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Declining Grasslands and Species at Risk

On the Environmental Law Centre blog, Laura Bowman posts on the decline on native grasslands in Canada, and the threats posed to the species at risk in Alberta that rely on grassland habitats. Bowman identifies deficiencies in the recently posted Recovery Strategy for the Sprague’s Pipit (Anthus spragueii) in Canada:

Although most of the grasslands on which this bird depends are outside federal lands, only federal lands are identified as critical habitat in the recovery strategy.

Bowman concludes that:

Alberta urgently needs to make a clear commitment to protection of remaining native grasslands to prevent extirpation of grassland species.  Instead, the Alberta Government continues to dispose of native grasslands for other uses.
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Call for Input

Recovery Strategy for the Ord’s Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ordii) in Canada

Initiative: 
Recovery Strategy for the Ord’s Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ordii) in Canada
Deadline: 
8 May 2011

 

The Minister of the Environment is the competent minister for the recovery of the Ord’s Kangaroo Rat and has prepared this strategy, as per section 37 of SARA. It has been prepared in cooperation or consultation with the Alberta Government, Saskatchewan Government, Department of National Defence, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

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Call for Input

Recovery Strategy for the Sprague’s Pipit (Anthus spragueii) in Canada

Initiative: 
Recovery Strategy for the Sprague’s Pipit (Anthus spragueii) in Canada
Deadline: 
8 May 2011

The Recovery Strategy for the Sprague’s Pipit (Anthus spragueii) in Canada (Environment Canada 2008) was posted on the Species at Risk Public Registry in May 2008. Under Section 45 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA), the Minister of the Environment may amend a recovery strategy at any time. This amendment to the Recovery Strategy for the Sprague’s Pipit (Anthus spragueii) in Canada is for the purpose of: Read more about Recovery Strategy for the Sprague’s Pipit (Anthus spragueii) in Canada

Media Release

Door Remains Open for Hunting of Alberta’s Threatened Grizzlies

Temporary Hunt Restriction Needs to be Extended

The future for Alberta’s grizzly bears, designated as threatened in 2010, remains uncertain while the threat of a continued spring hunt hangs over them. Alberta’s grizzly hunt was halted for three years in 2006, and since then has been suspended on a year-by-year basis. Every spring Albertans await with bated breath to find out whether the provincial government will OK the hunt once again; no decision has yet been announced for 2011.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is calling for the hunt suspension to be extended: a five-year moratorium at the very minimum. Read more about Door Remains Open for Hunting of Alberta’s Threatened Grizzlies

Event

20th Annual Climb & Run for Wilderness

Apr 16 2011 - 6:00am

Climb and Run for Wilderness is Alberta Wilderness Association's annual Earth Day event at the Calgary Tower. This event provides you the unique opportunity to climb the 802 stairs inside the Calgary Tower. The day is filled with entertainment, including an outstanding Wild Alberta Expo where you can learn more about Alberta's wilderness, wildlife and wild waters. You will have a terrific time and be eligible for outstanding prizes. Read more about 20th Annual Climb & Run for Wilderness

Location

Calgary Tower
Calgary , AB
Media Release

Despite “Threatened” Listing, Alberta Grizzly Deaths Remain Too High

Even though grizzly bears were listed as "threatened" last June, grizzly bear mortality in Alberta reached unsustainable levels in 2010. An estimated 29 grizzlies died in Alberta, approximately 4.2 percent of the population. This level of mortality is much higher than the 2.8 percent mortality rate suggested as “sustainable” in the Alberta government’s own 2010 report, Status of the Alberta Grizzly Bear in Alberta. Read more about Despite “Threatened” Listing, Alberta Grizzly Deaths Remain Too High

Event

12th Annual Run/Walk Wild for Wildlife

Apr 3 2011 - 5:00pm

Early bird registration rate available until March 14

The annual Run/Walk Wild for Wildlife is WRS' biggest fundraiser. In 2010, $26,000 was raised to support the society and in 2011 we hope to raise even more for Edmonton's only wildlife shelter.

This great event will be held on Sunday, April 3rd 2011 at Hawrelak Park. The race will start at 11am.

If you would like to participate in our annual fundraiser, please go to the Running Room website here to register for the event. Thank you! Read more about 12th Annual Run/Walk Wild for Wildlife

Media Release

Alberta Ignores Caribou Scientists Again: Caribou Betrayed by Government Inaction

Alberta’s long history of failed recovery of woodland caribou took another downwards lurch this week, when the Alberta government admitted that it would be ignoring the advice of its own scientists to downgrade this charismatic species from threatened to endangered. Despite clear evidence that caribou numbers continue to decline, twenty-four years of inaction look set to continue. Read more about Alberta Ignores Caribou Scientists Again: Caribou Betrayed by Government Inaction

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