Biodiversity and Wildlife

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

Castle Parks: Don't pause. Act.

From the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition's action alert:

During the formation of the Castle Parks, the public was consulted on the Castle Management Plan during what was “the largest public consultation effort ever conducted by Alberta Parks". The public made it very clear in the Castle Consultation that it expects motorized recreation to be phased out per that specific management plan. 

The Castle Management Plan is now on pause… with a potential renegotiation of how the land is managed.

The return of OHVs to the Castle would have a negative impact on the land, watersheds, fish, and wildlife in the Castle, and on tourism in the area. Since the establishment of the Castle Parks, the Castle has been recovering from the past excesses, and people are rediscovering and returning to the Castle. We’re seeing new and renewed interest in the Parks, and a shift to recreational activities like hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking.

Act.

  • Contact Minster Nixon ([email protected]) and Mr. Roger Reid, MLA Livingstone Macleod ([email protected]) to express support for a complete implementation of the Castle Management Plan.
  • Donate to CCWC to support advocacy efforts and realize a truly protected area. Click here: CCWC

  Read more about Castle Parks: Don't pause. Act.

Caribou hearing adjourned pending further discussions with federal government

CALGARY – A legal case concerning protection for boreal caribou habitat in northeastern Alberta has been adjourned, pending further discussions between the environmental groups and First Nations that brought the lawsuit and the federal government.

Lawyers from Ecojustice represent the Alberta Wilderness Association, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, the Mikisew Cree First Nation, and the David Suzuki Foundation in the proceedings.

Ecojustice lawyer Melissa Gorrie released the following statement: Read more about Caribou hearing adjourned pending further discussions with federal government

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

Albertans Ignored to Allow Motorized Recreation and Industry in Castle Parks

Calgary, AB – To appease a noisy minority, the Government of Alberta appears to be opening the door for motorized recreation and industry in the Castle Parks, despite the direction of public consultation on creation and management of the parks.

In 2017, the Castle Parks in southwestern Alberta were officially designated. Based on the longest and most extensive public consultation in Alberta Parks’ history, a management plan was developed that reflects the wishes and directions expressed by the people of Alberta. Read more about Albertans Ignored to Allow Motorized Recreation and Industry in Castle Parks

2019 Martha Kostuch Wilderness and Wildlife Trust Fund Lecture

Nov 22 2019 - 6:00pm

This year’s lecture will be presented by Dr. Mark Boyce, professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta. Mark will offer AWA a thought provoking and inspiring lecture: United Community for wilderness Protection. Read more about 2019 Martha Kostuch Wilderness and Wildlife Trust Fund Lecture

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

AWA Letter on Bow Basin Water Management Options

Alberta Environment and Parks has been gathering input on Bow Basin Water Management Options. The Alberta Wilderness Association has published its response on their website. From their letter:

AWA believes that the primary strategy for flood mitigation for Calgary and surrounding communities should not be on-stream dam infrastructure, but rather upstream land use improvements, and strictly limiting the future establishment of commercial, industrial, residential developments within the floodplain of the Bow River. This project has gained considerable momentum without adequate scrutiny of environmental impacts or of alternatives to on-stream dams. AWA strongly believes that all three options must be vetted thoroughly for potential negative ecological effects. While we support none of the projects, we believe that the Ghost dam option is potentially the least harmful. Read more about AWA Letter on Bow Basin Water Management Options

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