“Alberta Energy promotes caribou habitat disturbance by selling leases that drive new well sites, ignoring technology options to reduce existing footprint,” says Carolyn Campbell, AWA conservation specialist. “In the Little Smoky range with over 95% disturbance, the government wages war on wolves and moose while encouraging more industry footprint that drives caribou population declines.” Read more »
It's a tough time to be a bat! Come learn about two conservation issues that are posing serious challenges for bat populations: White-nose syndrome and wind turbines. We will be joined by Dr. Robert Barclay who will discuss the consequences of these two factors on Alberta species and ecosystems.
Come learn about the Southwest Alberta Grizzly Bear Monitoring Project, a three year pilot project designed to non-invasively monitor grizzly bears both locally and at ecosystem scales. We will be joined by Andrea Morehouse who will speak about how the project takes advantage of a natural bear behavior—rubbing.
In violation of Alberta’s 2011 woodland caribou policy that places an immediate priority on maintaining caribou habitat, Alberta Energy plans auctions of new oil and gas leases within the Little Smoky caribou range on February 7, March 7 and April 25, 2013. This herd’s habitat is already 95% disturbed, according to Environment Canada. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has issued an open letter to Alberta’s Energy Minister urging him to defer these lease sales as a step towards responsible habitat management for this herd at imminent risk of local extinction. Read more »
with Cliff Wallis, Sean Nichols, and Wonnita Andrus
Join us for the first talk of the New Year as we discuss the critically endangered Greater Sage-grouse in Alberta and what efforts we have underway to protect this unique and incredible prairie bird. We will be joined by Cliff Wallis who will speak about his experiences with this prairie icon.
The 10th Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference is a forum to discuss the latest issues, information, research and trends in prairie landscape and species conservation. The conference is held every three years in a Canadian Prairie Province. Read more »
The seven-group Suffield Coalition today applauded the government’s decision to deny approval of Cenovus' (previously EnCana) proposal to drill 1,275 natural gas wells and construct associated infrastructure in the Suffield National Wildlife Area (NWA). Suffield NWA was established in 2003 to protect endangered native prairie and the many species of animals and plants at risk in the area, including at least 15 federally listed species threatened with extinction. Read more »
For four years, we've been keeping you up-to-date on Suffield National Wildlife Area and this very question: What will it be, wild prairie grasslands or 1,275 new Cenovus gas wells and 220 kilometres of new pipelines? Well, we still don't know and we hope that with help from you, letters to federal Minister of the Environment Peter Kent will help remind him just how important this area is to native biodiversity and the protection of this significant region in Alberta. Read more »
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