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High Number of Grizzly Bear Removals Threatens Population Recovery

19 Jun 2012

The Alberta government’s new report on 2011 grizzly bear recovery  reveals a disturbing trend that is harmful to the province’s Threatened grizzlies. Large numbers of bears are being trapped and moved by provincial wildlife staff. In 2011, 24 bears were trapped and moved, 15 of those to locations outside their home territories. Thirteen grizzlies were trapped and relocated in 2010, and 16 were relocated in 2009. Bears are moved for a variety of reasons, but usually in response to perceived threats to human safety or damage to property. Read more »

Posted June 19, 2012 by AEN

Edmonton Solstice Swing: A Celebration of Wildlife and Wild Spaces in Alberta

Jun 22 2012 - 6:00pm

AWA invites all Edmonton members, prospective members, friends and supporters to join us at the Muttart Conservatory to mark the summer solstice. There will be entertainment, education, good friends, great food and more!

We look forward to seeing you at this great night out.

The Solstice Swing will feature entertainment from guitarist Jordan Kaminski, a buffet with a cash bar, and a limited silent auction. Read more »


Muttart Conservatory
Edmonton, AB

Posted June 19, 2012 by AEN

Sage-Grouse Reintroduction: More Habitat Protection Needed

3 May 2012

Reports in yesterday’s news media reveal details on a program to import sage-grouse from Montana to Alberta. While this reintroduction shows overdue recognition by the Alberta government of the dire situation of one of Canada’s most endangered species, and is likely necessary, Alberta Wilderness Association is concerned.

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Posted May 3, 2012 by AEN

Music for the Wild: The Wardens with guests Prairie's Edge

May 12 2012 - 7:00pm

The Wardens are three Parks Canada park wardens sharing their stories through song. Backcountry horse patrols, mountain rescues and wildlife conflict all provide inspiration for these singing wardens whose “tales of adventure and misadventure” in the rocky mountain national parks have been set to music and verse. The evening's songs are accompanied by visuals and stories that give the audience an unforgettable way to experience what life is actually like for a park warden. Read more »


AWA Hillhurst Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted April 26, 2012 by AEN

Slow Down Oil Sands to Save Wetlands, Scientist Says

19 Apr 2012

As development continues to destroy wetlands crucial to Alberta’s water security and climate regulation, a new research paper by a University of Alberta ecologist, Dr. Lee Foote, concludes that the government should negotiate mineable oil sands development limits. The paper cites doubtful reclamation success for the extensive peat wetlands central to that landscape. The Alberta Wilderness Association and Water Matters call on Alberta’s political party leaders to commit to meaningful wetland conservation measures including protection of boreal wetlands. Read more »

Posted April 19, 2012 by AEN

AWA Tuesday Talk— Water For Tomorrow: All-Party Candidates Forum on Water Issues

Mar 28 2012 - 7:00pm

“The reality is that fresh water is more valuable than crude oil.”
Peter Lougheed, Former Alberta Premier, 2005

In recent years, many Albertans have been engaged in a number of important water issues, and ensuring the security of our source water has become vitally important to each one of us. We believe there is both a need and high interest to discuss Alberta water resources policy and decision making. We hope you will attend this forum.

Candidates confirmed to represent their parties are the following: Read more »


AWA Hillhurst Room
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted March 19, 2012 by AEN

AWA Talk — Tracking the Golden Eagle

May 1 2012 - 7:00pm


With Peter Sherrington 

This spring will mark 20 years of golden eagle migration monitoring. Peter will give a fascinating talk about the trends and patterns that have emerged over that time. He will also give an update on some recent DNA work that has been done on golden eagles: how closely related are the eagles that migrate up and down the Rocky Mountains every year to the resident birds that stay put all year round? Read more »


Alberta Wilderness Association
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted March 13, 2012 by AEN

Film Screening & Talk: Staying Safe in Bear Country

Mar 31 2012 - 7:00pm

presents a special Film Screening: 

Staying Safe in Bear Country

With a guest appearance from Stephen Herrero 

As the summer hiking season approaches, and bears start to emerge from hibernation, how much do you know about staying safe during your recreational activities?  Read more »


Alberta Wilderness Association
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted March 13, 2012 by AEN

Alberta Government Kills 145 Bears at Oilsands Camps

No Charges Laid

22 Feb 2012

Last year, the Alberta government killed 145 garbage-habituated black bears at oilsands camps in Alberta. Poorly-managed oilsands camps are known to attract bears to garbage. But rather than enforcing regulations, or prosecuting the guilty companies, Alberta government staff simply move in and kill bears. Lots of bears. Read more »

Posted February 22, 2012 by AEN

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