Snowy, Quiet Mornings On The Bighill Creek

There is something special about being outdoors in snowing, early morning hours. It is so quiet that you can hear the deer moving through the snowberry. The path along the creek is still thawing the snow, but off the trail, the snow is collecting on the branches. Very peaceful when conditions are like this. Nature does wonders for the mind and body.

Mule deer bucks browse their way through the snowberry, in the quiet of the early morning.

There are more deer in the riparian growth along the creek than in years past. The abundance of willow and shrub browse is good for a small population of deer. I like the late fall when the bucks come into the area for their rut (from the Latin rugire, meaning “to roar”), a time when the deer mate. The few weeks when larger bucks come into town.

The buck in the photo above was bedded down in the dense cover along the creek bottom. This abundance of bucks occurs in the latter part of November, in our area. I always look forward to getting some good photos for my blog or Stream Tender Magazine. Have a home so close to a piece of nature is a bonus. For me personally, getting out to enjoy a walk through some natural areas is a must-do experience.

Watching the Bighill Creek go through its different stages, during the freeze-up, is an enjoyable experience for me, personally. If you are lucky, you will encounter a mink, squirrel or numerous bird varieties, along the creek. Simple views of the creek are very peaceful scenes, and they help charge up the feelings of the outdoors that we all experience.

 

The riparian zone plantings on Bighill Creek are pretty obvious now, with lots of new willows and trees started on the creek.

These willows shown above, are from plantings a number of years earlier. The growth in this area is slow but steady. In summer the growth is lush and dense with leaves and tall grass.

Tenth Successful spawning season for our Constructed Spawning Channel

This was the tenth successful spawning season on the Millennium Creek. The custom channel was built in 2010 and the brook trout were spawning by that fall, in 2010. This fall marked the tenth spawning event and countless new generations of trout for our local stream. The channel was a grass-roots partnership project between Inter Pipeline and Bow Valley Habitat Development. A great investment in our future trout fishery.

The average number of redds per year, so far, is 25 brook trout redds each fall. This is fantastic and it reaffirms the importance of Millennium Creek to our local trout fishery. Not as a place to fish, but a place where trout can successfully reproduce in a protected environment.

Please show your support by contacting your councilor or mayor, and telling them to recognize the importance of Millennium Creek and its wild trout.

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