Thanks to Chuck for the report and photos. Chuck remarked... “Ski season is far from over in Banff National Park.” See all Chuck’s photos including another bird besides the Chickadee. I’ve probably seen a Savannah Sparrow somewhere but I didn’t know what it was.
A lot of excitement today surrounding the announcement of the Kananaskis Conservation Pass. The new pass will cover grooming, so the Kananaskis Parking Pass will go down in history as a one-hit wonder. It was a #1 hit in my opinion. I’m surprised nobody asked Ken Hewitt about the slush fund of about $80,000 which was collected over-and-above what was required to pay the government.
CTV has an online poll asking people “Do you support user fees for Kananaskis Country?” As I write this, it’s 767 – 712 in favour. Poll Question.
Thirteen winters have melted into spring since this blog started back in 2008 but I will soon be writing my final update. I’ve seen the first draft of a new blog to replace this one. It is a work in progress but I’m impressed. I’ll be posting a link to it when the website is ready. I’m pretty sure you’ll easily forget about me. (Truthfully, I knew someone could do a better job and I’m thrilled).
The vultures are circling and getting ready to pick over the bones of whatever is left on the PLPP north end ski trails. I usually post photos like these a lot earlier, but the season has been prolonged by the fresh snow and cooler weather over the past few weeks. The high tomorrow(Wed) in PLPP is +8°C after a low of zero tonight.
For the record, the two photos on this update were taken in previous years. I’m not sure if the Pocaterra trailhead has puddles of water, or snow, or dirt. I know the hill above the Boulton bridge is one of the first spots to lose snow.
Shoulder season has always been a difficult time of year for me: skiing is over but it’s too wet and muddy for decent hiking. I’ve gravitated more towards bike riding in recent years and today I was out on some of the paved paths in Calgary. I heard a Chickadee but wasn’t able to spot it, so Chuck’s photo was timely. Saw lots of crocuses.