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I worked on a project for the Globe and Mail on a seasonal wildlife count of migratory ducks and geese that come up this way through Alberta. Enviorment Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Service in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife service survey duck populations on wetlands all over North America. The Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey, is a joint project between the US and Canadian governments. It is the most extensive and most important of North America’s waterfowl population surveys. It was started experimentally in 1947, became operational in 1955, and has been conducted every year since then. In addition to the ground count, a pilot and observer fly only 150 feet above bodies of water to observe and count bird and duck populations as well.
The 113th annual Calgary Bull Sale, the world’s oldest continuous consignment bull sale was held over two days in Calgary, Alberta on March 6 and 7th, 2013. As many as 500 ranchers and purebred producers from Western Canada and the United States attended the event to bid on Hereford bulls, Angus bulls, and other breeds. Last year, the Calgary Bull Sale — a barometer for the Canadian cattle industry — saw a dramatic jump in both average and total sales. The average price for a bull sale at the first auction in 1900 was $85.17 while last year saw the highest prices in a decade, with the average bull selling for $5,726 – a third more than in 2011. Photos by Chris Bolin for The Globe and Mail
Calving has begun at the Triple S Red Angus Ranch just west of Calgary, AB. The family ranch established in 1875 will have about 450 calves born on the property as spring calving season gets under way. Photo Story for The Globe and Mail
I have spent the last 6 weeks shooting for the Calgary Regional Partnership around the city of Calgary and 13 other neighbouring municipalities which form the Calgary region, a diverse group of communities with a population of 1.2 million people. Here are a few of my favourites that I shot as I travelled the Southern part of the province over the fall.
I had the awesome opportunity to fly in a WWII B-17G Flying Fortress during its visit to Calgary for the 2012 Aviation Calgary Expo. “Sentimental Journey” came off the Douglas assembly line in late 1944 and served in the Pacific near the end of the war. The plane is displayed from late Fall to Spring each year at an Arizona hangar before it leaves on summer tour. The plane now visits an average of 60 cities and towns across the United States each year as a patriotic and educational exhibit. There were 12,731 B-17 bombers built from 1936-1945 of which only about five are still flying today. Photos by CHRIS BOLIN for The Globe and Mail.