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Cross Conservation Education Program: Wildlife Corridors - The Final Report

May 23 2008 - 2:00am to 4:00am

Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area

Dr. Michael Quinn of the Miistakis Institute and the U of C’s Faculty of Environmental Design, and researchers Chris Selvig and Jonathon Schmidt, will provide an overview of the 2007 wildlife corridor study final report. Ten wildlife monitoring cameras captured over 100,000 images and 13 mammal species. The final report includes maps showing potential wildlife habitat and connectivity surrounding the Cross Conservation Area. Read more about Cross Conservation Education Program: Wildlife Corridors - The Final Report

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Cross Conservation Education Program: Buzz about Bees!

Jun 21 2008 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area

There’s more to bees than their honey! Get the buzz about the decline of these important pollinators from Bill Turner, a member of the Calgary Beekeepers Association. View an observation hive up close and take the sting out of bee biology. Uncover their mysteries and discover what’s sweet about bees! Indoor/outdoor program, please dress for the weather. Read more about Cross Conservation Education Program: Buzz about Bees!

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Cross Conservation Area , AB
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Action Alert: Wolves targeted & sterilized to boost elk hunt

Defenders of Wildlife Canada

The province of Alberta and the University of Alberta have begun a research project that will kill all pups and subordinate animals and sterilize the surviving alpha pair in a number of wolf packs (see article below and research summary, attached).

This follows at least two years of the local fish and game association offering "bounties" for wolves killed in the same region to boost elk numbers (see attached news article).

We have not received responses from the University or the Province regarding wolf numbers, elk trends, causal analysis or other factors.

If you are so inclined, we are confident that the principals involved (see list at end of this message) are eager to hear from you. Read more about Action Alert: Wolves targeted & sterilized to boost elk hunt

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Federal lawsuit highlights failure to protect endangered bird habitat

Alberta Wilderness Association
Defending Wild Alberta through Awareness and Action

For immediate release: Feb. 14, 2008

Valentine’s message to Baird and Stelmach: “Sage grouse have nowhere to dance!”

CALGARY – Six conservation groups have launched a major lawsuit against the federal Minister of Environment, John Baird, for refusing to identify critical greater sage-grouse habitat. The once widespread grouse has been listed as “endangered” since 1998 and now survives in a remote area in the southeastern corner of Alberta and southwestern corner of Saskatchewan. Read more about Federal lawsuit highlights failure to protect endangered bird habitat

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Government Violates Guidelines and Allows Further Destruction of Endangered Caribou Habitat

Alberta Wilderness AssociationCanadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Northern Alberta

Press Release January 22, 2008

Interim strategies to protect caribou were agreed to in 2006 by all members of the West Central Caribou Landscape Team, including government and industry, to prevent further degradation of the caribou range in the Foothills of western Alberta. The best remaining parts of the caribou ranges (intact patches) were identified. One of the most important of the interim strategies is to minimize further fragmentation of intact patches. It has been recently learned that government continues to permit industrial use in these intact areas, including the Little Smoky Range, where a caribou herd is at immediate risk of elimination. Government refuses to give out information on where the use is occurring. Read more about Government Violates Guidelines and Allows Further Destruction of Endangered Caribou Habitat

Public Lecture: A Reason for Hope with Dr. Jane Goodall

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University of Alberta presents A Reason For HopeDr. Jane Goodall, DBE UN Messenger of Peace and Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute Public Lecture 7:00 PM 10 April 2008 Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium11455 87 AvenueDr. Jane Goodall DBE, began her landmark study of chimpanzees in Tanzania in June 1960. Her work at the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve became the foundation of future primatological research and redefined the relationship between humans and animals.

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Blame the Wolf: Killing Wildlife to Save Wildlife

Alberta Wilderness Association
Defending Wild Alberta through Awareness and Action

Release Date: December 12, 2007

Recent initiatives to protect 2.2 million hectares of land in British Columbia for mountain caribou contrast strikingly with Alberta’s miserable failure to do anything meaningful to protect its own caribou habitat.

“While the BC government protects habitat and commits to more environmentally sensitive forest management, in Alberta we kill wolves,” say Nigel Douglas, AWA conservation specialist. Read more about Blame the Wolf: Killing Wildlife to Save Wildlife

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EnCana Makes First Court Appearance after Being Charged with Violating Canada Wildlife Act

Southern Alberta Group for the EnvironmentFederation of Alberta NaturalistsNature CanadaAlberta Wilderness AssociationGrasslands Naturalists

Calgary (December 5, 2007) – EnCana will make their first court appearance at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 6 in Medicine Hat Provincial Court in response to the charge of violating the Canada Wildlife Act in the Suffield National Wildlife Area (NWA). It is expected that EnCana will request full disclosure of evidence against them and that another court date will be set for their next appearance. Read more about EnCana Makes First Court Appearance after Being Charged with Violating Canada Wildlife Act

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Beware of MLAs sleeping

Alberta Wilderness Association
Defending Wild Alberta through Awareness and Action

For Immediate release
November 1, 2007

Edmonton, Alberta. The Alberta Wilderness Association has appealed to Alberta’s elected officials to awaken to the plight of Grizzly Bears and other threatened species in Alberta.

As the Alberta Legislature prepares to open next week, the Association today delivered a Grizzly Bear package to every MLA.

The Association unveiled the first in a series of ads, this one featuring a lone bear clinging to a light post, symbolizing the desperate situation facing Grizzlies as they seek refuge where they can in Alberta. The Wilderness Association also introduced a web page savethegrizzly.ca which went live this morning and will be further developed in the coming weeks. Read more about Beware of MLAs sleeping

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