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Christmas Bird Counts

Dec 14 2015 (All day) - Jan 5 2016 (All day)

From the Bird Studies Canada Christmas Bird Count website:

Started in 1900, the Christmas Bird Count is North America's longest-running Citizen Science project. Counts happen in over 2000 localities throughout the Western Hemisphere.

The information collected by thousands of volunteer participants forms one of the world's largest sets of wildlife survey data. The results are used daily by conservation biologists and naturalists to assess the population trends and distribution of birds.

Each Christmas Bird Count is conducted on a single day between December 14 and January 5. Counts are carried out within a 24-km diameter circle that stays the same from year to year. They are organized, usually as group efforts, at the local level, often by a birding club or naturalist organization.

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various locations

Posted December 14, 2015 by AEN

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

Conservation groups in court to defend Jasper National Park from further commercial development

Approval of concept plan to add overnight commercial accommodation at Maligne Lake threatens park protection, groups say

27 Oct 2015

EDMONTON — Conservation groups are in court today to challenge Parks Canada’s approval of a concept plan to build overnight commercial accommodations at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, alleging that it would undermine the law and set a dangerous precedent for protection of Canada’s national parks. Read more »

Posted October 28, 2015 by AEN

AWA Submission on Castle Provincial Park and Wildland Provincial Park Management Planning

In response to the Government of Alberta's announcement of enhanced protection for the Castle area, and Alberta Parks' subsequent call for comments , the Alberta Wilderness Association has posted their submssion:

We know that truly protecting the Castle as a keystone piece of Alberta’s biodiversity mosaic requires comprehensive management plans and regulatory enforcement. AWA is seriously concerned that with the initial information we have from Alberta Environment and Parks, the designation exemplifies when a park is not a park.The protection outlined in early September is more symbolic than substantive.

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Posted September 24, 2015 by AEN

New report highlights major commercial development threat to Canada’s national parks

From the CPAWS Northern Alberta Chapter website:

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A new report released today by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds that Canada’s national parks are under serious threat from growing commercial development pressures, particularly in Banff and Jasper.

The report describes a list of recent developments that, together, threaten the natural values national parks are intended to protect. These include the recent rushed approval of a massive expansion of the Lake Louise Ski Resort in Banff, construction of the Glacier Skywalk and a proposed Maligne Lake resort development in Jasper, and a proposal to build a giant seven story statue in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, among others.

Posted September 14, 2015 by AEN

Public Comment Period: Enhancing the Protection of the Castle area

Initiative: 
Enhancing the Protection of the Castle area
Deadline: 
5 Oct 2015 (All day)

From the Alberta Parks website:

The Castle area is one of the most biologically diverse areas in Alberta with over 200 rare or at-risk species, including wolverine and grizzly bear. The area has a history of multiple uses including commercial forestry, grazing, oil and gas development as well as tourism development and recreational uses.

The Government of Alberta is committed to enhancing protection of the Castle Special Management Area. To achieve this, government will amend the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan to designate the Castle area under Parks’ legislation. The Government of Alberta is therefore proceeding with a public comment period on the following plan:

  1. Expansion of the Castle Wildland Provincial Park;
  2. Creation of a Provincial Park

The enhanced protection of the Castle area will allow us to focus on stewardship, protecting and enhancing biodiversity, and promoting the area as an outdoor destination for all Albertans.

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Posted September 9, 2015 by AEN

Record-setting $1,500 Fines Levied against OHV Joyriders

7 May 2015

In a recent ruling, a judge in Rocky Mountain House assessed two $1,500 fines against off-highway vehicle (OHV) users joyriding in the Clearwater River. This is the highest fine ever levied for this charge in Alberta’s history. Read more »

Posted May 7, 2015 by AEN

Co-op Community Spaces Program

Deadline: 
15 May 2015 (All day)

As Western Canadians, we have to make the most of every chance we get to go outside and enjoy the parks, playgrounds, community gardens and other spaces that bring us together.

Co-op Community Spaces has been developed to help protect, beautify and improve spaces across Western Canada. In keeping with our ongoing commitment to invest in the communities we serve, Co-op will contribute up to $1 million annually to help support projects that improve the places Canadians meet, play, learn and share. Read more »

Posted March 22, 2015 by AEN

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