Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
-TuMday, Mar 29, 1973 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAIP S Barren prairies house abundant wildlife Concluded from Page 3 ments are becoming aware of the environment and are mak- ing a definite effort to help peo- ple become aware of their sur- roundings The naturalists' society ajv- plauds the establishment of na- ture reserves in tine province. Equipped In the past the majority of Alberta parks were established where there was some type of geological interest and then equipped them for people who wanted to take the city atmos- phere to a park so-rounding, Mr. Harper said. The Lethbridge Naturalists Society began as an ecological pressure group six years ago. As one of the founders of the society, Mr. Hamper says he personally got involved with the society because he felt the pol- lution pressure groups were just about as far off base as the polluters. "If you don't stay realistic in your pollution control de- mands, you may turn some people off who are basically for a clear he said, A middle-of-the-road attitude often accomplishes fine most, bo suggested. xTior to joining Hhe society, Mr. Haqoer recalls feeling as if he was the only one around who enjoyed spending spare time studying nature, but he report Southern Alberta 4-H clubs will be holding local calf shows and sales during June and July. TTie Bassano show and sale be held June 2 vnth three dubs participating. Clubs in the M.D of Willow Creek will show and sell animals the same day. June 8 the Foremost activit- ies will be held with two clubs participating. Pincher Creek area 4-H mem- bers will show and sell their calve0 June 11 with Vulcan County clubs in the show ring June 16 Newell County clubs will show and sell animals June 30 in Brooks In July, the Taber show will be held July 3 with the sale scheduled July 4. Lethbridge district 4-H dairy clubs will show their animals July 9 The 14 beef clubs in the district will show animals July 10 with the sale of beef animals set for July 11, all at the Leth- bridge Exhibition Pavilion. PAPK LAKE By Wendy Wilson President Brian Nicol called May 2 Park Lake 4-H Beef Club meeting to order at 8 p m_ at the Coalhutst Community Hall. Melody Jenson led the pledge and the minutes of the ;oast meeting wore read by Leona Sereda. The treasurer's report was read by Reg Nicol. Judging took place at Andy Brown's farm May 28. A ball game will be held at Park Lake June 9 with mem- bers versus parents. Terry Groenemlboom present- ed an interesting talk with impromptu speech given Sp Danny Jenson. says Uie formation of the so- ciety brought some of the most knowledgeable naturalists out of the woodwork. He started on the society's nature trips "quite ignorant" of Southern Alberta's plants, but since then has collected more than 500 slides of the dif- ferent plants in this area. "So many people have never stopped to see our environ- ment, because they have writ- ten it off as a barren he claimed. We were parked on a trail surrounded by what most peo- ple call barren prairie when Mr. Harper began to name some of the plant life in a 50- foot area around us. "Over there is sage that has been partly over-grazed and on the rocks are lichens in the process of making more soiL "There are cacti and several different types of meadow grasses and just remember all this is before anything really has started to flower in this he pointed out The society organizes its field trips for the times when bird life is plentiful so mem- bers can view an abundance of nature. "This has been the most suc- cessful field trip for bird sit- he added. Eventful It had been an eventful and educational two-day nature trip and when my wife and I bid our farewells to the naturalists we knew the knowledge gained had made us a bit prouder of our southern environment. When I walked to work the next morning, I noticed the robin on the sidewalk. The freshly-greened trees seemed to burst with song as several of our fine-feathered friends sang their pleasure and appre- ciation of the sparkling morning. If you're heading to a favor- ite weekend retreat and should come across a caravan of cars on the highway and a group of people staring off in one dir- ection, it would well be the Lethbridge Naturalists Society on another expedition. ATTENTION RURAL RESIDENTS TUTURA SHAG' 7 COLORS Cushion Back 'SPLUSH' 4 COLORS CAPRI CARPETS PHONE 328-5051 1518 3rd AVE. S. For free information and estimates CUP AND MAIL OR CALL COLLECT Name Address Interested in Carpet 1 STOP PAYING HIGH RENT! 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