Biodiversity and Wildlife

Issue Brief: Oil Sands Monitoring

Updated: September 10, 2020
The budget for the joint provincial-federal Oil Sands Monitoring Program will be reduced by around 25% this year, citing less field work due to the COVID-19 outbreak. AEN members discussed the budget reduction on a call on August 26 and are seeking clarification from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program. Read More

Alberta’s habitat restoration projects a step in the right direction, but need to consider larger conservation goals

CPAWS Southern and Northern Alberta chapters are encouraged to see the government’s investment of $9.7-million in restoration projects to benefit habitat for Alberta’s threatened caribou and native trout. The focus on initiatives like restoring disturbances in caribou habitat, improving connectivity in fragmented southern landscapes, and restoring important native fish habitats are important and overdue steps towards species at risk recovery. These initiatives also benefit Albertans by providing important employment opportunities and contributing to our economic recovery. Read More

Emergency Measures Needed for Jasper’s Few Remaining Caribou After Maligne Caribou Die Off

Alberta Wilderness Association has learned from a Jasper National Park website that Jasper’s Maligne caribou are officially extirpated, and that each of the remaining two caribou populations managed by Parks Canada are now too small to recover on their own. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) calls on Parks Canada to prevent the extirpation of Jasper’s Tonquin and Brazeau caribou and to manage Maligne range access for eventual caribou re-introduction there. Read More

Issue Brief: Vista coal mine expansion

Updated: September 3, 2020

The Coalspur Vista mine is one of the largest thermal coal mines in Canada, and the proposed expansion could almost triple its capacity. Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson declined in December 2019 to order a federal impact assessment, but he reversed this decision on July 30 so the project will undergo a federal impact assessment. Coalspur Mines has launched a legal challenge to the Minister's decision.

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Losing protection where we need it most

The Government of Alberta’s plan to remove 164 sites from the provincial parks system will take a significant cut out of Alberta’s most endangered and least protected Natural Regions: the Parkland, Grasslands and Foothills. Between these three regions, 85 sites will lose their protected status, resulting in the loss of nearly 9,000 hectares of protection – equivalent to around eight times the size of Ghost Lake or one-half the size of Elk Island National Park. Read More

Call for public input on the draft Whitebark and Limber Pines Recovery Plan

Draft Whitebark and Limber Pines Recovery Plan
10 Sep 2020

From the Government of Alberta Public Engagement website:

We’re seeking public input on our draft recovery plan for whitebark pine and limber pine. Whitebark and limber pines have evolved to thrive in some of Alberta's harshest landscapes but recent infections of white pine blister and infestations of mountain pine beetle have resulted in a decline in the pines' numbers across their provincial range. Read More

Call for public input on the draft Porsild's Byrum Recovery Plan

Draft Porsild’s Bryum Recovery Plan
10 Sep 2020

From the Government of Alberta Public Engagement website:

We’re seeking public input on the draft Porsild’s bryum recovery plan.

We have incorporated new survey data and have worked with ecologists and conservation officers to update the previous Porsild’s bryum recovery plan. The updated plan is now available for your feedback. Read More

YYC Young Citizen Scientists: Urban Wildlife (Ages 12-16)

Aug 27 2020 - 11:00am

Are you a parent looking to continue environmental education at home? Or are you a student passionate about learning more about our planet earth? CPAWS-SAB wants to bring interactive learning into your homes!

As part of the Ultimate Summer Challenge being hosted by the Calgary Public Library, CPAWS-SAB will be putting on 6 virtual presentations for youth. These presentations will include visuals, activities, and discussions. See below for more details on each event. Read More


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