Biodiversity and Wildlife

Learning to Speak Lichen: Lichen Walk n’ Talk About Air Quality & Climate

Aug 22 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Join us to learn about your lichen neighbours, and how to translate what they’re telling us about our urban environment. Not sure what a lichen is? Come and find out! We’ll introduce you to a few of your common (and uncommon) lichen neighbours, and discuss why we think listening to urban lichens is important.

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Location

Edmonton , AB

Lichens as Biomonitors for Urban Air Quality & Climate

Aug 20 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Find out what using lichens as biomonitors for the climate and air pollution is all about. 

Lichens, a symbiotic partnership between algae and fungi, are excellent (and inexpensive!) biomonitors for telling us about climate change and pollution - and Edmonton is ripe to start using them. 

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Issue Brief: Closing and delisting Alberta parks

Updated: July 28, 2020

The province is planning to close 20 parks sites and delist another 164 sites, although the timing is still uncertain. Internal government documents show there was no analysis of costs, public were excluded from consultation and land sales have been considered. Read more about Issue Brief: Closing and delisting Alberta parks

“Optimizing” Parks… What Happened to the List?

On February 29, 2020 the Government of Alberta published a list of 164 parks and provincial recreation areas it intends to remove from Alberta’s parks system. That list has vanished from the government’s website. Read more about “Optimizing” Parks… What Happened to the List?

Internal government documents reveal concerning new details about the plan for Alberta’s parks: land sales, no comprehensive analysis of costs, and exclusion of the public from the decision

EDMONTON, AB – Documents recently obtained by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Alberta Chapters through a Freedom of Information and Privacy (FOIP) request have offered a closer look at the decision making process behind the recent cuts to Alberta’s parks system. The documents, which include internal communications, briefings to the Minister and a briefing to cabinet, outline the development of the government’s ‘Optimizing Alberta Parks’ plan announced in spring 2020.  Read more about Internal government documents reveal concerning new details about the plan for Alberta’s parks: land sales, no comprehensive analysis of costs, and exclusion of the public from the decision

Issue Brief: Rescinding the Alberta Coal Policy

The Alberta government rescinded the 1976 Coal Policy on June 1, saying the policy was no longer relevant due to regulatory changes and new approaches in land use planning since the 1970s. However, gaps in land use plans (particularly in the eastern slopes region) may leave sensitive regions open to coal development. Read more about Issue Brief: Rescinding the Alberta Coal Policy

Volunteer Opportunity: Board of Directors, CPAWS Northern Alberta

Position: 
Board of Directors
Location: 
Edmonton

The Northern Alberta chapter of CPAWS is seeking motivated individuals to serve as a Volunteer on our Board of Directors. We are looking for enthusiastic supporters of wilderness conservation, particularly those with the following backgrounds or expertise: Read more about Volunteer Opportunity: Board of Directors, CPAWS Northern Alberta

All Hands On Deck: Citizen Science with Watch for Wildlife

Jul 16 2020 - 4:00pm

From the Sierra Club Canada Foundation website:

Join us as Watch For Wildlife's Allison Dean takes us through their new citizen science project on iNaturalist. You'll learn all about Watch for Wildlife's citizen science initiative and how to get involved and make a difference in wildlife collision data collection in your area.

All SCCF webinars are free to attend and will be uploaded to our website for later viewing. Read more about All Hands On Deck: Citizen Science with Watch for Wildlife

Alberta Energy Regulator Rules that Coal and Wildlife Don’t Mix

On July 9th, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) denied Horn Ridge Resources Ltd.’s application to explore for coal in the Kakwa wilderness, west of Grande Cache.

AWA commends the AER for refusing this application as it poses a significant risk to valued wildlife populations and the ecological integrity of sensitive alpine and sub-alpine landscapes. Read more about Alberta Energy Regulator Rules that Coal and Wildlife Don’t Mix

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