The Bearberry Barn

Our series of barn stories recalls the significance of these structures to individuals and communities. Edna Bakken tells how a Ranger Station barn evolved into her rural community’s Heritage & Arts Centre …


Share A Barn Story

The Leach Barn

The telling and sharing of stories is one way to conserve the past. We’re looking for stories and photos of barns to share on our social media and website. Do you have one to share?








Art From The Heart


Last June Alberta artist and Circle of Friends

member Lorene Runham approached us

with a fundraising idea …




She planned to open her garage on weekends during the summer to showcase her art work and wearable art. She offered to donate 50% of her proceeds to Legacy. We were delighted to accept her offer.

Lorene recently presented Legacy with a cheque from her summer sales. Her generosity is deeply appreciated.

“I have a very strong loyalty to place—rural Alberta,” says Lorene. “Legacy Land Trust is a perfect fit with my artist statement. I intend to continue supporting Legacy through the sale of my creative works!

Lorene has a beautiful array of nature-related work on her website, including richly coloured original and digital artwork, art cards and art-themed clothing. She currently has a solo show in Red Deer running to November 14.

We’re Over the Top

What a birthday we had!

Our goal was $888.88 to buy much-needed equipment. By the time donations were counted we’d raised $1288.88!

Thanks to everyone who helped turn our wishes into reality. (Yes, someone donated $88.88 🙂)

It’s hard to put into words what these donations mean.

With the additional funds, we’ll be able to expand our stewardship and educational toolbox—additional stories, better videos, new educational trips to Legacy’s conservation easements, more opportunities to attend community events.


We’ll be ordering the equipment soon. We’re eager to get the cameras on the land so we can share stories with you about these special places.

Sarah Leach
Legacy Stories Coordinator

Let’s Celebrate!


Happy BirthdayLegacy’s turns 8 on October 20 …

and we’re celebrating with a virtual party! We’d like to raise $888.88 in the next 7 days.

Donations will help us purchase two new game cameras and their accessories, educational items like botany hand lenses, and items to make putting on events more impactful.

In this video Legacy’s Stories Coordinator shares what gifts we’d like to buy with your help.


It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 …

1. Visit our DONATE page.

2. Select Legacy’s 8th Birthday Fund and enter the amount you’d like to donate.

3. In the message box, tell us what item you’d like your money to go towards.

Questions,? Contact our Stories Coordinator, Sarah Leach.

Our Wish List




Calendars on Sale!

Legacy Land Trust Society

Great Blue Heron by Colleen Kaiser-Gill

Our New Calendars Are Here!

Inside you’ll find 55 full-colour photos of animals, plants and landscapes taken by 28 local photographers.

The calendars sell for $20. The money goes toward our conservation and stewardship work.

You can buy your copy at our office in Olds, Monday to Friday. We accept cash, cheque, credit card (VISA and MasterCard) and e-transfer. For more information contact us.


Is Blite a Blight?

Strawberry Blite Strawberry Blite pops up in my garden almost every year. I don’t plant it and I have no idea how it arrived.

At a time when many plants are winding down, it always surprises me with its bright colour and enthusiasm.

It goes by many names including Strawberry Spinach (the leaves are edible), Strawberry Goosefoot, Indian Ink and Beet Berry.

The berries (shown here) form in tightly packed clusters that to someone with a good imagination might resemble strawberries. Each tiny berry contains a shiny black lens-shaped seed. The fruit is edible though I haven’t sampled it.

Strawberry Blite is native across Canada and much of the US. I’ve found it growing in wild places—open woods and fields—as well as gravel pits and along roadsides. Ornamental varieties are sold by some garden centres.

What’s a word worth? Blite is a group of herbs. Blight is a plant disease or injury; or, something that causes an unwanted outcome or is an eyesore. Strawberry Blite is always welcome in my garden.

Sally Banks
Legacy Volunteer

Art Show & Sale

Join Legacy

and Paint the Barn Red artists!


Olds Evergreen Centre 5237-52 St Olds, AB

Sept 17   4:00 –  8:00 pm
Saturday Sept 18  10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday Sept 19  12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

Although we’ve had to postpone the Art Show because of new Covid concerns you can still purchase a copy of this beautiful book at our office in Olds 4801 – 49 Ave. (403) 556-1029.


A Gift of Trees

Tree PlantingEarlier this summer, Legacy received a call from the Agroforestry & Woodlot Extension Society (AWES). They had some good news. Several hundred tree and shrub saplings had become available.

A forestry project elsewhere had fallen through, and the saplings were ready to be planted. Certainly exciting but we needed to find somewhere to plant them, and quick!


Walking on the Wild Side

Great Gray Owl

Whoo Are You?

July 7th was my first monitoring visit of one of Legacy Land Trust’s conservation easements. Owl Ridge, southwest of Water Valley, is nestled under the canopy of aspen and spruce. 

The day began with picking Tall Buttercups for Legacy’s annual Buttercup Blitz event. Every year volunteers come out and aid in eradicating this noxious weed which covers most of the open fields on the property. We had a great group of volunteers join in on the event accompanied by a warm day. 

After a lunch break, we headed out to walk the property and complete our monitoring duties.

One of my duties as a summer student is to visit each conservation property and complete a stewardship and monitoring assessment. This includes following coordinates on a GPS to specific points where the same photo is taken every year and compared to the original baseline.

I was the designated photographer, which proved to be more difficult than I expected as it is sometimes quite hard to replicate an exact photo.

We also perform health assessments to determine the overall health of the property. Then we create a report to decide if the easement regulations are being upheld.

As we walked the trails and trekked through the bush, we found evidence of moose and other animals that inhabit the area. On July 8th, I noticed a hulking figure in one of the aspen trees. It almost resembled a cat but I realized that it was in fact an owl. Upon further research I learned that it was a Great Gray Owl

These owls are year-round residents on the property and are mostly owls of the boreal forest. As well as residing in North America, the Great Gray Owl can be found in Scandinavia, Russia, Siberia, and Mongolia. Their diet consists of small animals such as mice, moles, and gophers. They are active in the morning and evening and use their excellent hearing to identify their prey.

I was surprised to learn that the ears of Great Gray Owls are asymmetrical. The left ear opening is higher than the right which enables them to hear their prey even under a thick blanket of snow.

Although they are fairly large in size, I was very fortunate to see this owl as they are quite elusive birds. Owl Ridge is well named and is a beautiful setting to view such a striking creature. 

Nova Van Soest
2021 Summer Student