Superintendent's Message - Christmas 2012

This artical is reproduced from the current Trumpeter newsletter. I'm posting it here because it's of general interest and because it contains a message about winter closures in the Park.

Superintendent’s Corner

The fall came and went remarkably fast for me. Karump, winter was here. Karump is the sound that a foot of snow makes when hitting the ground in what seemed to me to be less than the time it takes to look at a
chickadee and then look back again. Karump – winter! Chickadees, time to pull out your long underwear.

Alas, with the sudden appearance of winter, came the requirement to communicate some changes for Elk Island. As a result of the Government of Canada’s deficit reduction measures, Parks Canada has realigned its visitor ser-vices to coincide with peak visitor periods. As a consequence, as may have heard, groomed ski-trails and winter camping will no longer be supported at the park. That said, skiers are welcome to track-set their own trails, and there is still much to enjoy in a park that is open year-round. During winter, a wide variety of day-use offers are available to winter visitors. The Bison Loop Road will be ploughed; something new that should enhance wildlife viewing opportunities from the comfort of your vehicle. There are also eight geocache sites waiting to be discovered at Elk Island. Other great activities to enjoy in winter include photography, kite/ski boarding, snowshoeing, bird watching, picnicking, and more. So, come and find us and have some fun in the process. Winter – you can’t get us down!

To prove my point that winter is to be enjoyed, not shunned – there are a few things going on with the Friends and with Elk Island that should keep us all going. I am very pleased to see that the FEIS and Elk Island are partnering to host a beautiful Elk Island-themed tree as part of Lamont’s Festival of Trees. Drop by the Community Hall in Lamont (at the Arena) throughout the month of December to see the handiwork. I wish to express special thanks to FEIS member Catriona Chernenkoff for leading us all in a great afternoon of tree decorating and treat devouring (Christmas treats – yum!).

We can also look forward to birding events in the park. Once again, FEIS are hosting the Christmas Bird Count on Box-ing Day, starting at 8 a.m. in Elk Island’s Tradeshop. It should be a great time, and I can say I plan to be out and about looking for the coolest bird of the day. It’s always a great event; make sure you come and join us. But, even if you can’t make that one – stay tuned for other events. Martha Allen, our new ecologist at Elk Island, and I look forward to having a birding event at some point this winter. Martha is an excellent birder, and I have been known to spot a bird or two as well by times.

This winter, we are also planning to handle more bison. This year it is wood bison, once again being sent to the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in Russia. Another 30 animals are about to get the ride of their life – flying buffalo – only at Elk Island! Stay tuned for more information on this exciting event. The Elk Island staff will be there – anybody else want to round up some bison?

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Superintendent's Message - Christmas 2012 December 19, 2012 5:44 PM Rick W.
2012 Interpretive Program Schedules July 28, 2012 7:35 PM Rick W.
Yellow Rail Monitoring July 15, 2012 2:42 PM Rick W.
Elk Island National Park Information March 18, 2012 10:53 AM Rick W.
The Friends of Elk Island Society December 16, 2011 11:45 AM Rick W.
Contact, Location and Maps November 18, 2013 10:06 AM Rick W.
Membership September 2, 2014 11:55 AM Rick W.
Conservation and Research December 11, 2011 9:52 AM Rick W.
About Friends of Elk Island Society July 28, 2012 7:37 PM Rick W.

Membership dues

CAD15.00 Anually

This covers: $15 Individual membership, $25 Family

Payment is accepted using:

  • Cash or check - “If you wish to purchase a society membership please see our web site's membership page at:

Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

Our Sponsors

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy