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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Changes at Elizabeth Lake

The landscape has been changing at Elizabeth Lake over the last few weeks.

new road configuration
In early fall, a new road configuration was completed at the tourist information booth parking area.  In order for traffic flow to become smoother and more efficient the Centennial Cairn, which was constructed as a replica of Fisher Peak, has been moved to a position adjacent to the tourist booth.

Centennial Cairn in new location

click to enlarge

A new weir is currently nearing completion at the outflow of Elizabeth Lake. The original water control structure was installed in the early seventies and has completed its life span.  Ken Johnson with Ducks Unlimited has been in Cranbrook over the last few weeks overseeing the installation.

Part of the weir construction
A bonus for the crews working on the construction has been the migratory visit of the Tundra Swans and Snow Geese. Elizabeth Lake has become one of the most important bench wetlands in the valley and has become so, only since the the construction of the original water control structure.  Man made nesting islands were made at that time and every year bird watchers and casual walkers are treated to the biennial migrations of many species of birds.  A new bird blind is planned by the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited and this will no doubt become another attraction to this valuable wetland.

Tundra Swans on lay over

photos Jenny Humphrey and Stewart Wilson

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