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Grizzly Bear Hunt Suspended for Another Year in Alberta

12 Mar 2010

The Alberta government’s recent decision to suspend the province’s grizzly bear hunt for 2010 is good news for the bears. With a current population estimate of 691 bears in Alberta, the species requires legal protection from harm, not deliberate killing, say Alberta’s conservation organizations.

“We applaud the Minister for continuing the government’s commitment to removing one avoidable cause of grizzly bear deaths,” says Nigel Douglas, Alberta Wilderness Association conservation specialist. “It is important that that the new minister for Sustainable Resource Development has reaffirmed the commitments of his predecessor.” Read more »

Posted March 12, 2010 by Anonymous

Bighorn Wildland Protection Calls Bolstered by New Grizzly Report

5 Mar 2010

Calls to protect one of Alberta’s last great unprotected watersheds received a recent boost with the publishing of the province’s new report, Status of the Grizzly Bear in Alberta. The 4,000 square kilometre Bighorn area, which sits east of Jasper and Banff National Parks, has suffered from motorized abuse, and it is now clear that grizzly bears are one more victim of that abuse. Read more »

Posted March 8, 2010 by Anonymous

AWA Tuesday Talk: Mother Nature's Cleanup Crew— How Are They Doing in Alberta?

Apr 6 2010 - 7:00pm

Part of Mother Nature’s clean-up crew, turkey vultures have attracted relatively little scientific study.  In 2003 Wayne Nelson and several Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division colleagues  followed up on public reports of vultures on old buildings in eastern and northeastern Alberta and a significant study has arisen.  In 2006 Wayne retired as a wildlife biologist and, along with Rick Morse, carried the vulture project into his retirement and expanded it.  Read more »


Strathcona Public Library
8331 104 Street
Edmonton, AB

Posted March 3, 2010 by Anonymous

AWA Tuesday Talk: Pussy Willows and Flashes of Blue: Spring Has Arrived!

Mar 23 2010 - 7:00pm

Bluebird lovers who build and maintain nesting boxes are contributing enormously to the conservation of this beautiful bird species. Coupled with a very active program to band these birds, we are becoming increasingly informed about their nesting habits and distribution througout southern Alberta.  Marijke Jalink-Wijbrans and Don Stiles will team up to describe the joys, heartbreaks and science of bluebird conservation. Read more »


AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted March 3, 2010 by Anonymous

Music for the Wild

Mar 13 2010 - 7:00pm

Join AWA for a great evening of bluegrass music with Wildrose Xpress and Celtic, country and blues music with Norbert Hirth

  • Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
  • Music at 7:30 p.m.

Cost is $15 - tickets are not mailed, your name will be included on a roster at the door.

Space is limited — reservations online or by phone @ (403) 283-2025 or 1-866-313-0713 (Toll-free) Read more »


AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted March 3, 2010 by Anonymous

Calgary Tower Mural Competition

Mar 20 2010 (All day)

Paint the Calgary Tower!

Join us for the annual Calgary Tower Mural Competition!

  • Bring your creative talents to celebrate Alberta wilderness.
  • Create a lasting mural in the stairwells of the Calgary Tower.

Deadline for entry is Friday  March  05, 2010


Margaret Main
AWA Mural Competition Coordinator
Phone: (403) 283 2025
awa [at] shaw [dot] ca 

For Guidelines and registration, check: 


Calgary Tower
Calgary, AB

Posted March 3, 2010 by Anonymous

Athabasca River at Risk

9 Feb 2010

Despite good progress by a multi-stakeholder group in understanding issues around Athabasca River water withdrawals, Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is concerned there will still not be protective water rules for low winter flows. AWA believes oilsands mine river withdrawals must cease during low winter flows. Read more »

Posted February 9, 2010 by Anonymous

Groups Seek Emergency Order to Stop Caribou Extirpation in Alberta Oilsands and Foothills

8 Feb 2010

Alberta conservation groups are seeking an emergency order from Jim Prentice, Federal Environment Minister to enforce habitat protection for the endangered Foothills and Oil Sands woodland caribou herds. “Minister Prentice has recently acknowledged that there is a need for industry and the Alberta government to work with Ottawa to improve Canada’s environmental reputation. Alberta’s caribou desperately need Federal help, and this is Prentice’s chance to take meaningful action,” says Rocky Notnes with the Athabasca Bioregional Society. Read more »

Posted February 8, 2010 by Anonymous

AWA Tuesday Talk: Do You Brake for Rattlesnakes?

Mar 9 2010 - 7:00pm

Particularly susceptible to being killed by traffic on roads, the prairie rattlesnake (Crotalus v. viridis) is designated as a species that "may be at risk" by Alberta Sustainable Development.  The Alberta Endangered Species Conservation Committee has legally designated this animal as "data deficient".  Adam Martinson will present the results of his research investigating their spatial behaviour and patterns of road mortality risk.  It is hoped that the results of his and others' research can be used to lessen the impacts roads are having on Southern Alberta


AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted January 25, 2010 by Anonymous

AWA Tuesday Talk: From the Prairies to the Mountains — A Journey in Mushrooms

Feb 9 2010 - 7:00pm

Pre-registration is required Read more »


AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted January 25, 2010 by Anonymous

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