Wildlife Protection

Government investment in Alberta Parks infrastructure is encouraging, but 175 parks still set to be removed

Calgary – CPAWS Northern and Southern Alberta Chapters are pleased to see the government’s investment in parks infrastructure. However, we are dismayed to hear the Minister continues to move forward with removing 175 parks from the Parks System. The Premier stated in the announcement that “Albertans are a stubborn bunch” and we agree. Albertans from across the province continue to ask for a commitment from this government that all of these parks will remain protected within the parks system. 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

Canada agrees federal impact assessment necessary for mine expansion near Hinton, Alberta

EDMONTON, AB – CPAWS applauds the decision by the federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson, to approve the request for a federal impact assessment for a proposed thermal coal mine expansion near Hinton, Alberta. The decision shows Minister Wilkinson understands the serious need to assess adverse environmental impacts that result from outdated thermal coal mining. Read More

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

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

Native Trout in Alberta

Jun 17 2020 - 1:00pm

CPAWS Southern Alberta and Trout Unlimited Canada are hosting a livestream discussion on the threats to native trout in Alberta, and what we can do to promote their recovery.

Submit your trout questions for the experts on Facebook, and tune in to the livestream on June 17 at 1:00 PM. Read More

Avian Summer: Online Premiere and Q&A

Jun 25 2020 - 8:00pm

From the Friends of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre:

"Avian Summer" is a locally-produced wildlife documentary by Rick Andrews

Discover the variety of birds that migrate into Southern Alberta each spring, where they come to find a mate & raise the next generation, before migrating south again the the fall.

Available for online rental or digital download. All proceeds benefit Helen Schuler Nature Centre. Read More


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