EXECUTIVE CORNER

2018-2019 CORE Executive – Coming Together, One Nominee at a Time

The current executive, made up of Julia, Stu, Pat, Mary, Jeanette, Craig and Carol, would like to thank the CORE members who have agreed to be nominated for the 2018-2019 executive. Their names will be put forward at the club’s Annual General Meeting on May 29. There are still a few positions available for nominations (i.e., Presentations Coordinator, Communications Coordinator and Membership Coordinator). If you would like to volunteer or nominate another member, please send an email to mailbox@corehike.org.

Photographers and Coordinators – re: photos

Please remind participants, especially new members, that photos taken on CORE or joint CORE/Other Club trips may be posted on the CORE website and/or used at other CORE venues. The executive has recently learned that not everyone is aware of how trip-related photos are being used.

May 15 – Deadline for Chicken Mountain Award Nominations

If you think that someone is worthy of winning the coveted Chicken Mountain Award, you have less than a month to submit your story to mailbox@corehike.org. At the coming AGM, the stories will be read and the most worthy nominee chosen by a show of hands. The nominee can be the coordinator of a trip where some misadventure or unusual experience happened, or a trip participant who managed to add some excitement to the outing.

REMINDER: CORE’S BUY/SELL EVENT – Tuesday, May 29

Do you have used hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, biking, climbing and/or scrambling gear and apparel that’s collecting dust and cobwebs in your basement or garage? Bring these items to the Scarboro Community Hall on May 29, and CORE will give you the opportunity to sell, swap or give these items away.

Tables will be available for your items. Sellers will be responsible for displaying prices and collecting money from their buyers. CORE is just providing a venue for bringing buyers and sellers together. The executive will send out further details in May.

Construction Advisory – Ha Ling Peak Trail Realignment

There will be construction activities taking place April through September on the Ha Ling Trail in Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park. Heavy equipment and crews will be on site completing a variety of trails improvements. Intermittent full-mountain closures will occur throughout the above time frame to accommodate safety, particularly during high risk construction activities. Caution should be used, particularly around heavy equipment, and all posted signage should be obeyed.

For further details please visit the Kananaskis Trails website at: http://kananaskistrails.com/ha-ling-upgrade/2018/

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ACTIVITY SCOREBOARD

March/April 2018

Here are a few highlights from the CORE calendar for March 21 – April 14. Please visit the CORE photo albums for more pictures from recent activities.

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March 21 – Bob, Kim, Julia, Carol – Fox Creek

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March 24 – Rawson Lake Snowshoe Gang

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March 24 – Canmore Nordic Ski Trails near Meadow Hut

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March 31 – Colourful Hogarth Lakes Snowshoe Gang

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April 1 – Chester to Sawmill snowshoe – Admiring the View Across Valley

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April 7 – Boom Lake Snowshoers and their Shadows

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April 14 – Chris, Ewa and Geoff on Sulphur Mountain Trail

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April 14 – Harvey, Ewa and David at Sulphur Mtn. Summit

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APRIL MONTHLY MEETING

Scarboro Community Hall – 1727 – 14 Avenue S.W.

Tuesday, April 24   7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Presentation: Tour of South Africa: Cities, Parks, Flora and Fauna

Please join us for our April Monthly Meeting. Following club announcements and updates, our presentation will feature a South African adventure. In 2016 Julia, a long time CORE member, took a trip to South Africa via Dubai.
Going from Dubai, a high end, over-the-top city, to relaxing Cape Town, was a study in contrasts, but both were fascinating in their own way. Table Mountain was a sight to see (on a non-cloudy day). A trip via the beautiful Garden Route led along the coast to Plettenburg Bay and then to the safari park to see “the big 5”, the most amazing enclosed bird sanctuary and a town built on canals. Incredible mountain scenery led through ‘ostrich country’ with enormous caverns, to Stellenbosch in the wine region outside Cape Town where the wines and the scenery vie for first place.

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NATURE NEWS & NOTES

Grizzly Population Stable in K-Country

According to the latest DNA census in Alberta’s bear management area five (BMA5) – an approximate 10,000 square km area, which includes Canmore and K-Country – there’s an estimated 16 grizzlies per 1,000 sq. km in the northern portion of the management area, which takes in K-Country.

Based on DNA results and modelling programs, researchers have come up with an estimate of 96 grizzlies (52 females and 43 males) in the 6,000 sq. km northern section. According to John Paczkowski, an ecologist with Alberta Environment and Parks, who spoke at a WildSmart Speaker Series presentation in Canmore, March 20, “The take-away message is that the population (of grizzlies) in K-Country is stable and slightly increasing.”

An excerpt from Rocky Mountain Outlook March 29, 2018

Bears Coming Out of their Dens

Parks Canada confirmed the first sighting of a grizzly bear on March 24 along the Bow Valley Parkway. It’s believed to be male grizzly 122 – also known as The Boss – the largest, toughest and most dominant grizzly bear in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks.

Keep Your Dog on a Leash

BANFF – Keep your dogs on a leash protest song is barking at off-leash pooch walkers in Banff National Park.

It’s illegal to feed, disturb or entice any wildlife in national parks and because an off-leash dog can aggressively confront wildlife such as grizzly bears and elk, there are strict regulations in place. For some further background information about the rules and some Banff local musicians’ efforts to spread the word, please visit this Rocky Mountain Outlook page.

http://www.rmoutlook.com/article/Protest-song-urges-dog-owners-to-keep-pets-leashed-20180412

The Wonderful World of Wetlands

Posted on March 21, 2018 by AB Environment and Parks  https://albertaep.wordpress.com/2018/03/21/the-wonderful-world-of-wetlands/

Sloughs, potholes and marshes…These names may bring back happy memories growing up on a farm, less happy memories of itchy bug bites, or perhaps you haven’t thought about wetlands since grade 5.  In Alberta, wetlands are grouped into five classes: bog, fen, marsh, swamp and shallow-open water. While they are sometimes thought of as a lightweight player in the world of water, these underestimated water-features do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to a healthy environment.

So why should we care about that marsh we might drive past every day? Because while we are waiting for the coffee to kick in and are just starting to function – it is already hard at work! Filtering out sediments and nutrients, which improves both the surface and ground water quality, they are a natural at removing harmful contaminants from the water. By storing water during times of flood, and releasing water during times of drought, wetlands can help mitigate flood and drought risks to landowners. Wetlands provide critical habitat to many types of plants and animals and are known to be one of the most productive ecosystems in the world.

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A BIRD’S EYE VIEW

10 Suggested Early Season Hikes in Banff National Park

CORE Event Coordinators – Try to add some of these hikes to the club calendar this spring

  • Tunnel Mountain. At 1,692 metres high, this little mountain is perfectly positioned for the best views of the Banff townsite and Mt. Rundle

    View from Tunnel Mountain

  • Hoodoo Trail
  • Marsh Loop
  • Sundance Canyon Trail
  • Fenland Trail
  • Sulphur Mountain
  • Minnewanka Lakeside
  • Johnson Lake
  • Johnston Canyon
  • Lake Louise Lakeshore

For more information on these hikes, visit:

https://www.banfflakelouise.com/blog/10-early-season-hikes-banff-national-park

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….see you on the trails …

CM