2018 Weaselhead AGM

Monday, November 19, 2018

7:30-8:30pm
Mount Royal University, Riddell Library and Learning Centre
74 Mt Royal Cir SW, Calgary, T3E 7N5

 

Arrive early and visit  ‘What’s So Special About a Weasel’s Head’         
An installation presented in the library’s ‘Immersion Studio’ (Level 3) from 5:30-7:30pm. Drop in and stay as long or short a time as you like. This was commissioned by the Society for this year’s Beakerhead Festival and showcases the Weaselhead with 360-degree visuals and VR headsets. Get a new perspective of the Weaselhead!
Then join us for refreshments and a chance to catch up with friends in the ‘Visualization Room‘ (Level 1), followed by the AGM from 7:30 – 8:30pm.

Volunteers will be on site in the parking lot and in the library building to direct you to the Immersion Studio and Visualization Room.

We are looking for individuals to join our Board! If you, or someone you know might be interested, you can nominate them either at our AGM, or by emailing weasel@theweaselhead.com

Please Note: There is a $8.50 fee to park for the evening. We are able to cover the cost of parking for the first 25 people to claim their parking ticket at the AGM.

AGM Directions,

2018 Weaselhead AGM Agenda,

2017 to 2018 Financial Report

 

Sarah Nevill
Executive Director
Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society

ANNUAL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PICNIC

Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society’s 22nd ANNUAL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PICNIC,

LABOUR DAY MONDAY SEPT. 3rd from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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Because of ongoing construction at our usual Snowy Owl site, OUR EVENT LOCATION THIS YEAR IS THE PICNIC SHELTER AT SANDY BEACH. The official address is 4500 14A Street SW.

Please join us for a wonderful one-hour guided Nature Walk starting at 11 a.m. We launch into lunch, a Szechuan feast, shortly after noon, and yes, it’s all FREE!

This is our opportunity to thank everyone who has helped out with our organization, no matter how big or small over the past few years.

PLEASE RSVP to Paul Finkleman:  pastpresident@theweaselhead.com  and indicate the number of people you’ll be bringing.

May Flower Count 2018

 

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We had a great this past Saturday for our May Flower Count, led by Weaselhead Naturalist Cassiano Porto.

2018MayflowerCount4 Photo: Brieannah Mollison-Read

Our first May Flower Count was held in May of 2017, and we plan to continue running them each year in order to record the specie that are currently flowering at this time of year. Data collected from this event will be used to monitor biodiversity in the park and to see how climate change affects the timing of flowering plants each year. This year we recorded a total of 50 flowering species (compared to only 39 species last year a this same time).

Here are a few of the species seen:

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Gold Currant                         Bastard Toad Flax               Pale Coralroot                      Roughfruit Fairybells

(Brieannah Mollison Read)    (Rebeccah Schwab)            (Rebeccah Schwab)            (Rebeccah Schwab)

 

You can see a full list of the species we recorded here: mayflowercount specie list 2018.

Check out more photo from the day here: https://wgppsphoto.smugmug.com/Events/2018-May-Flower-Count/

Want to be involved in our citizen science Bioblitzes in the park this summer? We have 4 more bioblitzes happening throughout June and July. See more info and register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/weaselhead-bioblitz-tickets-45863129856

 

Thank You to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for their financial support in making this event possible!

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BioBlitz 151: Weaselhead Species Count

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This summer we are continuing our data collection from the ‘Canada 150 BioBlitz’ Alberta Council for Environmental Education and Canadian Wildlife Federation held with us last year in the park.

Join us to learn about the many different species of flora and fauna in the park while collecting data on biodiversity for monitoring purposes.

Please reserve your spot here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/weaselhead-bioblitz-tickets-45863129856
and select which dates you would like to attend.
Max. 20 participants/event

Saturday, May 26 – May Flower Count
Saturday, June 9 – Bird Inventory
Saturday June 23 – Terrestrial Beetles
Saturday, July 7- Aquatic Invertebrates
SUNDAY, July 22-Bumble Watch

No experience necessary. Each bioblitz will be paired a species expert to help with identification. Children are welcome.
*PLEASE NOTE: Each event will contain about 4-5km of walking.

Suggested $5 Donation per event.

 

This event is made possible from the support of TD Friends of the Environment

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WGPPS News Release Re: Ministerial order regarding Environmental Appeal

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News Release

 

Feb. 2, 2018

 

Weaselhead / Glenmore Park Preservation Society (WGPPS)

 

Re: Ministerial order regarding Environmental Appeal No.17-047 and 17-050 issued January 29, 2018, Minister of Alberta Environment and Parks.

 

The Board of the Weaselhead / Glenmore Park Preservation Society (WGPPS) commends the Provincial Government and Minister Shannon Phillips for their decision to protect the wetlands in and adjacent to the Weaselhead Natural Park. We applaud the precedent-setting decision that its Ministerial Order sets for future Alberta developments.

 

The Ministerial Order recognizes the value of wetlands and specifically notes the significance of wetlands in urban environments for public enjoyment, as an educational tool, and for flood mitigation. It also states that wetlands disturbance avoidance is paramount and, if disturbance cannot be avoided, mitigation is required. The so-called relocation of wetlands should be considered only as a last resort option.

 

We are very grateful for the recognition implied in the Minister’s Order of the WGPPS’s stewardship and leadership regarding the wetlands in the Weaselhead and the adjoining watershed.

 

The WGPPS also appreciates the many hours of work and dedication undertaken by Jeff Brookman and Allie Tulick of YYC Cares, who launched and spearheaded the appeal. We also are grateful for the time, effort and integrity shown by the Environmental Appeals Board and Alberta Environment. Lastly, as the president of the WGPPS and on behalf of our Board of Directors and hundreds of members, I would like to thank our Executive Director Sarah Nevill, who acted on behalf of the WGPPS as an intervener.

 

The WGPPS looks forward to working in cooperation with the Province and its agents in monitoring the health of Beaver Pond, which is located in the southwest corner of Weaselhead Park, the wetland that figures so prominently in the Ministerial Order.

 

The Weaselhead / Glenmore Park Preservation Society is dedicated to protecting the fauna and flora of the Weaselhead and Glenmore Parks and to preserve the integrity of the Elbow River for future generations.

 

Yves Dansereau, President

Weaselhead AGM 2017

Fall Weaselhead

Please Join Us!
When: November 2, 2017
Where: Lakeview Community Association 6100 34 St. SW
Doors & Refreshments: 7:00pm
Meeting: 7:30pm

In addition to the Agenda below you can expect:

Poetry performance by Naturalist Audrey Lane Cockett

Findings of initial results of our SW Ring Road Impact Study of the Beaver Pond presented by Naturalist Cassiano.

Agenda

  1. 7:30 pm Call to Order (doors open at 7.00pm)
  1. Appointment of Recording Secretary
    • Appointment of Patricia Prevey to record Meeting Minutes
  1. Approval of 2016 AGM Minutes
  1. Approval of 2017 AGM Agenda
  1. President’s Report (Paul Finkleman)
  1. Executive Director’s Report (Sarah Nevill)
  1. Treasurers Report (Heather Sheppard)
    • Presentation of the audited accounts for 2016/2017
  1. Nominations for Board of Directors*
    • Nominations from the floor
    • Approval of new Board of Directors.
  1. Additional Business Presented
    • Closing Remarks
  1. Meeting adjournment

*Current Directors: Paul Finkleman, President; Heather Sheppard, Treasurer; Pat Prevey, Secretary; Gary Haerle, Education Director;  Rosemarie Foley, Nominations Director; Lindal Heppner; Susan Ryan; Yves Dansereau, Jeromy Farkas