Wildlife Protection

Say YES! to Bighorn Country

Deadline: 
31 Jan 2019

Nestled between Banff and Jasper National Park, the Bighorn is a spectacular piece of wilderness. It’s where grizzly bears roam and harlequin ducks float down pristine streams that provide 90 percent of the water supply for the North Saskatchewan River.

The efforts of many have kept the Bighorn a treasure; for more than 50 years, AWA has been part of the effort to conserve the Bighorn with everything from garbage cleanup, hiking and equestrian trail maintenance, to monitoring and research.

Show your support for Bighorn Country

Deadline: 
31 Jan 2019

From CPAWS Northern Alberta:

On Nov 23, the Government of Alberta announced its intention to create a series of protected areas collectively called Bighorn Country. The public consultation period is now open until January 31.

AWA Welcomes Bighorn Country

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The Bighorn Trail in the Blackstone-Wapiabi. Photo © AWA Files
The Bighorn Trail in the Blackstone-Wapiabi. Photo © AWA Files

Today’s announcement proposing Bighorn Country offers a significant opportunity for careful, well reasoned management for this world class wilderness area.

Alberta Conservationists Applaud Bighorn Wildland Park Designation

EDMONTON – Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Northern and Southern Alberta chapters along with Paddle Alberta celebrate the announcement that the Government of Alberta intends to create a new park system that includes a large wildland provincial park.

Alberta Caribou Habitat Solutions Urgent on Eve of Federal Deadline

On the eve of a deadline for a federal update on woodland caribou habitat protection, and a major caribou scientific conference, Alberta is still without plans to reach minimum habitat requirements for its threatened woodland caribou populations. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) strongly urges the Alberta government to adopt the solutions that have been identified to both recover caribou and provide community economic benefits.

World Animal Day

Oct 24 2018 - 6:15pm

Calling all animal lovers! Come celebrate WORLD ANIMAL DAY 2018

On October 24, AWA will be hosting a celebration for World Animal Day! Join us for a wonderful evening of enthralling and remarkable narratives with stunning photographs by Peter Dettling and Kerri Martin to honor the creatures with whom we share the planet.

Pages Books on Kensington will be present; also, information, displays, and surprises will add to the excitement and emotion of the evening.

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Report: The Economic Impact of Restoring Woodland Caribou Habitat in the Bistcho and Yates Ranges in Northwestern Alberta

From the Alberta Wilderness Association website:

The following report by eminent natural resource economist Dr. Thomas Michael Power found that managing lands for woodland caribou recovery can grow the economy in the Bistcho-Yates caribou range lands of northwest Alberta. The October 2018 report was commissioned by Alberta Wilderness Association, David Suzuki Foundation and Harmony Foundation to evaluate a caribou restoration economy.

Download the full report here:

Caribou recovery can grow economy in northwest Alberta’s Bistcho-Yates ranges

Managing lands for woodland caribou recovery can grow the economy in the Bistcho-Yates caribou range lands of northwest Alberta, eminent natural resource economist Dr. Thomas Michael Power found in an October 2018 report evaluating a caribou restoration economy. The report was commissioned by Alberta Wilderness Association, David Suzuki Foundation and Harmony Foundation.

2018 Martha Kostuch Wilderness and Wildlife Trust Fund Lecture

Nov 23 2018 - 6:00pm

Being responsible and realistic
A vision for Alberta East Slope Trout streams

with Dr. Michael G. Sullivan

AWA’s Wilderness and Wildlife Trust Lecture and Awards

AWA’s Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture is an opportunity to present the ideas of researchers in a field related to conservation of wilderness that will inspire and challenge AWA to seek new directions and ways to increase its effectiveness. AWA is proud to present these lectures in pursuit of its mission “Defending Wild Alberta through Awareness and Action.”  Martha Kostuch was an expert in consensus-based decision making her work helped join groups that traditionally might not have worked together. She sought ways to make the system work so we could move forward. AWA has honoured her legacy and her memory by naming our annual lecture the Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture.

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Wild Spaces 2020

From our mountains, to boreal forests and grasslands, Alberta has an amazing number of wild spaces that we cherish and take pride in. Unfortunately, many of these areas are not protected and are at risk of being lost.

In 2010, Canada committed to conserving at least “17% of terrestrial areas and inland waters” by 2020 through networks of protected areas and other conservation measures. This is known as Aichi Target 11 under the United Nations Convention for Biological Diversity. Progress in achieving this target has been glacial: from 2010 to 2016, Canada only added 1% to its protected areas network.

Why are protected places important?
Protected places create safe havens for forests, grasslands, wetlands and oceans to recover without disruption from poorly considered industrial, agricultural and residential development.

Protected areas also provide habitat for wildlife species like grizzlies, wolves, caribou and trout.Currently, 50% of Canada’s wildlife species are in decline.

Wild Spaces 2020 is AWA’s campaign to celebrate Alberta’s amazing wild spaces and a call to protect them for future generations to enjoy. Our campaign works in partnership with other organizations to ensure that Canada is not only held to this promise, but aims to exceed it by the 2020 deadline.

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