Biodiversity and Wildlife

Suffield National Wildlife Area — Conservation Makes Economic Sense

As shale gas discoveries greatly expand already abundant reserves of natural gas, the economics of EnCana's application to drill an additional 1,275 gas wells within Suffield National Wildlife Area are becoming ever more questionable. The Suffield Coalition has long argued that it would be economically imprudent and not in the public interest to approve EnCana's application. In June, EnCana announced it was shutting in gas wells because of low demand and prices, so the time may be just right for EnCana to abandon further drilling within Suffield National Wildlife Area. Read More

Call for Queries: Biodiversity

Biodiversity Issue
22 Mar 2010

Whereas many Canadians follow the international climate change negotiating process, few track parallel efforts to protect biological diversity. Not many are familiar with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) or realize that 2010 is the year when Canada and other countries that ratified the CBD were to have realized their modest target of achieving a "significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss." Even fewer know that 2010 is the International Year of Biological Diversity and that a Copenhagen-like meeting of world leaders is set for October in Nagoya, Japan.

To raise awareness about progress — or lack of it — on biodiversity, Alternatives Journal is dedicating an issue to the topic. We are looking for articles of both a political and a scientific nature. We invite you to submit proposals that deal with issues such as the following:

  • How is Canada, or other parts of the world, doing with regard to their efforts to reduce loss of biological diversity?
  • What is the state of Canada's and/or the world's biodiversity?
  • Is the Convention on Biological Diversity succeeding?
  • What are the latest (or suggested) tools and strategies for protecting biological diversity?
  • What role do business/government/NGOs play in protecting biological diversity?
  • Why has the CBD taken a back seat to the Kyoto Protocol?
  • What are you doing to recognize the International Year of Biological Diversity?

Calgary Seedy Saturday

Mar 20 2010 - 4:00pm to 10:00pm

Calgary Seedy Saturday is part of the worldwide Seedy Saturday/Sunday events that celebrate open-pollinated seeds. In Calgary, the event is coordinated with the support of the Community Garden Resource Network. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, March 20 from 10 am to 4 pm at  Montgomery Community Centre, 5003 - 16 Ave. N.W. (at the intersection of Hwy #1 and Home Road). Read More


Montgomery Community Centre
5003 16 Avenue NW
Calgary , AB

AWA Tuesday Talk: Mother Nature's Cleanup Crew— How Are They Doing in Alberta?

Apr 7 2010 - 1:00am

Part of Mother Nature’s clean-up crew, turkey vultures have attracted relatively little scientific study.  In 2003 Wayne Nelson and several Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division colleagues  followed up on public reports of vultures on old buildings in eastern and northeastern Alberta and a significant study has arisen.  In 2006 Wayne retired as a wildlife biologist and, along with Rick Morse, carried the vulture project into his retirement and expanded it.  Read More


Strathcona Public Library
8331 104 Street
Edmonton , AB

AWA Tuesday Talk: Pussy Willows and Flashes of Blue: Spring Has Arrived!

Mar 24 2010 - 1:00am

Bluebird lovers who build and maintain nesting boxes are contributing enormously to the conservation of this beautiful bird species. Coupled with a very active program to band these birds, we are becoming increasingly informed about their nesting habits and distribution througout southern Alberta.  Marijke Jalink-Wijbrans and Don Stiles will team up to describe the joys, heartbreaks and science of bluebird conservation. Read More


AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Alberta Must Protect Half of Oil Sands Region

Conservation group warns species faces extinction unless government acts

Edmonton, Alberta — Alberta must act fast to protect 50% of the oil sands area from industrial use so that wilderness, biodiversity and traditional use can continue into the future.

That is the key advice contained in an open letter to Ed Stelmach from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). CPAWS wrote the letter to the premier on the occasion of World Wetlands Day, February 2, and the International Year of Biodiversity.

The province and energy industry have been criticized by leading thinkers and governments for their rush to extract fuel from the oil sands without regard for the environmental costs. Alberta has a chance to prove the critics wrong, says Helene Walsh, Boreal Conservation Director for CPAWS, Northern Alberta Read More

Call for Nominations for the J.B. Harkin Conservation Award 2010

1 Mar 2010

Know someone who has made a significant contribution to conservation over their lifetime? Someone whose achievement is worthy of recognition?

We want to know about them!

About the J. B. Harkin Award

The J.B. Harkin Medal is Canada's most prestigious conservation award. Since 1972, the award has been presented by CPAWS to living individuals who:

  • have made a significant life-long contribution through words and deeds to the conservation of Canada's parks and wilderness;
  • or have made a special one-time contribution to national conservation;
  • and have not been otherwise recognized.

The award is named for James Bernard Harkin, Canada's 1st Commissioner of National Parks. Learn more about the J.B. Harkin Medal and see a list of previous participants at the CPAWS website. Read More

Tar Sands on Trial: The Beaver Lake Cree Fight Big Oil to Save the Boreal

Nov 28 2009 - 12:00am to 2:00am

(This event was originally scheduled for October 14, but had to be delayed because of bad weather.)

Award-winning author Andrew Nikiforuk (Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent), renowned photographer Garth Lenz (Canadian Geographic) and one of Canada's pre-eminent lawyers in Aboriginal law Jack Woodward (Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia) explain why the Beaver Lake Cree legal action is the way to stop the tar sands expansion – and save the planet. Read More


John Dutton Theatre (Calgary Public Library)
616 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary , AB

Book Tour: Wild Alberta at the Crossroads

Calgary authors Robin White and Marian White will be presenting slide shows at Pages Books on Kensington at 7 pm, November 17th and at Pincher Creek public library at 7 pm, November 19th . These are part of their new Alberta bad-news/good-news book-signing tour with their award-winning environmental coffee-table book, Wild Alberta at the Crossroads (see dates below).

This book is unique not only in portraying all six Alberta natural regions from prairie to Canadian Shield, but in taking a critical look at our stewardship of the land and response to global warming. Confronted by unrestrained resource extraction and ensuing climate change, the Whites concluded that celebrating Nature was not enough; we must face up to our environmental problems. Clearly many agreed, for the book sold out and was reprinted this summer. Read More


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