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Athabasca River at Risk

9 Feb 2010

Despite good progress by a multi-stakeholder group in understanding issues around Athabasca River water withdrawals, Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is concerned there will still not be protective water rules for low winter flows. AWA believes oilsands mine river withdrawals must cease during low winter flows. Read more »

Posted February 9, 2010 by Anonymous

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


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 »


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

Posted January 5, 2010 by russ

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

ERCB Sour Gas Suspension. Who Speaks for Wildlife in Gas Applications?

10 Nov 2009

The recent Energy Resource Conservation Board (ERCB) decision to suspend approval of future sour gas projects in Alberta raises important questions around who is, or should be, considered as "directly affected" by energy proposals. Read more »

Posted November 11, 2009 by Anonymous

AWA Tuesday Talk: A New Era for Wolves and People

Nov 24 2009 - 7:00pm

With Marco Musiani, PhD.

Just published, “A New Era for Wolves and People” is a book that is not only about wolves and their management, but is also very much about humans and our attitudes towards them.  Edited by Marco and his colleagues Luigi Boitani and Paul Paquet, the book’s contributors include recognized scientists and other wolf experts who introduce new and sometimes controversial findings. Read more »


AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted October 27, 2009 by Anonymous

Alberta government urged to stand fast on grizzly hunt suspension

26 Aug 2009

Alberta environmentalists (including Alberta Wilderness Associatiion, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Sierra Club Canada and UTSB Research) are hoping that the Alberta government will resist concerted lobbying efforts to introduce a spring grizzly bear hunt. Rather the government should heed the advice of its own scientists, who have consistently emphasized that such a hunt would not be sustainable. Read more »

Posted September 1, 2009 by Anonymous

Species Requiem Day — Rally for Boreal Birds

Sep 1 2009 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

September 1 is the anniversary of the death of Martha, the last known Passenger Pigeon.

Join The Wilderness Committee as we mark this day and say "No More Extinction!" by focusing on the threats to birds in Boreal Forest that spans accross Canada's north.

For more information contact Kevin Stewart

Phone: (780)421 7335
Email: aspenparkland [at] yahoo [dot] com


In front of Canada Place
9700 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted August 25, 2009 by Anonymous

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