Wildlife Protection

CPAWS concerned with cuts to parks and protected areas in Alberta’s 2020 budget

Edmonton/Calgary – CPAWS Northern and Southern Alberta chapters are deeply concerned over the fate of parks and conservation in Alberta after budget announcements on Thursday. The budget of Fall 2019 saw a substantial 9.7% cut to the Alberta Parks budget, and this additional 10% cut in the 2020 budget will further degrade the ability of Alberta Parks to properly manage the areas designated to protect Alberta’s natural heritage. Read more about CPAWS concerned with cuts to parks and protected areas in Alberta’s 2020 budget

Teck announces withdrawal of Frontier oil sands mine project proposal

CPAWS welcomes announcement of project withdrawal of environmentally devastating Frontier oil sands mine

Edmonton — CPAWS welcomes the announcement by Teck Resources Limited CEO, Don Lindsay, that the company has withdrawn their application for the Frontier oil sands mine.  In Teck’s letter to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Don Lindsay cites the need to address policy frameworks for tackling climate change and expresses urgent need to reduce global carbon emissions through carbon pricing and legislated caps for oil sands emissions. Read more about Teck announces withdrawal of Frontier oil sands mine project proposal

Action Alert: Proposed Establishment of Hunting Sandhill Cranes in Alberta

Deadline: 
18 Jan 2020 to 16 Feb 2020

From the AWA website:

The Canadian Wildlife Service is proposing to amend the Migratory Bird Regulations to include a Sandhill crane hunt within the province of Alberta. AWA does not support this proposed amendment as there is no definitive scientific evidence to demonstrate that this hunt would be sustainable, and not negatively impact the Sandhill crane population in the long-term. AWA has also expressed concern over the potential risk this hunt could have on Whooping cranes; the eastern flyway is used by both crane species, which could increase the risk of misidentification by hunters to Whooping cranes.

AWA’s letter to the Canadian Wildlife Service is posted here.

Take Action

Write the Canadian Wildlife Service at [email protected] to let them know what you think about the proposed amendments. The deadline for comments is Sunday, February 16, 2020. Read more about Action Alert: Proposed Establishment of Hunting Sandhill Cranes in Alberta

Action Alert: Tell the Government to REJECT Teck Frontier Mine

This month the Government of Canada will approve or reject the massive 290 sq-km Teck Frontier oil sands mine project in northern Alberta. This project is a serious danger to our boreal forest and poses risks that cannot be ignored. If approved, the mine will threaten Wood Buffalo National Park, key species at risk, and Canada’s ability to reach its climate commitments. Nature can’t afford to support this project. 

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Edmonton Talk — Habitat Matters

Feb 11 2020 - 7:00pm

Join AWA and Environmental Law Centre’s Executive Director, Jason Unger, for Habitat Matters: Habitat Laws, Challenges and New Directions.

Habitat is essential to the survival of all species. Our activities across the landscape have a significant impact on the habitat of other species. As the human footprint has expanded, we have seen habitat degradation and destruction and its resulting negative impact on species abundance and distribution.

Habitat laws and regulation are a central component to how we start to address this human footprint. Join us to learn more. Read more about Edmonton Talk — Habitat Matters

Location

Jackson Power
9744 60 Avenue NW
Edmonton , AB

Y2Y Partner Grants Program

Deadline: 
28 Feb 2020

From the Y2Y website:

Since 1998, Y2Y has invested in grassroots organizations through our annual Y2Y Partner Grants Program. 

These on-the-ground projects complement the efforts of Y2Y, and mobilize work that we wouldn’t be able to do on our own.

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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

All About Bumble Bees

Jan 29 2020 - 6:00pm

From the Alberta Wilderness Association:

Join us to learn all about bumble bees! We will cover bumble bee life cycles, habitat requirements and identification of common bumble bees in southern Alberta. Attendees can build their very own bumble bee box to take home and will be encouraged to participate in our bumble bee box monitoring program.

Cost: $30/box (all ages welcome) Read more about All About Bumble Bees

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

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