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Canadians Willing To Make Sacrifices to Recover Caribou in our National Parks: New Parks Canada Report

3 Jul 2012

Canadians support renewed efforts to recover Threatened caribou in our Mountain National Parks – and we are willing to make sacrifices to allow that recovery to take place. This is one of the significant findings from a newly released Parks Canada report, Conservation Strategy for Southern Mountain Caribou: What we Heard.

In November 2011, a draft Conservation Strategy was released, and the Canadian public were asked to provide comments. Around 150 individuals and organizations obliged, and their responses are summarized in the new What We Heard document. Read more »

Posted July 3, 2012 by AEN

Canada's Declining Bird Populations Warrant Urgent Conservation Action

2 Jul 2012

Almost half of all (44%) of all bird species found in Canada have experienced population declines since 1970 according to a recently released report on the state of Canada’s birds. Of particular concern, populations of grasslands birds have declined by 45% on average since 1970. Read more »

Posted July 3, 2012 by AEN

Endangered Sage-grouse Hang on by a Thread in Alberta, Huge Declines in Saskatchewan

22 Jun 2012

Every spring anxious eyes turn towards the sage-grouse mating grounds (known as “leks”) of southern Alberta to see whether or not Canada’s sage-grouse made it through the winter. This year’s spring population counts observed only 13 males at Alberta leks, showing no improvement since last year. In Saskatchewan, the only other Canadian province in which sage-grouse persist, huge population declines were observed. Only 18 males were counted at Saskatchewan leks, a dramatic decrease from the 42 males last recorded. Read more »

Posted June 26, 2012 by AEN

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

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