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Dandelion Soup

Early Spring Dandelion leaves can be combined with Stinging Nettles and Lamb’s Quarters to create the stock for this soup. If you would like, feel free to use any other vegetables you have on hand to add to the stock. Wash all Wild Greens thoroughly before using. Cut up greens and place them in a…

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Common Dandelion

“Dear common flower that grow’st beside the way Fringing the dusty road with harmless gold ‘Tis the spring’s largess which she scatters now To rich and poor alike with lavish hand Though most hearts never understand To take it at God’s value, but pass by The offered wealth with unrewarded eye.” James Russell Lowell (in…

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9 Signs of Spring

1. The Robins have arrived 2. The leaves are budding open 3. The Gooseberry leaves are out 4. The Buffaloberry flowers are out 5. The Pussy Willows are blooming 6. Many songbirds are either dancing or nest building 7. The Yellow-Rumped Warblers are here 8. Swainson’s Hawks are here 9. The Dandelion flowers are blooming

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It’s Spring and Everyone is Hungry!

Early spring for the animals that overwinter in Alberta, is the time when access to food sources is most important. The non-hibernators, like Deer, Elk, Moose, Chickadees, Hare, Grouse, Fox, Coyote, Wolves, Lynx, Bobcat and Cougars have all been surviving on their summer fat from the abundant foods they found. They have also been browsing…

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Tree of the Month – Balsam Poplar

The Balsam Poplar is a moisture-loving tree that lives in river valleys, from the Red Deer River north to the Sheep River in the south. These water storing trees, like all leaf-bearing trees, form the buds for their spring leaves in the fall. The buds overwinter and from February 2nd (the Celtic marker of the…

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Balm of Gilead

Balm of Gilead has been used topically for centuries for many health conditions. Some uses include anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.  Its aroma may be considered for use as a perfume for those who like the smell of this particularly aromatic oil.   Quick Method: Place one cup of your freshly harvested Balsam Poplar buds in a…

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Willow (g. Salix)

Willow is a shrub that loves to grow in moist habitat. Not only does it provide winter food for Elk and Moose, but it also contains Salicin, a chemical that is also found in Aspirin. Willow bark tea has been used for centuries as a pain killer for headaches, injuries and wounds. We have over…

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Willow Bark Tea

Willow Bark for headaches, fever, pain, and inflammation Willow provides relief from pain, fever, and inflammation, without the stomach upset that chemical aspirin causes.  It is plentiful and easy to collect in the spring. How to harvest willow bark for medicine Strip the bark from the young branches of Salix varieties of willow in the Spring…

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Winter Fun Saftey Tips

When snowshoeing or cross country skiing, over dressing is the most common mistake people make. Most of us feel the coldest in the parking lot, getting ready. This is the best time to wear a warm outer layer. Once it is time to start the outing; the heavy, warm, outer layer can come off. The key…

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Deer and Elk – It’s rut season!

Deer and Elk are in the mating season called the Rut. During the rut, cows and calves form harems with one or two mature bull Elk. The Deer Buck and Bull Elk have grown a large rack of antlers. Antlers serve two purposes. They indicate age, strength, stature and endurance of a male to survive,…

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