Friday, May 31, 2013

Fish



The official music video for Craig Campbell's, hit single, "Fish." Featuring World Fishing Network's Mariko Izumi.

Snow Pack - May 31 2013

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One week ago today, we were in the third day of a fairly significant three day rainfall event. We were told that the cold rain we experienced was falling as snow in the high country. The snow pillow graphs certainly confirm that.

In more than one instance, that snowfall resulted in raising the level of the snow pack back to where it was prior to the snow melt that began in early May.

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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Looking for trout over the next hill. ;-)  May 2012

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Outpost Radio

The Outpost Radio

For the Great Outdoors!® is a streaming Internet radio station mixing country & rock music with hunting and fishing

Listen here: http://bit.ly/1aGmYPa

Calgary Ukrainian Festival 2013 - Sat/Sun June 01/02



Calgary Ukrainian Festival 2013 - Sat/Sun June 01/02

A family-freindly festival featuring all things Ukrainian. Includes performers from across Calgary and Alberta, homemade, traditional Ukrainian food, and an elaborate market for Ukrainian souvenirs.

http://www.calgaryukrainianfestival.ca/

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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May 2012

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Monday, May 27, 2013

Today along the Bow River - May 2013

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McKinnon Flats today - last week's higher water uprooted a few trees, which ended up on the gravel bar.

Today's High 19 °C , mostly cloudy, wind avg 9 max 22, Bow River at Calgary flow 136 cms at 6:00 pm.

Save trout by guessing when Lake Louise will be ice free - CONTEST CLOSES JUNE 3!

 Save trout by guessing when Lake Louise will be ice free - CONTEST CLOSES JUNE 3!

Trout Unlimited Canada, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Parks Canada invite the public to participate in a contest to guess when Lake Louise will be completely ice free.

Each guess costs a minimum of $20, with proceeds going towards westslope cutthroat trout restoration in Banff National Park.

Please visit the contest page on the TUC website for all the details.

http://www.tucanada.org/index.asp?p=2055&vn=176

Looking back at the Bow River - 2012 Season

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May 2012

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Today along the Bow River - May 2013

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Results of the rain we had last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 




Pay attention to the signs. :-)

Bowmont Park project to enhance urban oasis, cut pollution to Bow River

Judi Vandenbrink of the Silver Springs Community Association says the city’s proposal for the Bowmont Park Natural Area will “bring back the ecological integrity of the area.” Photograph by: Tijana Martin , Calgary Herald

Bowmont Park project to enhance urban oasis, cut pollution to Bow River

By Eva Ferguson, Calgary Herald May 24, 2013

“We have a world-class trout fishery, yet we are putting all this pollution into the river and it needs to stop,” said Chris Manderson, natural area management lead with the city’s parks department.

Read story here: http://bit.ly/132RpMQ

Bowmont Park Improvement Project (Provide Input): http://bit.ly/Ke5fRF

Take survey here: http://bit.ly/18tddER

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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Michelle's shuttle van leading trucks & trailers to the boat launch. May 2012

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Ottawa to fund $5M study of effects of climate change on western Canadian rivers

John Pomeroy, Canada research chair in water resources and climate change, said research into Western Canada’s river systems is especially important as Alberta aims to prove it is developing the oilsands responsibly. “It makes sense for Canada to be investing in this,” he said. Photograph by: Calgary Herald/Files, Calgary Herald


Ottawa to fund $5M study of effects of climate change on western Canadian rivers

By Colette Derworiz, Calgary Herald May 24, 2013

From the Rockies to the Prairies and the Arctic to the United States border, a $5 million investment will allow scientists to study Western Canada’s major river systems and how they are affected by climate change.

John Pomeroy, a professor at the U of S who conducts research out of the Marmot Creek Research Basin in Kananaskis Country, said the federal funding will have a tremendous impact across the Prairies.

“It provides some good core funding for the next five years for myself and a number of other people who are working in the Rockies, from Kananaskis right up into the icefields,” he said. “We’ll be looking at the impact of snowpack and changing glaciers and changing forest cover — which are all shifting in response to the changing climate — on our water supply.”

Read more here: http://bit.ly/19a7Njl

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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May 2012

Friday, May 24, 2013

Today along the Bow River - May 2013

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Today's High 8 °C , rain, wind avg 16 max 37, Bow River at Calgary flow 235 cms at 3:00 pm.

The figure above is the Bow River below Carseland. Interesting to see that it increased from 205 cms at 5:00 pm yesterday to 429 cms today at 5:00 pm!

The flow rate at Calgary experienced only a marginal increase. That means lots of water is coming into the Bow River below the Calgary station, from Elbow River, Nose Creek, Fish Creek, Pine Creek and Highwood River.

Fortunately, the rain is supposed to be easing off by tomorrow morning (Saturday).

Drift boat for sale


Drift boat for sale

Clackacraft 17 foot forward weight driftboat for sale. Nice shape !

Complete with anchor, floor anchor system, anchor nest, wooden oars, trailer, plus full spare tire. Year 2000.

$5000 firm.

Contact: Ellen Thomas
1-587-777-5112 (text this # preferably instead of telephone calls)

18th Annual Festival of Quilts (Calgary) - May 24 & 25, 2013


18th Annual Festival of Quilts (Calgary) - May 24 & 25, 2013

Western Canada's largest outdoor quilt show returns to Heritage Park for its 18th year! View hundreds of beautiful home-made quilts as they adorn the homes, shops and streets of the historical village. Pick up supplies and inspiration from the Merchant's Mall, learn something new at the workshops and bring home your own stunning quilt from the returning consignment quilt sale.

More information here: http://bit.ly/YVU3A8

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012

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May 2012

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Today along the Bow River - May 2013

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Today's High 9 °C , light rain to rain, wind avg 15 max 37, Bow River at Calgary flow 190 cms at 6:00 pm.

"There is the potential for up to 40 mm of rain in Calgary Friday. Light rain will continue to fall on Saturday, then drier weather can be expected Sunday. In addition, more snow can be expected Friday night and early Saturday in the foothills." - David Spence, CTV Calgary

International Day for Biological Diversity - May 22


International Day for Biological Diversity

Water Matters (Alberta) writes: "Today is International Biodiversity Day, May 22nd, let's make sure aquatic habitat is preserved for some very sensitive species."

http://www.saveoursara.ca/

Calgary International Children's Festival - May 22-25, 2013


Calgary International Children's Festival - May 22-25, 2013

http://www.calgarykidsfest.ca/

Forget educational theatre, some Children’s Festival performers learn from their audience

By Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald May 17, 2013

READ STORY HERE: http://bit.ly/11WWFWR

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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May 2012

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Today along the Bow River - May 2013

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40 to 80 mm of rain forecast between now and Saturday morning.

Today's High 15 °C , overcast with occasional light rain, wind avg 19 max 33, Bow River at Calgary flow 140 cms.

May 20-26 is Drinking Water Week.


May 20-26 is Drinking Water Week.

Make a pledge with other Canadians to save water in 2013!

http://www.drinkingwaterweek.org/challenge

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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May 2012

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Today along the Bow River - May 2013

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A great looking raft with a fishing frame was on the Bow today, along with a handful of drift boats.

Tomorrow looks like another good day, before some rain forecast for Thursday.

Today's High 22 °C, partly cloudy, wind avg 20 max 43 max gust 63, Bow River at Calgary flow 140 cms.

China's Water Woes

Photo: A villager carries buckets of water from a white polluted stream which is used for his daily drinking water, in Dongchuan district of Kunming, Yunnan province. (Reuters/Stringer)

China's Water Woes

The Current/CBC May 10 2013

China's thirsty in its search for reliable aqua pura. Its farms and factories demand more, so Beijing seeks more control over its lakes and streams.

And that's bringing it into conflict with neighbouring countries that rely on waters that flow through China.

LISTEN HERE: http://bit.ly/197V8KP

Ray Manzarek (1939 - 2013) 'Doors' Co-Founder Was 74


Ray Manzarek (1939 - 2013)

Ray Manzarek Dead: 'Doors' Co-Founder Was 74

“While [Jim] Morrison, with his proto-celebrity lifestyle and tragic end, forever will remain the face of The Doors, you could argue Manzarek's keyboard work was every bit as important and helped balance some of the singer's more over-the-top moments.

His creepy organ line on "Light My Fire" adds a weirdo menace to what outwardly is a rock 'n' roll pick-up song. And his after-hours, lounge style on "Riders On the Storm" transforms that song into an epic unlike anything else the band ever did.” 
– The Canadian Press/Huffington Post, May 20 2013

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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May 2012

Monday, May 20, 2013

Today along the Bow River - May 2013

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The forecast for a rainy long weekend that we kept hearing last week never really happened. The closest we came was yesterday, with a few showers.

Today's High 20 °C , scattered clouds, wind avg 10 max 32, Bow River at Calgary flow 140 cms.

Be an outdoor champion!

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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Trout Unlimited Canada Alberta Provincial Biologist Brian Meagher presenting "Canaries in the Creek". May 2012

Learn more HERE: http://bit.ly/13CawMA

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Today along the Bow River - May 2013

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Setting out on an overnight camping trip on the Bow River

Today's High 16 °C , overcast with light rain shower early afternoon, wind avg 14 max 32, Bow River at Calgary flow 136 cms.



Let me try! Let me try! 





Blackbird watching the mayflies?

TUC - Stewardship License Pilot Project


Stewardship License Pilot Project

Trout Unlimited Canada writes: "The Stewardship License Pilot Project is a collaborative effort between Trout Unlimited Canada and the Fish and Wildlife Division of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources Development. Additional support has been provided by Devon Canada and the Alberta Conservation Association’s Grant Eligible Conservation Fund.

This innovative project builds upon the successes of the Quirk Creek Brook Trout Suppression Project, using angler education as a management tool for fisheries. For more information including how you can become involved please visit the Stewardship License Pilot Project page on our website."

Learn more here: http://www.tucanada.org/index.asp?p=2167

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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May 2012

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Today along the Bow River - May 2013

This young man was doing a credible job of casting with his fly rod as the boats drifted by. 
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A beautiful day, with more than 20 drift boats floating all reaches of the 'Blue Ribbon' section of the Bow River. 



Although the clouds were around all day, there was lots of sunshine to be had.

We got a lot of photos today (as we do most days) and it was hard to narrow the collection down to three. As it was Saturday, we saw lots of families, both floating and fishing along the banks. In the end, we chose two photos with kids, with a fairly solid drift boat shot in the middle. Hope you enjoy them. 


This boy was fun to watch for a few minutes. In turn, he was watching his father's every move.

Today's High 20 °C , mostly cloudy with light rain showers late afternoon, wind avg 10 max 33, Bow River at Calgary flow 130 cms.

Walk 4Water a success for double amputee

Spencer West, centre, is joined by friends David Johnson, left, and Alex Meers, along with students from Mountain Park School at the closing celebration for Free The Children’s We Walk 4Water campaign on Thursday. Photograph by: Stuart Gradon , Calgary Herald

Spencer West completes gruelling journey to raise funds for clean water

Walk 4Water a success for double amputee

By Tamara Gignac, Calgary Herald May 16, 2013

CALGARY — After 11 gruelling days and 300 kilometres of unforgiving Alberta highway, a jubilant but exhausted Spencer West crossed the finish line on his hands Thursday amid the cheers of Calgary schoolchildren.

READ MORE HERE: http://bit.ly/18U3bxB

Two Hands Project



 Two Hands Project is a collaborative approach to dealing with plastic pollution: take 30 Minutes and Two Hands to clean up yOUR world anytime, anywhere.

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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May 2012

Friday, May 17, 2013

Today along the Bow River - May 2013

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Surveying the water at midday
 
Today's High 17 °C , mostly cloudy, wind avg 8 max 15, Bow River at Calgary flow 125 cms.



Getting in some rescue practice prior to the May Long Weekend?

New Canadian Fly Fishing Nationals website

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Canadian National Fly Fishing Championships & Conservation Symposium

The brand new Canadian Fly Fishing Nationals website is now live and is iPhone and Android friendly - check it out.

www.flyfishingnationals.com

Serbian Fest Calgary 2013 (May 18 & 19)

Serbian Fest Calgary 2013

Join the Calgary-Serbian community as they entertain, feed, and wow you with fantastic cultural and sports events during the May long weekend (May 18 &19).

This spectacular event will feature a broad entertainment program showcasing some of the best cultural displays that the Serbian community has to offer.

Don’t know what Serbian culture is? Come out and join us for some fabulous homemade Serbian food, cultural exhibits, sports competitions, and much more. So save the date and mark it in your calendar today.This family friendly event has something for everyone.

http://www.serbianfest.org/