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Media Release

EnCana Avoids Trial on Charges of Canada Wildlife Act Violation in Suffield National Wildlife Area

Calgary – The Suffield Coalition is disappointed to have learned last week that the Crown has stayed the case against EnCana on charges of violating Canada’s Wildlife Act. EnCana was scheduled to be tried on March 19, 2010, almost five years after EnCana installed a section of pipeline in the CFB Suffield National Wildlife Area without a permit (in March 2005). Numerous adjournments and a preliminary hearing were held in Medicine Hat, but now there will be no trial. Read more about EnCana Avoids Trial on Charges of Canada Wildlife Act Violation in Suffield National Wildlife Area

Event

AWA Tuesday Talk: Are Boreal Forests Silent or Just Singing a Different Tune?

Jan 20 2010 - 2:00am

Land use practices may be having an impact on boreal bird communities.

Dr. Erin Bayne will present a photographic overview of the consequences of changing land-use practices in the boreal forest. The implications of these changes for boreal biodiversity will be discussed, with an emphasis on how bird communities are changing and why. Read more about AWA Tuesday Talk: Are Boreal Forests Silent or Just Singing a Different Tune?

Location

Stanely A. Milner (Downtown) Library, Centennial Room
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton , AB
Media Release

Woodland Caribou herds declining toward extinction in Alberta

Provincial recovery plan for caribou authorizes more logging, and oil and gas development in Alberta’s foothills caribou forests

Rural and provincial conservation groups today distributed copies of a new provincial government recovery plan for Alberta’s endangered woodland caribou. The ‘Action Plan for West-Central Alberta Caribou Recovery’ authorizes ongoing logging and oil and gas development in the caribou home ranges north of Hinton and Grande Cache. The groups also displayed more than two dozen Alberta government and science reports, consultations and recovery plans for caribou released since the late 1970’s, showing industrial impacts on forests and wildlife as the root cause of caribou decline.

The groups highlighted the fact that the government did not act on the previous plans written since the 1970’s, while at the same time Alberta’s caribou population has declined by almost two-thirds, from a high of an estimated population of 7,000 - 9,000 in the 1960’s to an estimated 3,000 today. Last year, a Canada-wide scientific review found that Alberta’s herds of woodland caribou were the most in danger of extinction among all provinces. Logging and oil and gas allocations increased rapidly during the 1980’s and 1990’s and now blanket Alberta forests. Read more about Woodland Caribou herds declining toward extinction in Alberta

Media Release

ERCB Sour Gas Suspension. Who Speaks for Wildlife in Gas Applications?

The recent Energy Resource Conservation Board (ERCB) decision to suspend approval of future sour gas projects in Alberta raises important questions around who is, or should be, considered as "directly affected" by energy proposals. Read more about ERCB Sour Gas Suspension. Who Speaks for Wildlife in Gas Applications?

Event

AWA Tuesday Talk: A New Era for Wolves and People

Nov 25 2009 - 2:00am

With Marco Musiani, PhD.

Just published, “A New Era for Wolves and People” is a book that is not only about wolves and their management, but is also very much about humans and our attitudes towards them.  Edited by Marco and his colleagues Luigi Boitani and Paul Paquet, the book’s contributors include recognized scientists and other wolf experts who introduce new and sometimes controversial findings. Read more about AWA Tuesday Talk: A New Era for Wolves and People

Location

AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB
Media Release

Alberta government urged to stand fast on grizzly hunt suspension

Alberta environmentalists (including Alberta Wilderness Associatiion, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Sierra Club Canada and UTSB Research) are hoping that the Alberta government will resist concerted lobbying efforts to introduce a spring grizzly bear hunt. Rather the government should heed the advice of its own scientists, who have consistently emphasized that such a hunt would not be sustainable. Read more about Alberta government urged to stand fast on grizzly hunt suspension

Event

Species Requiem Day — Rally for Boreal Birds

Sep 1 2009 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

September 1 is the anniversary of the death of Martha, the last known Passenger Pigeon.

Join The Wilderness Committee as we mark this day and say "No More Extinction!" by focusing on the threats to birds in Boreal Forest that spans accross Canada's north.

For more information contact Kevin Stewart

Phone: (780)421 7335
Email: [email protected] Read more about Species Requiem Day — Rally for Boreal Birds

Location

In front of Canada Place
9700 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton , AB
Event

Alberta Caribou Committee Spring General Meeting

Jun 10 2009 - 2:30pm to 6:00pm

Draft Agenda

  • Welcome and Introduction (George Hamilton, Interim Program Manager, Alberta Caribou Committee)
  • Update on West Central Caribou Landscape Plan (Ron Bjorge, ASRD, Acting Government Co-Chair
  • Update on Athabasca Caribou Landscape Plan (Melanie Duhaime, Sierra Systems; Terry Antoniuk, Salmo Consulting; George Hamilton)
  • Research & Monitoring Program
    • Caribou Population Monitoring (Kirby Smith)
    • Caribou, Predators and Alternative Prey in Athabasca Landscape (Dave Latham)
    • Wolf Population Surveys (Nicole McCutchen)
  • Updates on ACC Organization (George Hamilton)
    • Strategic Assessment, review of ACC terms of reference
    • Funding
    • Research & Monitoring Subcommittee
    • New Caribou Landscape Assessments

For more information contact: Cliff Wallis, 403-271-1408 Read more about Alberta Caribou Committee Spring General Meeting

Location

Nexen Conference Center, Annex Theater
801 7 Avenue SW
Calgary , AB
Media Release

Environment Week Kicks off with Sage-grouse Court Battle

Government has no excuse for ignoring habitat of well-studied Prairie bird, groups say

To stop the disappearance of one of the Prairie's most iconic species, six conservation groups are in federal court today arguing a lawsuit against the federal Minister of Environment, Jim Prentice, for refusing to identify critical habitat for the endangered greater sage-grouse. Read more about Environment Week Kicks off with Sage-grouse Court Battle

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