Biodiversity and Wildlife

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Canada’s Boreal Woodland Caribou Still At Risk

CPAWS annual review finds limited progress nationally in 2015

EDMONTON – In its third annual review of government action to conserve Canada's boreal woodland caribou, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds there has been spotted progress – with too few jurisdictions showing significant leadership in protecting the species that long graced our 25-cent piece.  

Under the federal Species-at-Risk Act, all provinces and territories are required to have plans in place to recover their boreal caribou populations by 2017, based on the 2012 Final Recovery Strategy for Boreal Woodland Caribou.

“In Alberta, we give credit to the government for deferring the sale of oil and gas leases in caribou habitat over the last six months, however, we are deeply concerned that the situation for boreal caribou has not improved over the last year,” says Alison Ronson, Executive Director of CPAWS Northern Alberta. Read more about Canada’s Boreal Woodland Caribou Still At Risk

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Survey: Albertans want more wilderness protected

(Calgary, Alberta) — A first-ever survey of Albertans' outdoor activities and values toward recreation and wilderness shows that 76% of adult Albertans regularly participate in outdoor recreation, 86% of adult Albertans would prioritize non-motorized recreation in wilderness areas (vs. motorized recreation, such as ATVs, off-highway vehicles, dirt bikes and motorboats) and88% of Albertans want government to set aside more wilderness where human activity is minimal. Read more about Survey: Albertans want more wilderness protected


ELC Report—Conservation Directives: an unknown and untested tool

The Environmental Law Centre has published their report "Conservation Directives: Alberta's unknown and untested conservation tool":

When we think of protecting Alberta’s landscapes there are a variety of tools that are quite well understood and used: parks on public land, conservation easements on private land.  The Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) greatly added to the conservation tool box by providing a variety of legal mechanisms to plan and manage for conservation purposes.

Read more about ELC Report—Conservation Directives: an unknown and untested tool

Wine & Wilderness (proceeds support Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition)

Nov 27 2015 - 1:00am to 4:00am

Wine & Wilderness is your chance to sample some premium wine and craft beer samples, get your name in for a door prize ($50 CrossIron Mills gift certificate), receive a discount on your Christmas wine purchases, and...most importantly...toast the great outdoors and celebrate our love of trees, water, bugs, mountains and all those big animals we like to see from a distance! Read more about Wine & Wilderness (proceeds support Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition)


5 Vines Wine, Craft Beer & Spirits
215 12 Avenue SE
Calgary , AB

Film Screening: Hadwin's Judgement

Nov 19 2015 - 2:00am

The National Film Board of Canada
is proud to present the Edmonton premiere of


Written and directed by Sasha Snow
Inspired by the book The Golden Spruce written by John Vaillant
With Doug Chapman as Grant Hadwin

Wednesday, November 18

7:00 p.m.
Metro Cinema
Read more about Film Screening: Hadwin's Judgement


Metro Cinema—Garneau Theatre
8712 109 Street NW
Edmonton , AB

Wild Lands Advocate Vol. 23, No. 5

The latest issue of the Wildlands Advocate is now available from the Alberta Wilderness Association website.


  • Thinking About Rivers
  • Close Alberta’s Borders! (to aquatic invasive species)
  • Little Smoky – Duvernay Pilot: How Close is Promised Cumulative Effects  Management?
  • Two Fish, One Fish, No Fish: Alberta’s Fish Crisis
  • At the Top of Grassy Mountain
  • Species At Risk: Westslope Cutthroat Trout
  • Conservation Corner: The Leopard Frog and the Fungus
  • In Memoriam - Chris Havard
Read more about Wild Lands Advocate Vol. 23, No. 5>

2015 Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture

Nov 21 2015 - 1:00am

With special guest lecturer Sid Marty:

“Banned in Alberta and other tales from the conservation trenches”

Sid will offer an arrest by arrest account of the Castle logging protest action in 2012.

If time permits, he will include a few entertaining excerpts from his published works.

Wilderness Defenders Awards will be presented to Sid Marty and Gordon Petersen. Both of these gentlemen are known as naturalists, each of them working and making a difference in different corners of Alberta to help others learn and know more about wild Alberta and our natural world.

A Great Gray Owl Award will be presented to Bob Blaxley – a knowledgeable, inspiring volunteer who share his passions through excellent leadership and storytelling. Read more about 2015 Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture


AWA Hillhurst Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

AWA Edmonton Talk—Brazil: Wilds of the Pantanal

Feb 18 2016 - 2:00am

Wilderness Around the World Speaker Series
Sponsored by the Wildbird General Store & Jackson Power

with Dr. Jim Butler

Cost: Donations accepted at the door
Time: Talk starts at 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30pm)

Read more about AWA Edmonton Talk—Brazil: Wilds of the Pantanal


Jackson Power & Electric Ltd.
9744 60 Avenue NW
Edmonton , AB


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