Biodiversity and Wildlife

Whaleback Fall Hike

Sep 21 2019 - 9:00am

Say goodbye to summer and hello to fall with an exploration of the Whaleback. The rocky ridges and rolling forested hills of the Whaleback are picturesque, and represent a vital landscape within southern Alberta that is sure not to disappoint. Join Nick Pink and Conservation Specialist Nissa Petterson as they explore this beautiful Montane wilderness during its full fall brilliance!

Cost: $25 AWA Members/ $50 Non-members
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging hilly terrain; good hiking shoes required and long pants recommended.

Location

Whaleback , AB

Porcupine Hills Summer Hike

Aug 9 2019 - 10:00am

The Porcupine Hills are a spectacular piece of Alberta’s wilderness; from rolling forested hills, countless limber pines, and meadows of beautiful wildflowers, this landscape has it all! What better way to spend a summer’s day than exploring this area with Conservation Specialist Joanna Skrajny.

$25.00 for AWA Members / $50.00 for Non-members

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    Location

    Porcupine Hills , AB

    Take Action: Protect Our Native Trout

    Deadline: 
    13 Jul 2019

    From CPAWS Southern Alberta:

    Westslope cutthroat trout are facing a crisis in Alberta, as populations are declining rapidly due to habitat degradation, over-harvesting and the introduction of non-native species. But you have a chance to ensure these beautiful native fish thrive, rather than decline further into extinction, by telling decision makers to implement a strong recovery plan for the threatened species.

    On or before July 13, tell the government you care about native trout recovery by providing input on the draft federal Recovery Strategy and Action Plan for Alberta populations of Westslope Cutthroat Trout.

    Take action to Protect Native Fish!

    UNESCO World Heritage Committee decision on Wood Buffalo National Park is a warning to Canada

    Indigenous and environmental groups fear for the future of Wood Buffalo National Park as the UNESCO World Heritage Committee echoes warnings of unresolved threats

    On July 3, 2019, representatives from around the world gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the 43rd World Heritage Committee meeting and discussed the fate of Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada’s largest national park. The World Heritage Committee called upon Canada to take further actions and warned that if Canada fails to address the threats facing the Park, it could be placed on the List of World Heritage Site in Danger. 

    Let's Talk Waterton

    Initiative: 
    Waterton Lakes National Park Management Plan
    Deadline: 
    3 Jul 2019

    From the Let's Talk Mountain Parks website

    Are you inspired by the beauty and history of Waterton Lakes National Park? Help shape the future of this special place.

    New management plans are due in 2020 for all mountain national parks, including Waterton Lakes National Park.

    Wild West Saloon

    Sep 13 2019 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

    It's a fun-filled hootenaney with foot-stompin' music, cold ale, card games, bidding and mouth-watering food!

    All proceeds help support wilderness and wildlife in Alberta.

    Tickets: $50

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    Location

    AWA Cottage School
    455 12 Street NW
    Calgary , AB

    Bighorn Ram Ridge Hike

    Jul 20 2019 - 10:00am

    Offering breathtaking views of the Foothills to the east and the Ram River Valley, Ram Ridge is a wonderful piece of wilderness within Bighorn Country. The lush meadows below the exposed ridge provide the canvas for many beautiful wildflowers, and provide habitat for Bighorn sheep, grizzly bears, elk and countless bird species such as yellow-rumped warblers and spruce grouse. The Bighorn Country is an integral part of Alberta’s wilderness, serving as a migration corridor for many wildlife species, and is critical to the headwater security for the North Saskatchewan River.

    Location

    Ram Ridge , AB

    Motorcycle Club Fined for Killing Threatened Fish

    Brooks Motorcycle Club and its Vice President have been fined a total of $70,000 under the Species at Risk Act and the Fisheries Act for organizing a motocross race that crossed through North and South Racehorse Creeks several times, seriously harming and causing the death of young bull trout and threatened westslope cutthroat trout. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) applauds the decision for defending Alberta’s imperiled native trout and upholding the intent of the Species at Risk Act, as well as recognizing the damage that motorized use can have on fish habitat.

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