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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

Location

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 »

Location

AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted January 25, 2010 by Anonymous

AWA Tuesday Talk: A Bridge Not Far — Adventures on the Great Divide Trail

Feb 2 2010 - 7:00pm

Pre-registration is required Read more »

Location

AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted January 25, 2010 by Anonymous

EnCana Avoids Trial on Charges of Canada Wildlife Act Violation in Suffield National Wildlife Area

12 Jan 2010

Calgary – The Suffield Coalition is disappointed to have learned last week that the Crown has stayed the case against EnCana on charges of violating Canada’s Wildlife Act. EnCana was scheduled to be tried on March 19, 2010, almost five years after EnCana installed a section of pipeline in the CFB Suffield National Wildlife Area without a permit (in March 2005). Numerous adjournments and a preliminary hearing were held in Medicine Hat, but now there will be no trial. Read more »

Posted January 12, 2010 by Anonymous

AWA Tuesday Talk: Are Boreal Forests Silent or Just Singing a Different Tune?

Jan 19 2010 - 7:00pm

Land use practices may be having an impact on boreal bird communities.

Dr. Erin Bayne will present a photographic overview of the consequences of changing land-use practices in the boreal forest. The implications of these changes for boreal biodiversity will be discussed, with an emphasis on how bird communities are changing and why. Read more »

Location

Stanely A. Milner (Downtown) Library, Centennial Room
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB

Posted January 5, 2010 by russ

AWA Tuesday Talk: Protecting Nature, Sowing Seeds

Jan 12 2010 - 7:00pm

A virtual tour of Alberta's Hay-Zama Lakes Wildland Park and Inner Mongolia's Dalai Lake Nature Reserve. Read more »

Location

Helen Schuler Coulee Centre
Lethbridge, AB

Posted December 31, 2009 by Anonymous

Management Changes a Concern in Waterton Lakes National Park

15 Dec 2009

The ecological integrity of Waterton Lakes National Park looks set to suffer if a draft Management Plan for the Park is passed without changes. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is calling for changes to the draft Waterton National Park of Canada Management Plan to bring it back in line with the legally-required priority for National Parks: ecological integrity. Read more »

Posted December 16, 2009 by Anonymous

Woodland Caribou herds declining toward extinction in Alberta

Provincial recovery plan for caribou authorizes more logging, and oil and gas development in Alberta’s foothills caribou forests
25 Nov 2009

Rural and provincial conservation groups today distributed copies of a new provincial government recovery plan for Alberta’s endangered woodland caribou. The ‘Action Plan for West-Central Alberta Caribou Recovery’ authorizes ongoing logging and oil and gas development in the caribou home ranges north of Hinton and Grande Cache. The groups also displayed more than two dozen Alberta government and science reports, consultations and recovery plans for caribou released since the late 1970’s, showing industrial impacts on forests and wildlife as the root cause of caribou decline.

The groups highlighted the fact that the government did not act on the previous plans written since the 1970’s, while at the same time Alberta’s caribou population has declined by almost two-thirds, from a high of an estimated population of 7,000 - 9,000 in the 1960’s to an estimated 3,000 today. Last year, a Canada-wide scientific review found that Alberta’s herds of woodland caribou were the most in danger of extinction among all provinces. Logging and oil and gas allocations increased rapidly during the 1980’s and 1990’s and now blanket Alberta forests. Read more »

Posted November 26, 2009 by Anonymous

Ecological Integrity May be the Loser in New Banff Park Management Plan

24 Nov 2009

The primary mandate for Banff National Park - managing to maintain the park's ecological integrity - looks like receiving short shrift if a proposed new management plan goes ahead unchanged. Instead, a shift towards maximizing the "visitor experience" receives a much higher profile throughout the new draft plan.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is calling for changes to the draft Banff National Park of Canada Management Plan to bring it back in line with the legally-required priority for National Parks: ecological integrity. The draft plan is currently going through an ill-defined public review period. Read more »

Posted November 24, 2009 by Anonymous

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