The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


I have always been a fan of human hibernation for the winter — layering myself in the warmth of fuzzy clothes and only unwrapping myself from my goose feather duvet when necessary. During the cold months, I tend to wait inside until the skin-prickling air transforms into a sun-shining, skin-melting feeling. 

Doug Collister has been passionate about bird conservation since he was young. After a career in the oil and gas industry, he pursued his interest in birds and discovered a hobby in bird banding.

However, he realized more involvement was needed in this area to help scientists track the health of bird populations. As a result of this, he formed the Calgary Bird Banding Society, despite the ongoing challenge of getting people to care about bird conservation.

Collister’s own attitudes towards birds were shaped early on. When he was three, his grandmother gave him a coffee table book on birds.

The secret to maintaining whatever sanity I have left is Periwinkle.

 As a third-year university student, I often find myself feeling overwhelmed with the stress of impending deadlines, assignments and the responsibilities of regular adult life. One of the key factors keeping stress from shutting me down completely is my horse, Periwinkle.

Religion has been around for as long as the invention of writing, about 5,200 years. However, the current generation, known as Generation Z, is starting to grow into new ways of personal spirituality.