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Conserving Alberta’s Biodiversity in the Face of Climate Change

Feb 21 2014 - 7:00pm

with Dr. Rick Schneider

Because of global warming we must re-imagine what the goal of maintaining biodiversity means and how it can be achieved in a world of constant change.  In this presentation Dr. Schneider will summarize recent climate projections for Alberta and describe how ecosystems and species are expected to respond.  He will also provide an overview of new climate-ready conservation objectives and management options for adapting to change. 

Cost: $5.00

Location

Stanley A. Milner Public Library
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB

Posted January 13, 2014 by AEN

AWA calls on the Alberta Government to take a stronger conservation stance for the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan

9 Jan 2014

With the comment period soon ending on January 15, 2014, Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has sent official recommendations to the Alberta government in response to the Draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP). After extensively reviewing the draft, AWA has serious concerns with the draft and wants significant changes in the final SSRP. Although there are positive strategic directions in the draft indicating a need for a cumulative effects management approach, land use tradeoffs and sufficient headwater and biodiversity protection are largely absent. Read more »

Posted January 9, 2014 by AEN

Emergency Order Essential First Step in Sage-grouse Recovery

6 Jan 2014

Sage-grouse recovery must remain focused on getting habitat right so the birds can recover. Postponing the Emergency Order for the Protection of the Greater Sage-grouse as requested by the City of Medicine Hat and LGX Oil and Gas Inc. would delay recovery and be counterproductive. Read more »

Posted January 7, 2014 by AEN

New Roads, Cutblocks and Wells Undermine Little Smoky Caribou Critical Habitat

5 Dec 2013

Significant new disturbance within caribou ranges in west central Alberta is destroying federally protected critical habitat and undermines chances for naturally sustaining caribou populations committed to by Alberta and federal governments. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) echoes residents’ concerns about these disturbances even as it looks for solutions within Alberta’s Little Smoky - A La Peche caribou range planning process. Read more »

Posted December 13, 2013 by AEN

AWA Tuesday Talk: Come Hell & High Water

Nov 26 2013 - 7:00pm

Managing Hydro-Climate Change in a Rapidly Changing West

with Robert Sandford

Warming temperatures are accelerating the rate and manner in which water moves through the global hydrological cycle. In this presentation an internationally respected expert on water-related climate policy explains what recent flooding in Alberta tells us about what we have to do differently to enhance human resilience to accelerating hydro-climatic change in the Canadian West Read more »

Location

Hillhurst Room
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted October 2, 2013 by AEN

AWA Tuesday Talk: Get the Buzz

Nov 5 2013 - 7:00pm

What’s happening with Alberta's bees and how is grazing influencing our native pollinators?

with Megan Evans

Learn about basic bee ecology and the results of a Master's project studying the effects of grazing on floral resources and bees in southwestern Alberta.

$5 Adults, $1 Children

Location

Hillhurst Room
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted October 2, 2013 by AEN

AWA Tuesday Talk: Living with a Cutthroat

Oct 8 2013 - 7:00pm

with Amanda Halawell
The Westslope Cutthroat Trout has been listed as “threatened” by the provincial and federal government. Learn about their ecology and threats to Cutthroat Trout habitat. Join in a discussion of habitat restoration strategies and possible recovery of a dwindling species.

$5 Adults, $1 Children

Location

Hillhurst Room
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted October 2, 2013 by AEN

2013 Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture

Oct 25 2013 - 6:00pm

With special guest speaker:

Lorraine Mitchelmore
President and Country Chair, Shell Canada Ltd.

Over much of the past century Alberta's natural environment has been caught in the grip of ever increasing resource extraction. Riches from Alberta's lands have economically benefited many here at home, nationally and internationally. But now there is growing recognition from within the province and from outside that Alberta cannot maintain its water and air quality, its arable soil base and its indigenous wildlife without major changes towards ecological sustainability. Alberta has literally raced into its present environmental predicament; now, in determining our future, how can AWA best bridge gaps and maintain forward momentum towards a goal of ecological sustainability? How will we best work with a variety of partners to secure a legacy of abundant native wildlife and natural wild spaces, of clean water and air, and the soil base we depend upon for food supply, all of these being integral parts of ecological stability? Read more »

Location

Alberta Wilderness Association
455 12 Street NW
Calgary

Posted October 2, 2013 by AEN

Federal Government Considers Extra Protection for Grizzlies

Conservation Groups Point out Benefits of Proposed Protection
26 Sep 2013

The federal government is considering an extra layer of legal protection for the country’s grizzly bears, a move supported by three Alberta-based conservation groups, including AWA.

In 2012, Canada’s Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife (COSEWIC) recommended, for the second time in a decade, that Canada’s grizzly population be designated as “Species of Special Concern” under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). Canadians have the opportunity to comment on this proposal until October 4th, 2013. Read more »

Posted September 26, 2013 by AEN

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