Biodiversity and Wildlife

Warm-Up Time for Calgary Tower Climbers

On stairwells all around the city, enthusiastic climbers are brushing off the winter cobwebs and warming up those leg muscles, getting ready to climb to the top of the Calgary Tower this coming Saturday.

Saturday April 17 is, of course, the date for the city’s premier Earth Day celebration, the Annual Climb & Run for Wilderness, hosted by Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA). There are now just four days to go until the Tower will open to people of all ages and abilities, who will scale the stairs, all 802 of them, in support of Alberta’s beautiful wild lands, wild waters and wildlife. Read more about Warm-Up Time for Calgary Tower Climbers

Greening the Mackenzie Gas Pipeline: Is the National Energy Board serious about sustainability?

YELLOWKNIFE — The National Energy Board has an opportunity to get serious about sustainability of ecosystems and communities in the Mackenzie Valley as it considers a possible licence for the Mackenzie Gas Project in hearings this week, says Sierra Club Prairie.

“We are disappointed that sustainability considerations are absent in the NEB’s proposed licence conditions for the Mackenzie Gas Project, despite that fact that the NEB’s chair has recently stated that sustainability is a focus for the Board.” said Sheila Muxlow, acting director of Sierra Club Prairie. “The NEB cannot be said to be serious about advancing sustainability or the public interest if it turns a blind eye to the fact that the Mackenzie Gas Project is a basin-opening project that will create a petro-economy throughout much of the Mackenzie Valley.” Read more about Greening the Mackenzie Gas Pipeline: Is the National Energy Board serious about sustainability?

AWA Tuesday Talk: Journey to Lakeland — Alberta's Boreal Beauty

May 5 2010 - 1:00am

A Pictorial Voyage to the Lakes and Trails of Alberta’s Lakeland

Join Carolyn Campbell for a pictorial voyage to the lakes and trails of the Lakeland region east of Lac La Biche, Alberta.  A sampling of plants, animals and human activities in this exceptionally beautiful wilderness area.  Many of the images will be the results of work provided by local Edmonton photographers.

Carolyn Campbell is a Conservation Specialist with the Alberta Wilderness Association. Read more about AWA Tuesday Talk: Journey to Lakeland — Alberta's Boreal Beauty


Strathcona Branch Library
8331 104 Street NW
Edmonton , AB

Celebrate the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity with Environment Canada's Nature Matters! Contest

28 Mar 2010

Environment Canada invites Canadians aged of 9 to 35 years to celebrate the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity by participating in the Nature Matters! Contest.

Biological diversity is the variety and abundance of life on Earth. To help raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity all over the world, the United Nations General Assembly declared that 2010 will be the International Year of Biodiversity. Environment Canada is celebrating this, in part, with the national Nature Matters! ContestRead more about Celebrate the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity with Environment Canada's Nature Matters! Contest

Edmonton Seedy Sunday

Mar 21 2010 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm


  • 11:30 a.m. Get Growing - Ideas and Strategies for New Gardeners with Ron Berezan,
  • 12:30 p.m. Starting Seeds with Bruce Bashforth
  • 1:30 p.m. Growing the Top ten Herbs with Gwen Simpson
  • 2:30 p.m. Urban Gardening Panel with:
    • Dustin Bajer, Guerrilla Gardening;
    • Sonja, Spin Farming;
    • Kim Sanderson, Involving Children

There will be a seed swap, seed vendors, displays, a kid`s table,a gardening book and magazine exchange and a Seedy Café. Read more about Edmonton Seedy Sunday


Alberta Avenue Community Hall
9210 118 Avenue NW
Edmonton , AB

City of Calgary Earth Day Lunch & Learn

Apr 22 2010 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

The City of Calgary is celebrating Earth Day by inviting everyone to attend a presentation by Kevin Strange (Senior Advisor of Conservation Outreach at the Calgary Zoo) called "An Uplifting Earth Day."

Kevin will tell you that knowing a lot about conservation can make a guy a real drag at a  party if he chooses to dwell on all of the doom and gloom news we get exposed to every day.  But, Strange devotes his energy to positive conservation stories and is surrounded by people and organizations doing small, but nonetheless great things, for nature and the environment.  Celebrate Earth Day by listening to him share light-hearted and fun stories about nature, travelling, and spending a life-time working for plants and animals.

Examples of environmental initiative from The City of Calgary will be on display, as will Posters from students (grade 1-3) who participated in our Earth Hour Contest.

Admission is free but please register to attend by contacting [email protected] Read more about City of Calgary Earth Day Lunch & Learn


John Dutton Theatre, Downtown Library
616 MacLeod Trail SE
Calgary , AB

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 about Suffield National Wildlife Area — Conservation Makes Economic Sense

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?
Read more about Call for Queries: Biodiversity>

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 about Calgary Seedy Saturday


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


Strathcona Public Library
8331 104 Street
Edmonton , AB


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