Biodiversity and Wildlife

Lichens as Biomonitors for Urban Air Quality & Climate

Aug 20 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Find out what using lichens as biomonitors for the climate and air pollution is all about. 

Lichens, a symbiotic partnership between algae and fungi, are excellent (and inexpensive!) biomonitors for telling us about climate change and pollution - and Edmonton is ripe to start using them. 

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“Optimizing” Parks… What Happened to the List?

On February 29, 2020 the Government of Alberta published a list of 164 parks and provincial recreation areas it intends to remove from Alberta’s parks system. That list has vanished from the government’s website. Read more about “Optimizing” Parks… What Happened to the List?

Internal government documents reveal concerning new details about the plan for Alberta’s parks: land sales, no comprehensive analysis of costs, and exclusion of the public from the decision

EDMONTON, AB – Documents recently obtained by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Alberta Chapters through a Freedom of Information and Privacy (FOIP) request have offered a closer look at the decision making process behind the recent cuts to Alberta’s parks system. The documents, which include internal communications, briefings to the Minister and a briefing to cabinet, outline the development of the government’s ‘Optimizing Alberta Parks’ plan announced in spring 2020.  Read more about Internal government documents reveal concerning new details about the plan for Alberta’s parks: land sales, no comprehensive analysis of costs, and exclusion of the public from the decision

All Hands On Deck: Citizen Science with Watch for Wildlife

Jul 16 2020 - 4:00pm

From the Sierra Club Canada Foundation website:

Join us as Watch For Wildlife's Allison Dean takes us through their new citizen science project on iNaturalist. You'll learn all about Watch for Wildlife's citizen science initiative and how to get involved and make a difference in wildlife collision data collection in your area.

All SCCF webinars are free to attend and will be uploaded to our website for later viewing. Read more about All Hands On Deck: Citizen Science with Watch for Wildlife

Alberta Energy Regulator Rules that Coal and Wildlife Don’t Mix

On July 9th, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) denied Horn Ridge Resources Ltd.’s application to explore for coal in the Kakwa wilderness, west of Grande Cache.

AWA commends the AER for refusing this application as it poses a significant risk to valued wildlife populations and the ecological integrity of sensitive alpine and sub-alpine landscapes. Read more about Alberta Energy Regulator Rules that Coal and Wildlife Don’t Mix

CreekFest Webinar: Water Rangers

Jul 23 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

From the CPAWS Southern Alberta website:

Are you a parent looking to continue environmental education at home? Or are you a student passionate about learning more about our planet earth? CPAWS-SAB wants to bring interactive learning into your homes! Read more about CreekFest Webinar: Water Rangers

CreekFest Webinar: Wild Wellness

Jul 21 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

From the CPAWS Southern Alberta website:

Are you a parent looking to continue environmental education at home? Or are you a student passionate about learning more about our planet earth? CPAWS-SAB wants to bring interactive learning into your homes! Read more about CreekFest Webinar: Wild Wellness

New Bill 22 proposes changes to series of environmental tools in the name of “red tape reduction”

Edmonton – A new bill was proposed by the provincial government on June 11, 2020, which takes aim at removing “red tape” to reduce costs, speed up approvals, and eliminate regulations the government deems unnecessary. The new Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020, was proposed by the provincial government on June 11, 2020. The omnibus bill includes 14 changes across six ministries that would affect land use activities within our protected parks, oil sands project approvals, and energy efficiency–among other concerning environmental issues. Read more about New Bill 22 proposes changes to series of environmental tools in the name of “red tape reduction”

Groups across Alberta and the Northwest Territories warn the federal government of impacts of monitoring suspensions on Wood Buffalo National Park

Edmonton – The following letter was submitted on behalf of a joint group including: Fort Chipewyan Métis Association, Northwest Territory Métis Nation, Smith’s Landing First Nation, the Hamlet of Fort Resolution, Keepers of the Athabasca Watershed Society Organization, Alberta Wilderness Association, CPAWS Northern Alberta, CPAWS Northwest Territories, Ecology North, Alternatives North, and Council of Canadians – Edmonton and Northwest Territories Chapters. The letter to the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change outlines the substantial risks to downstream communities and ecosystems due to the Alberta Energy Regulator’s decision to suspend environmental monitoring for oil & gas projects. The health of Wood Buffalo National Park and the success of its federal Action Plan is undermined by these suspensions. Wood Buffalo National Park is Canada’s largest national park, and continued ecological degradation would be grounds to list as a World Heritage Site “in Danger”. 

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