Alberta Wilderness Association

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Canadians Willing To Make Sacrifices to Recover Caribou in our National Parks: New Parks Canada Report

Canadians support renewed efforts to recover Threatened caribou in our Mountain National Parks – and we are willing to make sacrifices to allow that recovery to take place. This is one of the significant findings from a newly released Parks Canada report, Conservation Strategy for Southern Mountain Caribou: What we Heard.

In November 2011, a draft Conservation Strategy was released, and the Canadian public were asked to provide comments. Around 150 individuals and organizations obliged, and their responses are summarized in the new What We Heard document. Read more about Canadians Willing To Make Sacrifices to Recover Caribou in our National Parks: New Parks Canada Report

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Canada's Declining Bird Populations Warrant Urgent Conservation Action

Almost half of all (44%) of all bird species found in Canada have experienced population declines since 1970 according to a recently released report on the state of Canada’s birds. Of particular concern, populations of grasslands birds have declined by 45% on average since 1970. Read more about Canada's Declining Bird Populations Warrant Urgent Conservation Action

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Endangered Sage-grouse Hang on by a Thread in Alberta, Huge Declines in Saskatchewan

Every spring anxious eyes turn towards the sage-grouse mating grounds (known as “leks”) of southern Alberta to see whether or not Canada’s sage-grouse made it through the winter. This year’s spring population counts observed only 13 males at Alberta leks, showing no improvement since last year. In Saskatchewan, the only other Canadian province in which sage-grouse persist, huge population declines were observed. Only 18 males were counted at Saskatchewan leks, a dramatic decrease from the 42 males last recorded. Read more about Endangered Sage-grouse Hang on by a Thread in Alberta, Huge Declines in Saskatchewan

Event

Edmonton Solstice Swing: A Celebration of Wildlife and Wild Spaces in Alberta

Jun 23 2012 (All day)

AWA invites all Edmonton members, prospective members, friends and supporters to join us at the Muttart Conservatory to mark the summer solstice. There will be entertainment, education, good friends, great food and more!

We look forward to seeing you at this great night out.

The Solstice Swing will feature entertainment from guitarist Jordan Kaminski, a buffet with a cash bar, and a limited silent auction. Read more about Edmonton Solstice Swing: A Celebration of Wildlife and Wild Spaces in Alberta

Location

Muttart Conservatory
Edmonton , AB
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Sage-Grouse Reintroduction: More Habitat Protection Needed

Reports in yesterday’s news media reveal details on a program to import sage-grouse from Montana to Alberta. While this reintroduction shows overdue recognition by the Alberta government of the dire situation of one of Canada’s most endangered species, and is likely necessary, Alberta Wilderness Association is concerned. Alberta Sustainable Resource Development’s Fish and Wildlife branch still have not fixed the underlying problem of habitat degradation and lack of protection for all the critical habitat that these endangered birds require.

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Event

Music for the Wild: The Wardens with guests Prairie's Edge

May 13 2012 - 1:00am

The Wardens are three Parks Canada park wardens sharing their stories through song. Backcountry horse patrols, mountain rescues and wildlife conflict all provide inspiration for these singing wardens whose “tales of adventure and misadventure” in the rocky mountain national parks have been set to music and verse. The evening's songs are accompanied by visuals and stories that give the audience an unforgettable way to experience what life is actually like for a park warden. Read more about Music for the Wild: The Wardens with guests Prairie's Edge

Location

AWA Hillhurst Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB
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Slow Down Oil Sands to Save Wetlands, Scientist Says

As development continues to destroy wetlands crucial to Alberta’s water security and climate regulation, a new research paper by a University of Alberta ecologist, Dr. Lee Foote, concludes that the government should negotiate mineable oil sands development limits. The paper cites doubtful reclamation success for the extensive peat wetlands central to that landscape. The Alberta Wilderness Association and Water Matters call on Alberta’s political party leaders to commit to meaningful wetland conservation measures including protection of boreal wetlands. Read more about Slow Down Oil Sands to Save Wetlands, Scientist Says

Event

AWA Tuesday Talk— Water For Tomorrow: All-Party Candidates Forum on Water Issues

Mar 29 2012 - 1:00am

“The reality is that fresh water is more valuable than crude oil.”
Peter Lougheed, Former Alberta Premier, 2005

In recent years, many Albertans have been engaged in a number of important water issues, and ensuring the security of our source water has become vitally important to each one of us. We believe there is both a need and high interest to discuss Alberta water resources policy and decision making. We hope you will attend this forum.

Candidates confirmed to represent their parties are the following: Read more about AWA Tuesday Talk— Water For Tomorrow: All-Party Candidates Forum on Water Issues

Location

AWA Hillhurst Room
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB
Event

AWA Talk — Tracking the Golden Eagle

May 2 2012 - 1:00am

 

With Peter Sherrington 

This spring will mark 20 years of golden eagle migration monitoring. Peter will give a fascinating talk about the trends and patterns that have emerged over that time. He will also give an update on some recent DNA work that has been done on golden eagles: how closely related are the eagles that migrate up and down the Rocky Mountains every year to the resident birds that stay put all year round? Read more about AWA Talk — Tracking the Golden Eagle

Location

Alberta Wilderness Association
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

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