Biodiversity and Wildlife

Edmonton Seedy Sunday

Mar 21 2010 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm


  • 11:30 a.m. Get Growing - Ideas and Strategies for New Gardeners with Ron Berezan,
  • 12:30 p.m. Starting Seeds with Bruce Bashforth
  • 1:30 p.m. Growing the Top ten Herbs with Gwen Simpson
  • 2:30 p.m. Urban Gardening Panel with:
    • Dustin Bajer, Guerrilla Gardening;
    • Sonja, Spin Farming;
    • Kim Sanderson, Involving Children

There will be a seed swap, seed vendors, displays, a kid`s table,a gardening book and magazine exchange and a Seedy Café. Read More


Alberta Avenue Community Hall
9210 118 Avenue NW
Edmonton , AB

City of Calgary Earth Day Lunch & Learn

Apr 22 2010 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

The City of Calgary is celebrating Earth Day by inviting everyone to attend a presentation by Kevin Strange (Senior Advisor of Conservation Outreach at the Calgary Zoo) called "An Uplifting Earth Day."

Kevin will tell you that knowing a lot about conservation can make a guy a real drag at a  party if he chooses to dwell on all of the doom and gloom news we get exposed to every day.  But, Strange devotes his energy to positive conservation stories and is surrounded by people and organizations doing small, but nonetheless great things, for nature and the environment.  Celebrate Earth Day by listening to him share light-hearted and fun stories about nature, travelling, and spending a life-time working for plants and animals.

Examples of environmental initiative from The City of Calgary will be on display, as will Posters from students (grade 1-3) who participated in our Earth Hour Contest.

Admission is free but please register to attend by contacting [email protected] Read More


John Dutton Theatre, Downtown Library
616 MacLeod Trail SE
Calgary , AB

Suffield National Wildlife Area — Conservation Makes Economic Sense

As shale gas discoveries greatly expand already abundant reserves of natural gas, the economics of EnCana's application to drill an additional 1,275 gas wells within Suffield National Wildlife Area are becoming ever more questionable. The Suffield Coalition has long argued that it would be economically imprudent and not in the public interest to approve EnCana's application. In June, EnCana announced it was shutting in gas wells because of low demand and prices, so the time may be just right for EnCana to abandon further drilling within Suffield National Wildlife Area. Read More

Call for Queries: Biodiversity

Biodiversity Issue
22 Mar 2010

Whereas many Canadians follow the international climate change negotiating process, few track parallel efforts to protect biological diversity. Not many are familiar with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) or realize that 2010 is the year when Canada and other countries that ratified the CBD were to have realized their modest target of achieving a "significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss." Even fewer know that 2010 is the International Year of Biological Diversity and that a Copenhagen-like meeting of world leaders is set for October in Nagoya, Japan.

To raise awareness about progress — or lack of it — on biodiversity, Alternatives Journal is dedicating an issue to the topic. We are looking for articles of both a political and a scientific nature. We invite you to submit proposals that deal with issues such as the following:

  • How is Canada, or other parts of the world, doing with regard to their efforts to reduce loss of biological diversity?
  • What is the state of Canada's and/or the world's biodiversity?
  • Is the Convention on Biological Diversity succeeding?
  • What are the latest (or suggested) tools and strategies for protecting biological diversity?
  • What role do business/government/NGOs play in protecting biological diversity?
  • Why has the CBD taken a back seat to the Kyoto Protocol?
  • What are you doing to recognize the International Year of Biological Diversity?

Calgary Seedy Saturday

Mar 20 2010 - 4:00pm to 10:00pm

Calgary Seedy Saturday is part of the worldwide Seedy Saturday/Sunday events that celebrate open-pollinated seeds. In Calgary, the event is coordinated with the support of the Community Garden Resource Network. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, March 20 from 10 am to 4 pm at  Montgomery Community Centre, 5003 - 16 Ave. N.W. (at the intersection of Hwy #1 and Home Road). Read More


Montgomery Community Centre
5003 16 Avenue NW
Calgary , AB

AWA Tuesday Talk: Mother Nature's Cleanup Crew— How Are They Doing in Alberta?

Apr 7 2010 - 1:00am

Part of Mother Nature’s clean-up crew, turkey vultures have attracted relatively little scientific study.  In 2003 Wayne Nelson and several Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division colleagues  followed up on public reports of vultures on old buildings in eastern and northeastern Alberta and a significant study has arisen.  In 2006 Wayne retired as a wildlife biologist and, along with Rick Morse, carried the vulture project into his retirement and expanded it.  Read More


Strathcona Public Library
8331 104 Street
Edmonton , AB

AWA Tuesday Talk: Pussy Willows and Flashes of Blue: Spring Has Arrived!

Mar 24 2010 - 1:00am

Bluebird lovers who build and maintain nesting boxes are contributing enormously to the conservation of this beautiful bird species. Coupled with a very active program to band these birds, we are becoming increasingly informed about their nesting habits and distribution througout southern Alberta.  Marijke Jalink-Wijbrans and Don Stiles will team up to describe the joys, heartbreaks and science of bluebird conservation. Read More


AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Alberta Must Protect Half of Oil Sands Region

Conservation group warns species faces extinction unless government acts

Edmonton, Alberta — Alberta must act fast to protect 50% of the oil sands area from industrial use so that wilderness, biodiversity and traditional use can continue into the future.

That is the key advice contained in an open letter to Ed Stelmach from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). CPAWS wrote the letter to the premier on the occasion of World Wetlands Day, February 2, and the International Year of Biodiversity.

The province and energy industry have been criticized by leading thinkers and governments for their rush to extract fuel from the oil sands without regard for the environmental costs. Alberta has a chance to prove the critics wrong, says Helene Walsh, Boreal Conservation Director for CPAWS, Northern Alberta Read More

Call for Nominations for the J.B. Harkin Conservation Award 2010

1 Mar 2010

Know someone who has made a significant contribution to conservation over their lifetime? Someone whose achievement is worthy of recognition?

We want to know about them!

About the J. B. Harkin Award

The J.B. Harkin Medal is Canada's most prestigious conservation award. Since 1972, the award has been presented by CPAWS to living individuals who:

  • have made a significant life-long contribution through words and deeds to the conservation of Canada's parks and wilderness;
  • or have made a special one-time contribution to national conservation;
  • and have not been otherwise recognized.

The award is named for James Bernard Harkin, Canada's 1st Commissioner of National Parks. Learn more about the J.B. Harkin Medal and see a list of previous participants at the CPAWS website. Read More


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