Tag: Animals

  • Frogs, Toads and Tiger Salamanders Oh My!

    Frogs, Toads and Tiger Salamanders Oh My!

    OK, well we don’t actually have toads on the park… but we do have two different types of frogs and tiger salamanders!  These cute little salamanders are voracious predators, feeding on insects, frogs and other smaller salamanders by moonlight. They live in two-foot deep burrows near ponds and are very common all across North America. Their habitat is getting […]

  • The Rodeo May Be Over But the Research Continues

    The Rodeo May Be Over But the Research Continues

    Vet Med students go behind the chutes at the Calgary Stampede By Fabian Mayer As far as summer jobs go, Teryn Gilmet and Nita Hynes found themselves pretty good ones. The two second-year University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) students worked behind the chutes at the 2016 Calgary Stampede doing animal welfare research […]

  • Portable and Small Chicken Coop – A Few Advantages

    Portable and Small Chicken Coop – A Few Advantages

    By Kor Rassad If you want healthy chickens along with fresh eggs, then you must provide your chickens with natural food, ample sunshine and lots of fresh air. All this can be done by constructing a mobile chicken coop for them. These are also commonly called chicken tractors. Discussed in this article are a few […]

  • A Moose on the Loose!

    A Moose on the Loose!

    Who would have thought you could get a chance to glimpse moose out here at Glenbow?! Moose, Alces alces, are the largest memebrs of the deer family and are well known for their huge antlers which are found on the male members of the species.  Moose may typically be thought of as gentle giants, but they […]

  • MRU Prof Creating Buzz Over Native Bees

    MRU Prof Creating Buzz Over Native Bees

    By Bryan Weismiller When it comes to black-and-gold critters, honey bees are often hailed as queens of the monarchy. Whether emblazoned on the front of cereal boxes or featured in Hollywood flicks, the honey-makers tend to catch some seriously sweet attention. One Mount Royal University ecologist is feeling stung by all of the hype over […]

  • Why Olympic Equestrians Could be Riding for a Fall

    Why Olympic Equestrians Could be Riding for a Fall

    In 2008, the president of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, warned that equestrian sports might not make it into the London 2012 Games. She was wrong, but at that Olympics, equestrian eventing was described as perhaps the most dangerous sport at the Olympics. Eventing, in which a single horse and […]

  • Town of Okotoks to Undertake Goldfish Eradication Program

    Town of Okotoks to Undertake Goldfish Eradication Program

    Alberta Environment & Parks, together with the Town of Okotoks, will be treating with rotenone (plant-based chemical) and removing goldfish from the Drake Landing pond. A follow-up treatment to this pond and the Crystalridge storm pond will be undertaken by the Town of Okotoks subsequently. Please note that you may notice lower water levels in these […]

  • Bear Activity in the Priddis Area

    Bear Activity in the Priddis Area

    We just received the following message from Alberta Environment and Parks concerning bear activity in our region: Please be aware that there have been recent sightings of bears in the Priddis area, including a grizzly bear and two cubs. Bears are opportunists and are focused on obtaining as many calories as possible as they move into […]

  • Canadian Angus Foundation Announces Junior Stockman Award Winner

    Canadian Angus Foundation Announces Junior Stockman Award Winner

    Rocky View County, AB – From the time Maguire Blair could walk he has been involved in the feeding, preparation and marketing of his family’s Angus and Simmental cattle. That involvement has earned him the 2016 Junior Angus Stockman Award. In addition to involvement with Blair’s West Land & Cattle, his family’s operation near Drake, […]

  • Equestrian Canada Nominates Para-Dressage Team for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

    Equestrian Canada Nominates Para-Dressage Team for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

    OTTAWA /CNW/ – Equestrian Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee are proud to announce the four athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in para-dressage at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games this September. Para-dressage is one of Canada’s most successful international equestrian disciplines and many of the athletes nominated for Rio have a long and accomplished competition […]

  • Watchers Spy Rare White Whale Migaloo

    Watchers Spy Rare White Whale Migaloo

    By Deborah Byrd in EARTH | July 27, 2016 Not all experts agree that the white whale spotted off Australia’s east coast on Tuesday was the beloved Migaloo. But most are adamant it was. Rare white whale – believed to be the whale known as Migaloo – and a friend making their way northward along […]

  • Horseback Riding: featuring Griffin Valley Ranch

    Horseback Riding: featuring Griffin Valley Ranch

    By Monica Henderson Horseback riding ranges from a relaxing hobby, to a source of livelihood, to high-stakes competition in our province. In light of the warm summer months, there is no time like August to feature horseback riding as a way to experience nature in Southern Alberta. “[On horseback], we leave no impact other than […]

  • Canadian Junior Angus Association Presents 2016 Scholarships Totalling $4,500

    Canadian Junior Angus Association Presents 2016 Scholarships Totalling $4,500

    Truro, NS – The Canadian Junior Angus Association presented three young women with scholarships last week. Michaela Chalmers of Ontario received the first-place scholarship of $2,000; Melanie Wood of PEI received the second-place scholarship of $1,500; and Rebecca Redner of Ontario received the third-place scholarship of $1,000. The scholarships were presented at Showdown, the annual […]

  • Brant Colony Celebrates Grand Opening of Net-Zero Layer Barn

    Brant Colony Celebrates Grand Opening of Net-Zero Layer Barn

    (Calgary, AB) – Egg Farmers of Alberta (EFA) was thrilled to host more than 40 distinguished guests at Brant Colony on Monday, July 25, for the grand opening of the Canadian egg industry’s first netzero layer barn. Brant Colony’s egg manager, Darrel Mandel, lead the group – including the Honourable Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture […]

  • Bob Switzer to be Inducted into Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame

    Bob Switzer to be Inducted into Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame

    ROCKY VIEW COUNTY, AB – Canadian Angus Association Past President Bob Switzer will be inducted into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame this fall. In 1966 Switzer purchased his first registered Angus from the Corydon dispersal at Elbow, Saskatchewan, eventually leading to the establishment of Sandy Bar Ranch at Aneroid. He served as CAA President […]