Caution: ticks

Waskahegan member Ron Robertson posted this warning on our Facebook Group:


I was out for a walk today along middle Coal Lake which is just east of Leduc. I saw a couple of young rabbits and was able to get some photo’s of the two of them. When I got home and looked at the photo’s the two rabbits are covered with Ticks!

If you’re a land owner or if you are in any public areas along the lake and are walking your dogs, check them over really well for ticks before you bring them into the house.

If you’re out for a walk or hike, check your clothing so that you don’t bring these nasty little bugs home with you!

Thanks, Ron for posting this warning.

Annual General Meeting 2018

You are invited to attend, socialize, and elect new board members at the


7:00 p.m., Friday, April 6, 2017
Central Lions Recreation Centre
11113 – 113 Street NW, Edmonton

Business and elections will be followed by a presentation

Photographing the Whitemud Nature Reserve

Wayne Oakes, Nature Photographer

Wayne Oakes is one of our region’s true enthusiasts of natural areas. Having grown up in the woods of Nova Scotia and then serving 33 years in the RCMP—where he developed and honed his superior photography skills—it was only natural that upon his retirement he would return to nature with camera in hand. But beyond taking pictures, he also observes and studies the habits of the fascinating animals, birds, plants, and more.

The Whitemud Ravine Nature Reserve (North) has been Wayne’s focus over the past two years. He will share with us some of his images that illustrate the beautiful and majestic…the big and small…and the odd and unusual. He will also show us some of his gear—both typical and unusual—that he uses to enhance his visits in the woods.


Light refreshments will be provided.

Directions and map. Enter through the south doors.


Birkebeiner 2018: Food and Good Cheer

More than a dozen Waskahegan Trail volunteers were at the Birkebeiner Ski Festival last Saturday in the Blackfoot Recreational Area. The volunteers prepared and handed out food, refreshments, and encouragement at the “Last Chance” food station at the Meadow Shelter.

We’ve been operating the food station every year since the Birkebeiner began in 1985.

According to Bonnie Guo, “The snow was perfect and the weather was not too cold.” It was a great experience, as you can tell from these pictures.

You’ll find more pictures on Flickr.