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Reflecting on a season of migration and connection

Posted on October 19, 2020

As the migration season comes to a close, we want to take a moment to thank all those who joined us for a migration season like no other. Because of all of you, we were able to connect as a community in a time that many of us felt more disconnected than ever.

The sun sets behind the silhouette of trees.

Photo taken by Emily Klekta.

The bright glow of the sun lights up the lake, making the sky and water orange.

Over 1,800 visitors (wow!) joined us to take in the golden sunset and share in moments of joy. This season looked a little different than previous years — hay bales and drive-in spots allowed for distanced seating, and volunteers roamed with information rather than their regular booths. We are so grateful for this community who showed their readiness to adapt with the changes. Thank you. 

Several adults stand 6ft apart to watch the sunset.

Photos taken by Lori Ebbitt.

The sky and water a light blue with yellow clouds above a line of trees.
The sky and water are deep blue and black, with whisps of cloud showing in what is left of the sunset. A couple dozen geese sit on the lake.

We also welcomed an exciting new collaboration with SMITH Restaurant for Goose Flight Feasts x SMITH. Over 1000 guests enjoyed a three course meal inspired by the season, using locally-sourced ingredients and bold culinary flavours. The event offered three seating times, distanced indoor and outdoor seating, and prime viewing of migration.

We are incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to share nature’s beauty at FortWhyte, but even more so for the volunteers who run the show. Our volunteers ensured our visitors had a safe experience outdoors, and we could not have done it without them. Fifty-two volunteers gave 500+ hours of their time to make each evening a memorable one, and we cannot thank them enough for their ongoing commitment. 

We’d also like to recognize our presenting partner, Cambrian Credit Union, for supporting us throughout this migration season.

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