Biodiversity and Wildlife

2010-06 Vol. 18 No. 3 Wild Lands Advocate

The Alberta Wilderness Association has posted the latest issue of Wild Lands Advocate.

Features

  • Lakeland: A Lifelong Odyssey in a Land of Wonder
  • Exploring Alberta’s Mountain Wilderness
  • Thoughts on “Being:” Get Out There
  • Disabled Citizens: Welcome Them into the Conservation Community
  • Blind Ambition: the Ross Watson Message
  • North America’s Original Frequent Fliers

AWA Hike: Plateau Mountain

Jul 28 2010 - 6:00am

Explore the Ecological Reserve on the summit of table-like Plateau Mountain

Distance: 12 km
Elevation Gain: 250 m

Located in southern Kananaskis Country, Plateau Mountain's Ecological Reserve offers superb views and a rare diversity of plants and animals.  The summit is broad and windswept and harbours animals such as the bighorn sheep and the hoary marmot.

This hike is rated as Moderate, covering approximately 12 kilometres with an elevation gain of about 250 metres (800 ft).

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AWA Hike: Porcupine Hills

Jul 6 2010 - 6:00am

Distance: 5 km
Elevation Gain: 250 m

Situated between the mountains and the prairies, the Porcupine Hills are unique.  Beautiful wildflowers abound, with a backdrop of diverse grasses and shrubs.  Ancient Douglas firs are a highlight not to be missed!

Please Note: This hike is rated as Moderate, covering approximately 5 kilometres with an elevation gain of about 250 metres (800 feet). Read More

Location

Porcupine Hills , AB

AWA Hike: Dry Island

Jun 29 2010 - 6:00am

Distance: 8 km
Elevation Gain: 200 m

"Dry Islands" are unique erosional remnants in the beautiful Red Deer River valley.  Climb to the top, 200 metres above the waters of the Red Deer River.  Experience the stunning views, including an ancient buffalo jump.  Keep your eyes open - you might discover the astoundingly old bones of an Albertosaurus!

Please Note: This hike is rated as Moderate, extending approximately 8 kilometres with an elevation gain of about 200 metres (650 feet). Read More

Location

Dry Island , AB

Alberta Native Plant Council wins Emerald Award

Congratulations to the Alberta Native Plant Council (an AEN member group) for their  win in the Non-Profit Association category at last night's Emerald Awards. Congratulations to all of the other winners and nominees as well. A full list of this year's Emerald Award recipients can be found on the Alberta Emerald Foundation website. Read More

Oldman Watershed Bus Tour

Jun 22 2010 - 6:00am

The grass is green, the leaves are out and summer is trying to show its face!  It's a great time of year to get out there and learn more about our wonderful Alberta wilderness.  The Alberta Wilderness Association invites you join them on a bus tour through the Oldman River watershed in southwestern Alberta. Read More

Business as Usual as ERCB OKs Kananaskis Sour Gas Pipeline

A twenty-month-long hearing process held by the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) into a major new sour gas development proposal in Kananaskis Country resulted in little more than a rubber stamp, and business as usual. ERCB’s June 6 Decision 2010-022 gives the go-ahead for Petro Canada (now Suncor) to drill 11 new sour gas wells, and build a 37-kilometer pipeline through land recently recognized by the Alberta government as Nationally Significant. Approval comes despite considerable opposition to the proposal from local landowners, environmentalists and First Nations. Read More

Alberta Minister Commended for Key Step in Grizzly Bear Recovery

Sierra Club Canada and the more than 1200 participants in Action Grizzly Bear are commending Alberta's Sustainable Resource Development Minister, Mel Knight, and his Cabinet colleges for listing Alberta's grizzly bears as a Threatened Species under Alberta's Wildlife Act, a necessary step to recovery that was first recommended by the government's multi-stakeholder Endangered Species Conservation Committee in 2002. Read More

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