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 2012/13 Gordon Terrace Elementary School
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By: SMW (offline) on Tuesday, February 05 2013 @ 09:20 AM EST  
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I've never seen a beaver at Elizabeth Lake although there are tell-tale signs of beaver near the parking lot off Highway 3.

Check out this clip from Calgary: http://www.goingwild.org/video.html?videoId=beas8hgBl0k


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By: SMW (offline) on Friday, February 15 2013 @ 11:44 AM EST  
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During January and February the Outdoor Club went snowshoeing to Elizabeth Lake, Potato Butte (near Wycliffe), Sunflower Hill (overlooking the St. Mary River) and Blueberry Hill (above Jim Smith Lake).

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By: SMW (offline) on Monday, February 18 2013 @ 09:45 PM EST  
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Three interesting finds on a frozen Elizabeth Lake just before sunset

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By: SMW (offline) on Friday, March 08 2013 @ 11:22 PM EST  
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We were met by a pair of pileated woodpeckers
As we arrived at Elizabeth Lake.

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We stopped at the outflow to look for Canada geese and mallards,
But there were none.

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However, there were lots of water bugs to observe.


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By: SMW (offline) on Friday, March 08 2013 @ 11:28 PM EST  
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It was fun to walk on the frozen lake
And crawl on all fours.

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We even spotted Eenzy, Weenzy Spider,
And watched as it crawled across the snowy surface.

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Then it was time to return to school
To reflect on our observations -

Pileated woodpeckers on a pole,
Elk poop like clusters of chocolate Easter eggs,
Shrimp swimming around,
Several old wasps' nests,
A red-winged blackbird calling,
A circling immature bald eagle,
Acrobatic crows,
A pair of mallards flying in formation,
Nibbled red-osier dogwood shoots,
Octopus tree,
Muskrat lodges,
A muskrat push up,
Bear writing on poplars,
An active spider running across the snowy lake surface,
Waterboatmen frozen in ice,
A marsh wren nest among the cattails,
Mullein leaves,
Nature's toilet paper,
Dirty water being filtered
Into clear water,
One of nature's many wonders.


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By: SMW (offline) on Saturday, March 16 2013 @ 12:17 AM EDT  
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Hard to believe the change in a week
Since we were last there.
Milder weather
Has breathed a touch of spring
Along the shoreline of Elizabeth Lake.

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Yesterday the partly-frozen lake
Was alive with sound and movement,
From muskrats feeding on the ice,
To red-winged blackbirds
Calling from atop cattails and shrubs.

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The lagoon near the outflow
Was filled with Canada geese
And mallards.

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It was fun to stand and observe.


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By: SMW (offline) on Saturday, March 16 2013 @ 12:29 AM EDT  
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Shortly after
A bald eagle circles overhead,
Then lands on the ice
Behind an island of cattails.

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A walk to a vantage point
Reveals predator feeding on prey
On the middle of the lake,
While smaller birds
Watch from a safe distance.

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Moments later
Another eagle lands,
A mate perhaps?
It approaches,
But is chased off,
And flies towards the shoreline,
Where it remains
Watching ....


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By: SMW (offline) on Thursday, March 21 2013 @ 12:21 AM EDT  
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Tundra swans have arrived at Elizabeth Lake.

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But they like to be mischievous when it comes to having their picture taken.

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It's almost as if they have agreed to look the other way rather than cooperate.


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