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CBC: Albertans snap photos of bumblebees for North America-wide study

CBC: Albertans snap photos of bumblebees for North America-wide study

By Sarah Rieger

Maura Hamill’s northwest Calgary backyard is a hive of bumblebee activity, with dozens of the pollinators buzzing between her colourful flowers.

“I think I’ve got four species of bumble bees,” Hamill said.

Hamill is one of 50 citizen scientists in Alberta that received hands-on training at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park in June on how to catch and collect bumblebees as part of a North America-wide species count.

There are 29 different species in Alberta and 46 in North America.

Sarah Johnson is the lead biologist with Wildlife Preservation Canada’s native pollinator initiative. The organization is a founding partner of Bumble Bee Watch.

“The bees that really need our protection are the native bees,” she said.

“Since about the mid 1990s their populations have declined really rapidly.”

Johnson said any member of the public can submit their bee photos to the Watch’s website, and then regional experts verify the species’ identification.

Citizen scientists trained at Glenbow Ranch first attended classroom sessions to learn how to identify and photograph bees, and then went out in the field to learn how to catch them.

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Cochrane Now: Translated Tours at Glenbow Ranch are a Real Win

Cochrane Now: Translated Tours at Glenbow Ranch are a Real Win

A new program offered at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is proving to be quite successful. This is the first year Glenbow Ranch is offering bilingual interpretive tours and so far so good, shares Nathan Foy, Program and Outreach Coordinator for Glenbow Ranch. The free translated tours are seeing a good number of registrants and the staff are quite pleased ...
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Park Talk: Whirling Disease

Park Talk: Whirling Disease

Come out and listen to the challenge whirling disease presents to our fisheries and rivers. Whirling disease was first found in America in the 1950s. Since then, it has been spreading its way into freshwater systems and to the detriment of local fish populations ...
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Knotted Thistle

Knotted Thistle

Milk Thistle is a common plant found in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. It is referred to by a plethora of aliases, such as Knotted Thistle, Scottish Thistle, Blessed Thistle or St. Mary’s Thistle. This thistle only takes about two weeks to germinate (begin to sprout) and can grow anywhere from 2 - 6 feet tall (60 - 180 cm.) ...
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CBC News: How an Alberta ghost town’s history is being coaxed out by Calgary archeologists

CBC News: How an Alberta ghost town’s history is being coaxed out by Calgary archeologists

On Monday, Shari Peyerl, co-director of the Glenbow Town and Quarry Project, spoke to the Homestretch about some of the important discoveries the continued dig is making at the site that was once Glenbow Village ...
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Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is where it all comes together – the past, the present, and the future. Come for an hour, a morning or a day… there’s always something to see at the Park. Within minutes of Calgary and Cochrane, but remote enough to allow for you to recreate, relax and reflect in rural surroundings. This is your Park!

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Glenbow Ranch 1983 Theo Mitchell
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Glenbow Quarry 1983 Theo Mitchell
Glenbow Quarry, Theo Mitchell, 1983
Stevenson house ruins 1983 Theo Mitchell
Stevenson house ruins 1983, Theo Mitchell
Near Glenbow Quarry 1983 Theo Mitchell
Near Glenbow Quarry 1983, Theo Mitchell
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Open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm* on weekends over the fall and winter pending volunteer availability.

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