Biodiversity and Wildlife

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.

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.

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Grasslands: A Hidden Wilderness

Nov 5 2019 - 7:00pm

Join AWA and Nature Canada for a screening of Grasslands: A Hidden Wilderness by the Nature of Things with David Suzuki. The film screening will be followed by a discussion guided by political scientist Dr. Ian Urquhart exploring what conservation will look like amidst a new national political landscape.

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Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Habitat Actions Urgent for Alberta’s Newly Listed Threatened and Endangered Fish

On August 21, Alberta’s ‘provincial fish’ – the Bull Trout – plus Alberta’s only native rainbow trout – the Athabasca Rainbow Trout – each received long overdue listing under Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA): Bull Trout are now listed as Threatened with extinction, Athabasca Rainbow Trout listed as Endangered. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) and Canadian fish expert Dr. John R. Post are calling on both the provincial and federal governments to quickly undertake recovery actions and protect the habitats of these iconic species.

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