Everyone can become a healthy lake steward by minimizing their own impact on the land and water. Please check out the Lake wise resources and programs below to learn and to enjoy our beautiful lake.
LakeWise: Invasive Species Citizen Action
The lake wise project was funded in part through the Watershed Stewardship Grant, a program of Land Stewardship Centre financed by Alberta Environment and Parks.
Biodiversity of Pigeon Lake: Pigeon Lake is an incredibly diverse area with so many different types of plants and animals. This natural diversity is threatened by invasive species. Learn more...
Click here for a fact sheet that features some of the natural diversity around Pigeon Lake. Make it an activity and turn it into a scavenger hunt for the whole family.
Shoreline Plants (Good & Bad) & Aquatic Invasive Species
Invasive Plants: Invasive plants have come uninvited to our shores. Plants that evolve here are a natural part of the web of life and contribute in many roles. Invasive plants did not evolve as a part of the ecosystem and have an unfair advantage, and often taking important space away from the many other plants that do contribute to the health and reslience of the ecosystem.
Report invasive species by calling AEP at 1-855-336-BOAT(2628)
Threats!!Help Prevent Aquatic Species getting into Pigeon Lake
The reference includes six invasive shoreline plants that need to be removed from our shoreline. Print off the first two pages and take the handy reference with good pictures with you to the shore. It includes information about each plant and how to remove them. The sheet also includes links to more information.
This one of the worst weeds because it is so pretty yet one plant can produce many seeds that when the plant is mature can shoot out when touched. These seeds can remain dormant in the soil for two to three years. It will take the diligence of many people to reduce or eradicate this weed.
Excellent information and pictures on a wide range of Alberta plants, and aquatic invasive species including the invasive plants found in the Pigeon Lake Watershed. See the great Grow Me Instead Brochure and other resources on their site.
Tree Planting Around Pigeon Lake: Help the lake by enhancing the shoreline with beautiful native trees. This references has information about planting native on your lake lot or within your Summer Village. It also provides information and links to the Prairie Shelterbelt Program for rural land owners or those wishing to plant large amounts of trees.
Read of the good work of all the Pigeon Lake Stewards who annually walk the shorelines picking up debris that is bad for the lake water quality and the living organisms in the lake. See here the report of what has been picked up. It may surprise you!
A highly recommended handbook for lake shoreline users and cottagers to help improve water quality and shoreline ecology. It includes tips for boating and recreation, construction, septic systems, docks, and landscaping to reduce impacts and co-exist with wild life.
Representatives from various conservation agencies and local and provincial government departments met to discuss concerns, opportunities and the potential for working together and with communities to bring about environmentally friendly land use practices in riparian areas and the overall watershed. From that fall meeting a "Core" group of people and agencies "teamed up" to determine just how they wanted to approach this challenge.
Sustainable Resource Development (SRD), explains approvals and regulatory requirements and various types of shorelands and provides links to programs available through the Government of Alberta to assist property owners to reduce their impact on the watershed.
The Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society provides technical assistance and information management ideas to help producers and community members make informed decision for their operations near riparian (green areas) on streams and lakes.
A handbook for lake shoreline users and cottagers to help improve water quality and shoreline ecology:, includes tips for boating and recreation, construction, septic systems, docks, and landscaping to reduce impacts and co-exist with wild life
Love our Birds
Birds of Pigeon Lake - Name that Bird
Picture riddle: Test your knowledge of the birds of Pigeon Lake. The Lake is home to many types of birds, whether it's just a stop during migration, a summer home, or a year-round residence. Can you name these birds?
This useful pamphlet includes:
- Water birds common to Pigeon Lake
- Nesting and loading areas
- Eating habits
- Mitigating measures to waterfowl using manmade strucutres, including details of proper dock & boat setup.
The PLWA works with ALMS to ensure lake monitoring is conducted each year. There is also a lot of good information on their website. Learn how to help improve water quality for Alberta’s Lakes and increase environmental awareness: programs, workshops, news & events, resources. Find there the Pigeon Lake, 2001 LakeWatch report.
A non-profit company of industry, government and others working with farmers and ranchers to identify opportunities for environmental stewardship: includes Collaborative, voluntary, science-based and confidential programs, environmental workshops, safety programs, forums, newsletters and articles.
The purpose of the Society is to promote understanding and comprehensive management of lakes and reservoirs and their watersheds. ALMS has been one of Pigeon Lake's key "Healthy Lake" Partners participating in the Pigeon Lake Watershed Management work and doing the annual LakeWatch Program at Pigeon Lake (via the PLWA) to help ensure that we can determine the long-term water quality trends. We recommend subscribing to their newsletters which enable one to better appreciate Alberta prairie lakes.
Provides objective information and sources about environmental and natural resource law: includes services, programs, reports, fact sheets, library, and links to resources dealing with environmental issues.
These resources are available with the help of experts from the Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta Invasive Species Council, Alberta Lake Management Society, the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership, ALUS Wetaskiwin-Leduc,Cows and Fish, Edmonton Native Plant Society, and with the support of our Funders and Sponsors include: