Friday, August 16, 2013

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary Walking Tours Provide Unique View of Changed Landscape

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary’s Nature Centre is open to the public, and Parks is now offering daily guided walking tours through the Park to provide a unique view of the landscape changed by the June floods.

The City of Calgary Parks is working hard to make sure Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is safe for both visitors and wildlife. So unless attending one of the guided walks, trails remain closed to the public while repairs and recovery are underway. Park trails will slowly reopen as repairs are made. In some cases, sections of trails will be moved away from the river bank to a safer location. The work underway to recovery from the flooding will continue into 2014 and well into 2015.

During the flood, the river collected and carried a lot of debris and silt. As the river turned the corner near Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, debris and silt were carried into and deposited throughout the Park. Flood waters carved new river channels, uprooting trees, tearing away river bank and damaging infrastructure like Park bridges, boardwalks, viewing platforms, benches and waste and recycling bins.

The good news is that there are lots of signs that birds are re-nesting and most bird species and wildlife are quickly adapting to the new landscape of the Park. Flooding is also helpful for the trees in this area.  For some tree species flooding is needed to generate new growth. Cottonwood seedlings started spouting within a week of the flood and show the quick natural renewal process of the forest.

Parks is doing a biological impact assessment to determine the impact of the flood and to find opportunities for natural regeneration.

See the natural recovery of the Park and the creatures that live in it by participating in one of the daily guided walking tours. Register online or call 3-1-1.

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