SUMMER VILLAGES OF PIGEON LAKE REGIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (Media Release, March 17, 2020): In view of the current Coronavirus situation the Emergency Advisory Committee has voted to unanimously approve the partial activation of Regional Emergency Management Program to keep the public informed, monitor the situation, follow provincial requests and plan for business continuity to protect vital municipal services with our virtual Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC).
In the interest of keeping our community as safe as possible given concerns around COVID-19 this event has been postponed. Stay tuned for a new date. Be well!
Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation in Areas Around Pigeon Lake
February 2020 - In the summer of 2018 the Alder Flats, Winfield, Buck Lake, Pigeon Lake areas and one location one mile west of Wetaskiwin experienced an in flight of mountain pine. In 2019, 33 sites have been confirmed. This tree-killing bark beetle's main host is lodgepole pine. Although native to Canada, the beetle can be considered invasive if it invades new regions. For dead trees. action is required. If you suspect a Mountain Pine Beetle infestation on your property please consult your Summer Village or County's website.
Did you know...Prussian Carp, and whirling disease have been found in Alberta waterways. Zebra and Quagga Mussels are in lakes as close as Manitoba and Montana. And, Eurasian Watermilfoil is in lakes in British Columbia. These “happy travellers” easily attach to boats and marine equipment. When boats and watercrafts come to Pigeon Lake from other lakes the risk of infecting our lake is high. Once in the lake, it's almost impossible to eradicate invasive species and eradication efforts come at a high cost to taxpayers. Prevention is the best measure. The Pigeon Lake Watershed Association and the Alliance of Pigeon Lake Municipalities are working together to implement a prevention strategy.
Objective 7a Pigeon Lake / In-Lake Management Invasive Species: Improve education and build local defenses to keep out aquatic invasive species.
PLWA Christmas Creature Count Spotted at Pigeon Lake, December 27, 2019 All respondents spotted Black-capped Chickadees. 10-29 was the maximum number of Black-capped Chickadees seen at one time. The maximum number of other creatures reported: 3 Crows/Ravens, 2 Grouse, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Woodpeckers, 1 Fox, 2 Red Squirrels, 1 Northern Flying Squirrel, 5 Dogs, 10-29 Humans (smiling friends and family) Thanks to the Pigeon Lake residents who let us know what creatures they saw at the lake!
PLWA hosts another successful Love the Lake Fun Family Day
Families joined us for the Pigeon Lake Watershed Association’s Annual Love the Lake Family Fun Day at the Provincial Park on August 10th to have fun and learn about lake stewardship, nature, and biodiversity. Families got to meet Rickie the Northern Saw-whet Owl, learn about wildlife, check out bat artifacts, and participate in crafts, games, and face-painting.
Thanks to the Mulhurst Fire Dept, Cows and Fish, Beaverhill Bird Observatory, Alberta Community Bat Program, Pigeon Lake Provincial Park Staff, Alberta Lake Management Society, Pigeon Lake Public Library, Pigeon Lake Chamber of Commerce, the PLWA staff and Director, and the terrific volunteers who all helped to make the day a huge success!
Nature Alberta’s Living by the Water, Love your Shoreline Assessments (Norris and Itaska)
The LbW Homesite Consultation is A FREE SERVICE for all watershed residents to learn how to be a good lake steward. The report highlights how we are doing to become a lake friendly watershed community.