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Despite “Threatened” Listing, Alberta Grizzly Deaths Remain Too High

14 Mar 2011

Even though grizzly bears were listed as "threatened" last June, grizzly bear mortality in Alberta reached unsustainable levels in 2010. An estimated 29 grizzlies died in Alberta, approximately 4.2 percent of the population. This level of mortality is much higher than the 2.8 percent mortality rate suggested as “sustainable” in the Alberta government’s own 2010 report, Status of the Alberta Grizzly Bear in Alberta. Read more »

Posted March 14, 2011 by russ

12th Annual Run/Walk Wild for Wildlife

Apr 3 2011 - 11:00am

Early bird registration rate available until March 14

The annual Run/Walk Wild for Wildlife is WRS' biggest fundraiser. In 2010, $26,000 was raised to support the society and in 2011 we hope to raise even more for Edmonton's only wildlife shelter.

This great event will be held on Sunday, April 3rd 2011 at Hawrelak Park. The race will start at 11am.

If you would like to participate in our annual fundraiser, please go to the Running Room website here to register for the event. Thank you! Read more »

Posted March 8, 2011 by AEN

Alberta Ignores Caribou Scientists Again: Caribou Betrayed by Government Inaction

22 Feb 2011

Alberta’s long history of failed recovery of woodland caribou took another downwards lurch this week, when the Alberta government admitted that it would be ignoring the advice of its own scientists to downgrade this charismatic species from threatened to endangered. Despite clear evidence that caribou numbers continue to decline, twenty-four years of inaction look set to continue. Read more »

Posted February 22, 2011 by AEN

The Duck Stops Here! Do tailings ponds trump migratory bird protection? (Webinar)

Feb 28 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Syncrude ducks trial last year was among the most sensational environmental trials of the last decade, resulting in the most significant environmental fine in Canada.

This webinar will focus on what the trial means in the context of migratory bird protection and what it says about the legality of tailings ponds under theMigratory Birds Protection Act. What issues did the Syncrude trial resolve and what issues remain unanswered in the wake of the decision? Read more »

Posted February 9, 2011 by AEN

Living in the Natural Environment 2011

Feb 4 2011 - 4:00pm - 9:00pm

The M.D. of Bighorn is again presenting Living in the Natural Environment on Friday February 4, 2011.

This year’s event will be at the Cochrane RancheHouse from 4-9pm. As we have in the past, the Hall of Vision has been rented to provide an opportunity for non-profit organizations like yours to showcase their work and provide resources at no cost to your organization.

If you haven’t been to Living in the Natural Environment before, here are a few details: Read more »

Location

Cochrane RancheHouse
Cochrane, AB

Posted January 22, 2011 by Anonymous

Species-at-risk defenders walk away from NAFTA review process

17 Jan 2011

VANCOUVER — An international coalition of environmental groups, represented by Ecojustice, has withdrawn in protest a complaint against Canada, a first in the history of NAFTA’s environmental watchdog.

The complaint, made to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) in 2006, alleged that the Canadian government failed to enforce laws to protect at least 197 at-risk species in Canada. Read more »

Posted January 17, 2011 by AEN

AWA Tuesday Talk: Living With Coyotes

Mar 15 2011 - 7:00pm

 

Join Dr. Shelley Alexander as she describes her ground-breaking work on the Calgary Regional Coyote Project.  Developed in colaboration with the Miistakis Institute in response to citizen concerns about coyotes, this project is responding to some major concerns:  What is the nature of coyotes' presence in Calgary?  What are the challenges for coexistence?  What education initiatives are available to inform citizens? Read more »

Location

AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted January 13, 2011 by AEN

Level One Urban Beekeeping Course

Jan 29 2011 - 10:00am - Jan 30 2011 - 6:00pm

Location: Pure Earth Organics - #12 - 5579 47th St., Red Deer

Saturday January 29th & 30th, 2011
10:00 am - 6:00 pm (both days)

Apiaries and Bees for Communities (A.B.C.) is pleased to offer a Level One Beekeeping Certificate for hobbiest beekeepers in an urban and rural setting. This 16-hour intensive program will offer everything you need to know to begin beekeeping. Read more »

Posted December 27, 2010 by Anonymous

Bee Lifecycles: Understanding Pollinators

Jan 8 2011 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

 

Eliese Watson, Founder of A.B.C- Apiaries and Bees for Communities, an educational organization focusing on the development of urban beekeeping and native-bee habitats, will be presenting on the life cycle of bees and understanding the role of pollinators in nature. Read more »

Location

Kerry Wood Nature Centre
6300 45 Avenue
Red Deer, AB

Posted December 27, 2010 by Anonymous

Sierra Club Prairie comment on Syncrude sentencing for death of 1603 ducks

22 Oct 2010

Dustin Johnson, Energy Campaigner with the Sierra Club Prairie had the following comment on the sentencing of Syncrude for the death of 1603 ducks in their toxic tailings pond.

Justice was not served today. Sierra Club initiated this law suit with the hopes that is would send a message to the Tar Sands industry. The guilty verdict alone from this trial should have been enough to have industry and government commit to phase out toxic tailing lakes with a moratorium of further tar sands development until it is proven that is is possible to safely dispose of all toxins, and the completely mitigate the environmental damage done thus far. Today's sentencing did nothing to prevent Syncrude from continuing on with business as usually and rather provided them with a monetary fine of $3 million dollars - an amount this company makes in less than 16 hours.

The fact is that the death of these 1603 ducks is only one aspect of the tar sands exploitive assault on the ecosystem and people of the North. The rising cancer rates in downstream communities like Fort Chipewyan, the poisoning of the Mackenzie River Delta, and the increasing toxic contamination of wildlife are criminal acts and would be considered such if done by any entity other than a corporation. Today's sentencing shows justice for the North is still far from being served.

Posted October 25, 2010 by AEN

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