre