Biodiversity and Wildlife

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.

Wildflower Seed Planting Workshop

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Sponsored by the Edmonton Naturalization Group and Bedrock Seedbank Everyone is invited to this year's Wildflower Seed Planting Workshop. It will be held on Sunday February 10th, from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm at Riverdale Hall, 9231 100 Avenue. This is a chance to try your hand at growing perennial wildflowers and grasses from seed. It's easier than you think!

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Reminder: Grant Eligible Conservation Fund - Deadline January 31

Alberta Conservation Association

Grant Eligible Conservation Fund

Notification of Funding Opportunity

The Alberta Conservation Association is proud to enter into its 11th year of Conservation Funding. Up to $1.2 million dollars will be available for project funding during the 2008/2009 funding cycle.

This amount is larger than last year and "recruitment and retention of hunters, anglers and trappers" has been added to fisheries, wildlife and land management as a fourth priority area.

Applications Accepted between: January 1 - January 31, 2008

Visit www.ab-conservation.com/grants for funding guidelines and application forms.

Seeing the light: Sustainable lighting as a tool for development and ecological conservation

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Sierra Club of Canada - Chinook Group Monthly MeetingFor more information or to RSVP: http://www.sierraclubchinook.orgDescription: Sierra Club member Grady Semmens spent 3 weeks in May 2007 visiting rural communities in central Africa with the University of Calgary-based Light Up The World Foundation.

Cross Conservation Area Winter 2008 Programs: Backyard Winter Wonders

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Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area Backyard Winter Wonders Discover the wonders of winter as we investigate plants, tracks, snow crystals and more. Take home skills and knowledge to become a winter detective in your own backyard. You may be surprised by what you find! Dress to be outdoors for part of the program. Date: Saturday, February 2nd Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m. Cost: $8/ adult, $4/ child

Public Lands Deal Behind Closed Doors — Native Prairie Threatened by Developer's Plough

Alberta Wilderness Association

Release Date: November 8, 2007

A large area of public land west of Medicine Hat comprising rare native prairie may feel the slice of the plough within a few months if a proposed land swap goes ahead behind closed doors. Alberta Wilderness Association believes that any decisions affecting public land trades or sales must include the opportunity for public participation.

Batman Returns!

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Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation AreaThe real Batman, Robert Barclay of the University of Calgary, returns! Bats are often misrepresented as scary Halloween creatures, but Dr. Barclay will shine a new light on these mysterious mammals with natural history, games, amazing pictures and sounds. If we’re lucky, he may even bring a live bat friend!

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