Alberta Wilderness Association

Government Plans to Remove 164 Sites from Parks System

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Tolman Bridge Campground

Tolman Bridge Campground (pictured), one of the 20 sites that the Government is proposing to fully or partially close. Photo © Alberta Wilderness Association

The provincial government has announced a plan to remove 164 of 473 sites from the Alberta Parks system, including 19 Provincial Parks and Natural Areas, in addition to a full or partial closure of 20 sites. AWA has serious concern with the removal of sites from the parks system due to the important recreational and ecological values these areas provide; this decision will almost certainly mean their protected area status will be threatened. Read more about Government Plans to Remove 164 Sites from Parks System

Action Alert: Proposed Establishment of Hunting Sandhill Cranes in Alberta

From the AWA website:

The Canadian Wildlife Service is proposing to amend the Migratory Bird Regulations to include a Sandhill crane hunt within the province of Alberta. AWA does not support this proposed amendment as there is no definitive scientific evidence to demonstrate that this hunt would be sustainable, and not negatively impact the Sandhill crane population in the long-term. AWA has also expressed concern over the potential risk this hunt could have on Whooping cranes; the eastern flyway is used by both crane species, which could increase the risk of misidentification by hunters to Whooping cranes.

AWA’s letter to the Canadian Wildlife Service is posted here.

Take Action

Write the Canadian Wildlife Service at [email protected] to let them know what you think about the proposed amendments. The deadline for comments is Sunday, February 16, 2020. Read more about Action Alert: Proposed Establishment of Hunting Sandhill Cranes in Alberta

Edmonton Talk — Habitat Matters

Feb 11 2020 - 7:00pm

Join AWA and Environmental Law Centre’s Executive Director, Jason Unger, for Habitat Matters: Habitat Laws, Challenges and New Directions.

Habitat is essential to the survival of all species. Our activities across the landscape have a significant impact on the habitat of other species. As the human footprint has expanded, we have seen habitat degradation and destruction and its resulting negative impact on species abundance and distribution.

Habitat laws and regulation are a central component to how we start to address this human footprint. Join us to learn more. Read more about Edmonton Talk — Habitat Matters

Location

Jackson Power
9744 60 Avenue NW
Edmonton , AB

Mammal Monitoring in Alberta

Feb 18 2020 - 7:00pm

From the Alberta Wilderness Association:

The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute has monitored over 40 species of mammals and their habitats across the province since 2007. In this talk, we’ll describe opportunities and challenges of monitoring biodiversity at a provincial scale, walk through the process the sampling for mammals, and describe how this information can be used by stakeholders and decision-makers. Read more about Mammal Monitoring in Alberta

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Music for the Wild: Heather Blush and the Uppercuts

Mar 7 2020 - 7:00pm

Heather Blush and The Uppercuts are a group of rogue troubadours based in Calgary, Alberta. Sassy, sultry, and just plain fun, they perform original songs designed to knock your socks off!  With energetic, audience-engaging shows, Heather is quickly becoming known for songwriting that covers all bases between witty sarcasm and gutwrenching honesty.  With “Captain” Steve Hazlett on drums, and “Duellin’ Dale Ulan” on upright bass, Heather Blush and The Uppercuts pack a punch and leave a lasting impression. Read more about Music for the Wild: Heather Blush and the Uppercuts

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Music for the Wild: Emily Triggs & Opening Act Lonni Robley

Feb 8 2020 - 7:30pm

Emily Triggs is a bred-in-the-bone roots musician, at one of her creative peaks. Since the release of this summer’s album Middletown, Emily has played the Calgary & Vancouver folk festivals; two major Calgary folk Clubs (Rocky Mountain, Nickelodeon); and many other venues in Quebec and Alberta. You may have seen Emily at Music for the Wild as a member of The Magnolia Buckskin—it is a real treat to have her focus on her own music here on our stage. Read more about Music for the Wild: Emily Triggs & Opening Act Lonni Robley

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

All About Bumble Bees

Jan 29 2020 - 6:00pm

From the Alberta Wilderness Association:

Join us to learn all about bumble bees! We will cover bumble bee life cycles, habitat requirements and identification of common bumble bees in southern Alberta. Attendees can build their very own bumble bee box to take home and will be encouraged to participate in our bumble bee box monitoring program.

Cost: $30/box (all ages welcome) Read more about All About Bumble Bees

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Public Lands Should Not be Sold to Mackenzie County

A recent proposal to sell 140,000 hectares of Alberta public lands to Mackenzie County would convert vital boreal native habitat into agricultural lands and grazing reserves.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) does not support the sale and conversion of public lands, an important finite public resource. AWA believes any proposal to sell and convert public lands must have a thorough consultation process that engages local indigenous communities and the general public. Read more about Public Lands Should Not be Sold to Mackenzie County

Elections, Budgets and Environment

Nov 26 2019 - 7:00pm

On October 9th, Ipsos reported that, in a poll conducted for Global News, climate change was one of the most important issues in the minds of voters. Twenty-nine percent of those surveyed said it was one of their top three issues (only health care at 35 percent polled higher). Following the election, what does the composition of the new government suggest we might expect in addressing climate change and other environmental issues? Join Dr. Ian Urquhart (political scientist at the University of Alberta/University of Calgary) to explore this question. Read more about Elections, Budgets and Environment

Location

Jackson Power
9744 60 Avenue NW
Edmonton , AB

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