The Friends of Fish Creek and Alberta Parks work together to bring you the Fish Creek Speaker Series!
Starting in January 2019, the Fish Creek Speaker Series admission fee will increase from $5.00 to $10.00. Friends of Fish Creek members will continue to receive free admission. Youth 16 years of age or younger can attend free of charge, but must be accompanied by a registered adult. This increase will help to alleviate some of the costs associated with running the program and encourage membership. Through the Fish Creek Speaker Series program, professionals from a variety of fields and areas of expertise share their knowledge and experiences. These fascinating and informative presentations take place from January – June and then September – November. Fish Creek Speaker Series presentations will take place at the Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre at Shannon Terrace in Fish Creek Provincial Park (13931 Woodpath Rd. SW, access via 130 Ave. SW and 37 St. SW.) Registration is required. Refreshments are available on a first come, first served basis. Please park near washroom facility.
Calgary Captured – Urban Wildlife on Film
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Presented by Vanessa Carney, Calgary Parks, The City of Calgary
Vanessa Carney is a landscape ecologist with Calgary Parks, investigating questions around how we can improve our approach to planning and management of urban parks to protect biodiversity. Calgary Captured, developed as part of The City’s 2015 BiodiverCity strategy, is helping to fill in gaps in The City’s collective knowledge around which wild species are successfully making a living in Calgary’s natural spaces and how well The City is doing in terms of planning for and maintaining healthy, connected ecosystems to support habitats and the species that rely on them. Camera images of wildlife found across the city in 13 municipal parks and Fish Creek Provincial Park provide data for this program.
Registration is Required.
Call of the Wetland – Combining Science, Nature and Community for the Health of Calgary’s Wetlands
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Presented by Nicole Kahal, Conservation Analyst, Miistakis Institute
Call of the Wetland is a citizen science program that calls Calgarians to action by surveying local wetlands for amphibians as an important indicator of ecological health. With its third season launching mid-April, Call of the Wetland will gather the data needed so the state of our urban wetlands can be better understood, and to inform wetland conservation. Fifty-two wetland locations are surveyed through out the city, many of which can be found along the Calgary Greenway path. Volunteers record observations about amphibians like frogs, toads and salamanders in wetland sites located in Fish Creek, North Glenmore Park, Discovery Ridge, and Nose Creek, among many other natural areas. Since 2017, 180 volunteers have conducted 716 wetland surveys, and they cite a personal interest in wetlands, a desire to contribute to science, and a desire to spend time in nature as the most popular reasons for helping. Join Nicole Kahal from the Miistakis Institute to learn more about this citizen science project, and how you can get involved to answer the call of the wetland!
Registration is Required.
Planting for Pollinators – How Native Plant Species Beautify Your Garden and Attract Pollinators
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Presented by Catherine Dowdell of cath-earth-sis Services Inc.
Catherine Dowdell is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, a Red Seal Endorsed Landscape Horticulturist, holds a Certificate in Sustainable Landscapes from the University of Guelph, and cath-earth-sis is the first business in Calgary to become a Bee City Canada Business. Catherine enjoys the challenge of working with different hardiness zones and how plants behave differently, depending on their location. Planting for pollinators in residential and commercial areas in Calgary is an opportunity to attract native bees, butterflies and birds to connect the green corridors within the city, giving pollinators the habitat they require without interruption.
Registration is required.
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, March 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, April 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, March 24, 2016
Estate Planning: Leave a Lasting Legacy for Cherished Green Spaces and Healthy Families – presented by Marissa German, McLeod Law Associate – Thursday, April 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, March 23, 2017
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, February 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, March 22, 2018
ReWilding, a Story of Fish Creek Restoration – Presented by Drew McKibbon, Friends of Fish Creek Tour Guide – Thursday, April 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, September 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, October 25, 2018
East Coast Exploration – Newfoundland – Presented by Julia Millen, Acting Community & Partner Relations Team Lead – Alberta Environment and Parks – Thursday, November 22, 2018
Dinosaur Provincial Park – Wednesday, January 23, 2019 – Cancelled to due to inclement weather and unsafe conditions
Alberta Native Bee Council – Presented by Megan Evans, Alberta Native Bee Council – Thursday, February 28, 2019