Biodiversity and Wildlife

The Heart of the Crowsnest: Habitat Restoration at Fleming Ranch

Jul 5 2008 - 4:00pm

Nature Conservancy of Canada

What: Volunteers will join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) for a day of exploration and habitat restoration on one of NCC’s scenic properties, Fleming Ranch. Volunteers will be taken on a guided hike through wetlands and woodlands, and then contribute to site improvement by taking down barbed wire fences, installing Bluebird boxes and bat houses, and pulling weeds such as Spotted Knapweed along the Crowsnest River. Read More


Fleming Ranch near Coleman , AB

NCC’s Second Annual Toki Thistle Pull

Jul 5 2008 - 4:00pm

Nature Conservancy of Canada

What: Volunteers will join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) for a day of invasive plant removal at NCC’s Toki Nature Reserve property near Cochrane. Volunteers will pull weeds including Canada Thistle in order to protect the native plant diversity of this ecologically significant area. In addition to enhancing its habitat, volunteers will enjoy a guided tour of this scenic property.

When: Saturday July 5th 2008, 10:00 a.m. Read More


Toki Nature Reserve near Cochrane , AB

Boreal Market News

Volume 6; Issue 3: March 31, 2008

Published by CPAWS – Northern Alberta Chapter

  1. Staples Switches to Recycled, Sustainable Paper for Customer Copying, Printing
    The office supplies giant announced this week it will start using 50 percent post-consumer recycled content paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for black and white copy and print jobs.
  2. Launches ‘Do Not Mail’ Campaign to Stop Junk Mail
    The production of the 100 billion pieces of junk mail that Americans annually receive requires more than 100 million trees, while producing as much global warming emissions as 3.7 million cars. Moreover, this deforestation is occurring in forests that play vital roles in the fight against climate change: the Canadian Boreal and Indonesian Tropical Forest.
  3. Socially Responsible Investment Firm Calvert Commits to Boreal Protection
    One of the largest socially and environmentally responsible mutual fund companies in the U.S. announced today they will fully support the protection of Canada’s Boreal Forest by adopting the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework (the Framework) and joining the Boreal Leadership Council.

Boreal Market News is a publication of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Edmonton Chapter. Our intent is to provide information to decision makers on new developments in forest management, focusing on changing market forces. For more information or to be added or removed from the mailing list contact the Editor, Helene Walsh, at: [email protected]
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Cross Conservation Education Program: Connecting Your Child with Nature

Jun 4 2008 - 2:00am to 4:00am

Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area

Richard Louv’s book ‘Last Child in the Woods’ has helped open our eyes to the concept of Nature Deficit Disorder and its implications. Join Gareth Thomson, seasoned environmental educator, to find out how to help your children explore nature, using a complementary ‘tool kit.’ Please come prepared to spend time outdoors!

Date: Tuesday, June 3rd
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Cost: $10.00 Read More

Cross Conservation Education Program: Wildflower Walkabout

Jun 13 2008 - 1:00am to 3:00am

Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area

Wondering about wildflowers? Discover the abundance of flowers species that bloom at the Cross Conservation Area and throughout the Foothills. Join naturalist Donna Fleury on a short walkabout in search of native blossoms. Indoor slideshow if weather is poor.

Date: Thursday, June 12th
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Cost: $10.00 Read More


Cross Conservation Area , AB

Cross Conservation Education Program: Who Dung it?

Jun 11 2008 - 12:30am to 2:30am

Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area

Get the scoop on scat! Discover the stories a pile of poop tells you about animals and their biology. You’ll never say ick again as we explore the fascinating in’s and out’s of animal droppings! Use your detective nose on a walk to examine who ‘dung’ it. Indoor/outdoor program, please dress for the weather.

Date: Tuesday, June 10th
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $8/adult, $4/child Read More


Cross Conservation Area , AB

Conservation Education Program: Transferable Development Credits

May 1 2008 - 2:00am to 4:00am

Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area

Kim Good of the Miistakis Institute will introduce the Transferable Development Credits (TDC) concept with an in-depth look at four US programs. This planning tool helps protect landscapes valued for environmental, agricultural or historical conservation, while promoting development in areas with existing or potential infrastructure and services.*

Date: Wednesday, April 30th
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Cost: $10.00 Read More

Spring and Summer 2008 Conservation Education Programs

Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area

Adult Programs

Family Programs

Registration Information

Advance registration is required for all programs. For more information or to register, call Catriona Laird, 931-2042 or email.

Payment by Visa or Mastercard is preferred. Programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of payment.

All proceeds from these programs support conservation education for children at the Cross Conservation Area. Read More

What is your vision for Alberta?

by Martha Kostuch

Of course we want continued prosperity. Of course we want safe, affordable housing, good health care and accessible education. But the foundation of our well-being is really a healthy environment – clean air, clean water, healthy food, among other things. I can’t help but wonder how much attention our leaders are paying to the foundation these days.

The centerpiece of my vision for Alberta is a stable, resilient, healthy economy based on energies of the future, not energies of the past. This means ending our addiction to fossil fuels and using some of the revenues they generate to develop and implement alternative energy sources and to support energy conservation. We can do this, but not without strong leadership and a willingness to reflect on whether our current path is taking us where we want to go. Read More


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