Mountain Nature and Culture Podcast
About This Show
This podcast explores the natural and human history of the Canadian Rockies as well as its attractions and culture. We'll look at the ecology and wildlife as well as the unique plants and birds that make the Canadian Rockies home. Looking back through our history we will share the stories behind the scenery. This is the place for all things Rockies.
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029 Stampede foods, draining lakes, lost historic sites and summer crowds
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Story 1 - New Stampede Foods Every year, the Calgary Stampede introduces new menu items for the midway…and this year is no different. As usual, some are tasty, and others nasty. Last week they announced 40 new foods to their usual fare of corn dogs, French fries and pizza. Wait…did someone say pizza? How about the world's hottest pizza…yup you heard that right, this year the Stampede offers pizza infused with ghost peppers. If that doesn't make you want to head on down to the grounds, how about some crispy chicken feet on a stick…oh yah, that's a thing this year. Like always, there are a million ways to have your fries, starting with the Tropical Bobster. Think poutine topped with lobster and garnished with mango salsa and fresh coriander. Or how about clam chowder poutine. On top of a bed of fries, you'll find "creamy clammy goodness" garnished with crispy crab meat and parsley. This list only scratches the surface as to the entire list of new food offerings. If you'd like to check out the complete list, check out this link: 2017 Stampede Foods Story 2 - Johnson Lake Johnson Lake has been a fixture in the news ever since whirling disease was discovered in the lake last August, and subsequently throughout the entire Bow and Oldman River systems. While Bow River downstream of Johnson Lake has been impacted by the parasite, rivers upstream still seem to be free of the disease. Johnson Lake has the potential to form as a buffer between the lower Bow and the Upper Cascade River system. The Upper Cascade is important as it is home to 4 of the most important populations of the endangered westslope cutthroat trout. These include Sawback Lake, Sawback Creek, Cuthead Creek and Elk Lake. Johnson Lake is separated from these upper rivers by the dam on Lake Minnewanka, but with the ease with which whirling disease can be transferred from one lake to another, the lake can form an important buffer helping to make the transfer a little more unlikely. How does it spread? It can carried by fishermen on their gear or in the tread of their boots - especially felt-tipped waders. The myxospores can also be carried on the feathers of birds from one lake to another. Park managers are currently using electro-fishing and gill nets to remove as many fish from the lake as possible. The lake will reopen to public use for the summer, but after Labour Day weekend, they'll resume their electro-fishing and gill netting to try to kill more fish. They'll also bring in a contract