Urban Coyotes

canstockphoto18050217My experiences with urban coyotes have spanned over three decades here in Edmonton. I am mostly pleased that they are so adaptable amongst their two legged neighbors. When I managed Cheyenne Tree Farms North through the early eighties, there was a large population of coyotes that would bay at the moon or the passing trains at night. The pups even befriended my dog. He thankfully learned quickly enough not to trust them, especially after they became sizable yearlings.  I see urban coyotes in my Westmount neighborhood at least a couple times a year as they travel up from the ravine in search of food. We have quite a few fruit trees in our neighbourhood and I have seen them feeding on our Nanking cherry hedge. We often see posters of missing cats, and a couple of times, remnants of some unfortunate coyote meal when walking our present dog Teddy around the neighborhood. My most recent coyote sighting happened just a week ago Friday. Yes, the very morning after our lecture on urban coyotes. I was opening my upstairs blinds at 5:45 am and looking down on my front sidewalk was a young and malnourished mangy coyote looking up at me. Tragically with that classic skinny rat tail we had just learned about less than 12 hours earlier. It obviously was in a state of discomfort as, while standing there, it was aimlessly scratching its threadbare side. To be humane, I called in and reported my sighting. It was not an easy call.

For more information on urban coyotes, visit: Edmonton Urban Coyote Project.

Margaret Lorenzen, Edmonton Master Naturalist 2015

Nature in Focus Photography Contest

There’s only one week left of our exciting new Nature in Focus Photography Contest! This contest is only open to Master Naturalists. This is a chance for you to practice your photography skills and capture the beauty and biodiversity of nature in Edmonton. We will also be using these photos on our websites, participant materials and promotional items.Photography Contest

Contest Details & Rules – This document lists all the things you need to know about the contest! We encourage

Contest Entry Form – Please submit one entry form per photograph.  We have asked for a brief description of the photo to use during the public display. If more space is required, please attach as a separate document.

Photo Release Form – Please submit one photo release form per person involved in the photography contest. This means we need one photo release form for the photographer and then one for every recognizable human subject (if your photo has people in it).  If you do not wish to have your photo in future print material (only in the public displays) please indicate that on the photo release form.

Signatures are required on both the Photo Release Form and Entry Form so please either print, scan and email them back to shannon.meyer@edmonton.ca or mail them to the address in my email signature below. All photos must be in a digital format and preferably emailed to Shannon.Meyer@edmonton.ca.
Contest closes July 31st 2015. Only applications from Master Naturalists will be considered.