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2015 Horse Creek BWM Report

The 2015 Horse Creek BWM Letter Report is now available  (Download PDF)

Recent Photos

downy woodpecker being usefulThe woodpeckers (downy and pileated) as well as Thrashers live on insects and there is no shortage of them at the moment.

birds swansThe trumpeter swans were seen in the spring on their way to their Arctic nesting grounds.

Great grey owl
Great grey owls are quite common in the Aspen Parkland/ White Spruce Biome. They enjoy the thick grass and other vegetation that harbours mice and voles with perches in trees acting as lookouts..

Kyle of ESRSeeds bioengineerLCARF hired Eastern Slopes Rangeland Seeds to bioengineer this site with locally sourced Willows and sedges.

Awareness of the importance of healthy creeks at long last

Dear Editor,

Guy Woods is to be congratulated on receiving support for his initiative to improve riparian habitats and water quality for aquatic life in the Big Hill Creek.

It should not be forgotten however that Little Creeks and Rough Fescue Appreciation Society (LCARF) has been active in another local watershed – Horse Creek – since 2012.
We were the first group to raise the issue of the brackish and phosphorus laden water that was pumped for 3 summers in a row into the Horse Creek. Recently, the Big Hill creek was brought into the mix.

Neither creek deserved that. Both provide spawning habitat for trout in the lower reaches – something that may have been destroyed if either creek was used long term to assist “dewatering” the Cochrane Lake.

At last, the AESRD has done the right thing – a line – albeit overland and temporary – direct into the Bow.

Spawning of one species of trout takes place in the fall with the other two species laying eggs in the spring.

We – LCARF – did employ a fisheries biologist to electro fish in 2012 . Brook, brown and rainbow trout were found early September in the lower reaches of Horse Creek.

We have missed the window to safely repeat the project in 2014 but after 15 April 2015 intend to employ Palliser Environmental Ltd to see if the trout are still happy to call Horse Creek home and therefore contribute to excellent and world renowned fishery that exists in the Bow Basin.

Please visit www.LCARF.ca for more info on what we do.

S. Leete

Watershed weekend participants – July 19th 2014

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Photos c/o Heike Kretschmer

PRESS RELEASE- 22 July 2014

LCARF’s WATERSHED WEEKEND’S EVENTS
Last Friday a dozen like minded people came to the Old Morrison House at the head of the Horse Creek Watershed in Rockyview for a BBQ and talk by forester  Don James from Carstairs about the importance of the Aspen Parkland Biome.  Don explained the valuable Ecological Goods and Services (EGS) that this fast disappearing eco-region lying between prairie and mountain provides.
Read more.. (PDF)

Recent bird sightings on the Horse Creek road

Wilson’s Phalaropes – taken by John Hall along the Horse Creek – Spring 2014x_IMG_7068 x_IMG_7126

Fund Raiser July 19th – Calling All Muck Rakers

CALL ING ALL MUCK RAKERS (of the equine variety) IN THE HORSE CREEK WATERSHED & ELSEWHERE AN INVITATION TO LCARF’S FUNDRAISER

Coffee on from 9 am – bring a lunch and have a nature walk in the afternoon.
WHEN: 9.30 – 1pm, Sat. 19th July
WHERE: The Old Morrison House – 50215 Tnsp Rd 280 in Rocky View

NORINE AMBROSE – Cows & Fish – on why riparian health matters to horse owners
TREVOR WALLACE – Horse Industry Branch – manure management regulations for the horse industry
KATHLEEN MacKAY – certified equine massage therapist – assessment & discussion on best way forward for Valentino a traumatized “rescue” gelding that spent years in an outfitters’s herd – see him below.
PLUS – challenges owners face with geriatric horses especially grays – and
hay production for horse industry (Speakers TBA)

RSVP by July 9th to dnmandm@gmail.com or phone 932 3539
Suggested donation is $20.00 – non members/$10.00 – members.

Download the LCARF MUCK RAKERS JULY 2014-Web PDF

Photo of Valentino the “rescue” horse that will be used July 19th
V in action close up