When Calgary was just a town, perhaps mountain lions roamed the ridge with bears and wolves. The Bow Valley still provides a corridor for their occasional visits.
Nature Up Here is abundant. With native aspens in the coulees and the slopes, grasses and flowers on the flats, it's no wonder there are fauna.
Some say that wildlife is moving into Calgary. Maybe they're moving back. Long after we moved in, maybe they’re now trying to reclaim their habitat.
Can we live together? I think the answer is yes.
Many say we need nature around us to feel well-balanced and complete, claiming a walk in natural areas relieves stress and restores well being. To see and hear wild birds and animals is a bonus, and an opportunity to share the experience with children and neighbours, to taste a wild berry together. Nature Up Here is envisioned as a column appearing occasionally on Life Up Here. Would you like to contribute? Would you like to report sightings or encounters? Students practicing their writing skills are also encouraged to add their thoughts on animals and nature.
We're all eyes & ears when it comes to nature on Cougar Ridge.
Watch, listen, respect, appreciate, and share.
The preserved natural area in our neighbourhood is part of our heritage, and our life up here.