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Survey: Albertans want more wilderness protected

19 Nov 2015

(Calgary, Alberta) — A first-ever survey of Albertans' outdoor activities and values toward recreation and wilderness shows that 76% of adult Albertans regularly participate in outdoor recreation, 86% of adult Albertans would prioritize non-motorized recreation in wilderness areas (vs. motorized recreation, such as ATVs, off-highway vehicles, dirt bikes and motorboats) and88% of Albertans want government to set aside more wilderness where human activity is minimal. Read more »

Posted November 19, 2015 by AEN

ELC Report—Conservation Directives: an unknown and untested tool

The Environmental Law Centre has published their report "Conservation Directives: Alberta's unknown and untested conservation tool":

When we think of protecting Alberta’s landscapes there are a variety of tools that are quite well understood and used: parks on public land, conservation easements on private land.  The Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) greatly added to the conservation tool box by providing a variety of legal mechanisms to plan and manage for conservation purposes.

Posted November 16, 2015 by russ

Wine & Wilderness (proceeds support Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition)

Nov 26 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Wine & Wilderness is your chance to sample some premium wine and craft beer samples, get your name in for a door prize ($50 CrossIron Mills gift certificate), receive a discount on your Christmas wine purchases, and...most importantly...toast the great outdoors and celebrate our love of trees, water, bugs, mountains and all those big animals we like to see from a distance! Read more »

Location

5 Vines Wine, Craft Beer & Spirits
215 12 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB

Posted November 16, 2015 by russ

Film Screening: Hadwin's Judgement

Nov 18 2015 - 7:00pm

The National Film Board of Canada
is proud to present the Edmonton premiere of

HADWIN’S JUDGEMENT

Written and directed by Sasha Snow
Inspired by the book The Golden Spruce written by John Vaillant
With Doug Chapman as Grant Hadwin

Wednesday, November 18

7:00 p.m.
Metro Cinema
Read more »

Location

Metro Cinema—Garneau Theatre
8712 109 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted November 12, 2015 by russ

Wild Lands Advocate Vol. 23, No. 5

The latest issue of the Wildlands Advocate is now available from the Alberta Wilderness Association website.

Features

  • Thinking About Rivers
  • Close Alberta’s Borders! (to aquatic invasive species)
  • Little Smoky – Duvernay Pilot: How Close is Promised Cumulative Effects  Management?
  • Two Fish, One Fish, No Fish: Alberta’s Fish Crisis
  • At the Top of Grassy Mountain
  • Species At Risk: Westslope Cutthroat Trout
  • Conservation Corner: The Leopard Frog and the Fungus
  • In Memoriam - Chris Havard
  • Read more »

Posted November 6, 2015 by AEN

2015 Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture

Nov 20 2015 - 6:00pm

With special guest lecturer Sid Marty:

“Banned in Alberta and other tales from the conservation trenches”

Sid will offer an arrest by arrest account of the Castle logging protest action in 2012.

If time permits, he will include a few entertaining excerpts from his published works.

Wilderness Defenders Awards will be presented to Sid Marty and Gordon Petersen. Both of these gentlemen are known as naturalists, each of them working and making a difference in different corners of Alberta to help others learn and know more about wild Alberta and our natural world.

A Great Gray Owl Award will be presented to Bob Blaxley – a knowledgeable, inspiring volunteer who share his passions through excellent leadership and storytelling. Read more »

Location

AWA Hillhurst Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted November 5, 2015 by AEN

AWA Edmonton Talk—Brazil: Wilds of the Pantanal

Feb 17 2016 - 7:00pm

Wilderness Around the World Speaker Series
Sponsored by the Wildbird General Store & Jackson Power

with Dr. Jim Butler

Cost: Donations accepted at the door
Time: Talk starts at 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30pm)

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Location

Jackson Power & Electric Ltd.
9744 60 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted November 2, 2015 by AEN

AWA Edmonton Talk—Mount St. Helens: The Power of Nature

Jan 13 2016 - 7:00pm

Wilderness Around the World Speaker Series
Sponsored by the Wildbird General Store & Jackson Power

with Dr. Evelyn Merrill

Cost: Donations accepted at the door
Time: Talk starts at 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30pm)

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Location

Jackson Power & Electric Ltd.
9744 60 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted November 2, 2015 by AEN

AWA Edmonton Talk—India: Mountains and Tigers …(Oh my!)

Dec 9 2015 - 7:00pm

Wilderness Around the World Speaker Series
Sponsored by the Wildbird General Store & Jackson Power

with David Hobson

Join David as he takes you on a trip to the high altitudes and Tibetan Buddhist region of Ladahk in northern India including the high salt lake of Pangong Tso on the Tibetan border, home of the wild Tibetan Ass. He will also take you on a trek along the Markha River in the Hemis High Altitude National Park where blue sheep or Bharal forage along the dry desert slopes, where Himalayan Marmots and Pikas whistle warnings and people live a life not much changed over the last thousand years. Finally a visit to Jim Corbett National Park and Tiger Reserve along the southern foothills of the Himalaya where herds of wild Asian Elephants still wander and tigers hunt Chital Deer. 

Cost: Donations accepted at the door
Time: Talk starts at 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30pm)

Read more »

Location

Jackson Power Electric Ltd.
9744 60 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted November 2, 2015 by AEN

Call for Papers: Wilderness, Wildlife and Human Interactions

Initiative: 
Wilderness, Wildlife and Human Interaction Conference (Call for Papers)
Deadline: 
4 Dec 2015 - 5:00pm

Cochrane, Alberta Canada
March 5 & 6, 2016

The Theme of the Conference is Wilderness Wildlife and Human Interaction. It is set intentionally broad so all aspects of wilderness and human interaction (preserving our indigenous wildlife, economic, cultural, research, conservation past and present, the management of landscape domestic and wild, achievable goals) can be included. This Conference’s intention is also to explore new perspectives aimed at generating a Plan B focused on examining and creating innovative methods of moving from current economic and environmental stalemate and conflict to sustainability and a healthy planet. Only our imaginations set the limits! Read more »

Posted October 29, 2015 by AEN

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