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Land Stewardship Centre (on behalf of Nature Alberta) is hiring one (1) Nature Kids Program coordinator who will be responsible for the day-to-day planning and implementation of the Nature Kids program, liaising with partners and volunteers and supervising seasonal staff on an as-need basis. Deadline for applications is May 12, 2017.
Download the Nature Kids Program Coordinator job posting and apply today.
Nature Alberta is hiring one (1) Nature Kids Program Assistant to assist with the delivery of Nature Alberta’s Nature Kids program. The Nature Kids Program Assistant will be responsible for helping the Program Coordinator in the day-to-day implementation of various elements of the Nature Kids program. Deadline for applications is May 5, 2017.
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Every year, approximately 350 species of birds migrate thousands of kilometers from Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean to their summer nesting sites in the United States and Canada. International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) celebrates and brings attention to this important and spectacular phenomenon. This year’s theme is “Helping Birds Along the Way.”
This year, Nature Alberta has created a contest to encourage people to experience the migration at events taking place across Alberta.
Pick up your 2017 IMBD Passport at AND have it stamped at one of the following events:
Snow Goose Chase
April 22 & 23, 2017
Location: Tofield/Beaverhill Lake area
Hosted by: Edmonton Nature Club and Town of Tofield
City of Calgary Parks IMBD
May 14, 2017
Location: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary
Hosted by: City of Calgary Parks
Big Lake Environment Support Society IMBD
May 27, 2017
Location: Lois Hole Centennial Park, St. Albert
Hosted by: Big Lake Environment Support Society
May 27 & 28, 2017
Location: Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation, Slave Lake
Hosted by: Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory and Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation
Enter to win a fabulous Nature Alberta prize by sending us your:
Here are the ways you can submit your entries:
Your passport must be stamped by event staff using the stamp specified for this contest. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter the contest. Entries (completed passports and stories) must be received by Nature Alberta no later than June 5, 2017 to be eligible.
Nature Alberta is grateful to TD Friends of the Environment, contest sponsors and our participating member clubs for their generous contributions to these events and this initiative.
Nature Alberta appreciates the ongoing commitment of its member clubs to ensuring Alberta’s natural heritage is widely enjoyed, deeply appreciated and thoroughly protected. Supporting the efforts of its member clubs is important to Nature Alberta.
With that, Nature Alberta is pleased to offer its member clubs (both Corporate and Affiliate member clubs) the opportunity to apply for the annual Nature Alberta Club Grant.
Click here to learn more about eligibility, criteria and the application process.
The deadline for applications for the 2016 Nature Alberta Club Grant is June 30, 2017.
The Nature Alberta Awards program began in 1976 with the presentation of the very first Loran Goulden Memorial Award. Since then, with the inclusion of four additional awards, Nature Alberta has recognized and honoured the contributions of nearly 100 noteworthy individuals through its annual Awards program. Each of these awards recognizes individuals for their commitment to the conservation and appreciation of Alberta’s natural heritage and/or their support of Alberta’s nature clubs.
Nominations of eligible individuals are now being accepted for the following Nature Alberta Awards:
To be eligible, a nominee must meet the criteria for the specific awards. You’ll find all of this information on the Nature Alberta Awards page.
There are several ways you can nominate someone for a 2017 Nature Alberta Award. Get all the information you need and the nomination form on the Nature Alberta Awards page.
The deadline to nominate an individual for a Nature Alberta Award is May 30, 2017. Get your nomination in today!
Nature Alberta received nearly 100 submissions for our fall photo contest. Thank you to everyone who contributed photos. Your pictures were beautiful and diverse representing animals, plants, people, scenery and hidden gems from across our beloved province.
Making the decision wasn’t easy, but our Selection Committee has awarded the grand prize to R. Sarkar’s stunning, photo titled “Columbia Icefields.”
R. Sarkar takes home the grand prize of a Nature Alberta Gift Package (valued at $250).
We’d also like to recognize and congratulate all of our category winners and honorable mentions. Category winners receive a publication of choice from the Nature Alberta store.
The diversity of Alberta’s natural landscapes/scenery including everything from the grasslands and parkland, to the boreal forests, foothills and Rocky Mountains.
The vast range of Alberta’s flora and fauna including Alberta’s mammals, birds, waterfowl, trees, vegetation.
Nature lovers of all ages, as well as Nature Alberta volunteers and club members in action; from simply enjoying the outdoors to helping out at fundraising events, participating in birding activities, nature walks, bird and plant counts, etc.
Urban and rural; share the natural environment that surrounds your home and how you experience nature in your own backyard.
The remote and lesser known places, animals and plants found in Alberta.
Activities that conserve and protect Alberta’s natural heritage, such as tree planting, wetland restoration, lakeshore management, habitat preservation activities and so much more. The Category Winner is S. Weizenbach with “Stephanie and Willow Out at a Ducks Unlimited Property.”
Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your views of nature from across Alberta with us. Also, a big thank you to our contest sponsors TrackN’Trail, The Running Room and The Wildbird General Store who have provided the amazing prizes for our contests so far.
We can’t wait to see the submissions for our winter 2017 photo contest. Don’t forget – the deadline to submit your winter photos is April 1, 2017.
The Beaverhill Bird Observatory near Tofield, Alberta, is now taking applications for their second Geoff Holroyd Young Ornithologists’ Workshop.
This is a week-long workshop to provide teenagers who are interested in birds with a practical, working knowledge and aesthetic appreciation of birds and their conservation. The workshop will take place Sunday, July 30 to Saturday, August 5, 2017. Up to eight participants, ages 15-18 years, will be selected.
For more information and to download the application form, visit the Beaverhill Bird Observatory website.
The Hypothermic Half Marathon has become an annual fundraising event for Nature Alberta. Twice every February more than 200 racers run 21 km, along the scenic Edmonton River Valley. For each race, at least 50 volunteers are required. These volunteers act as race marshals, ensuring runners are safe, following the route, preventing collisions with local traffic, helping those that may become injured, providing hydration and encouragement for all the runners.
This event is a reminder that we can enjoy the outdoors and be active in Alberta’s most prominent season. Our volunteers make it possible! This year’s races take place on February 12 and 26, 2017.
This is a great way to show your support for Nature Alberta! It’s also a great opportunity to get outside, meet new people, enjoy the thrill of the race and cheer on participants. Our volunteers also enjoy hot chocolate along the route and complimentary brunch at the Highlands Gold Club.
How does this help Nature Alberta?
Proceeds raised at this event are generously donated by The Running Room to Nature Alberta. In 2015, this event raised approximately $6000 to support Nature Alberta’s projects; all of which help to create awareness of the importance of and appreciation for Alberta’s nature and biodiversity.
To volunteer please contact:
Brian Lavers, Volunteer Coordinator
Interested in running the Hypo Half?
Sign up today. Here are the links to the registration pages:
We received some great photos for fall photo contest. We’ll be announcing the winners and posting the photos for the fall contest very soon.
But we’re not done yet. Help keep the momentum going submit your winter photos winter photo contest. So, get outdoors and keep snapping those pics from January until the end of March and submit your winter photos by April 1, 2017
With seven diverse categories to choose from, and Alberta as your canvas, we look forward to seeing even more of your truly amazing snapshots from across the province.
Here are all of the contest details:
We’re looking for diverse and fascinating photos that capture:
There will be one grand prize overall and a 1st prize and honorable mention photo in each category for each season.
All residents of Alberta are eligible to submit photos to the contest. All photographs must have been taken by the individual making the submission. Contributors retain their rights to their photographs; however, by entering the contest, you grant Nature Alberta a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any Nature Alberta purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion of Nature Alberta programs and/or services and/or publications. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. Nature Alberta will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses. Winning photos will be selected by a selection committee.
When taking your photos please remember that getting too close to birds and other wildlife can disrupt and negatively affect their behaviour and habitat, or damage plants and the natural environment. Use a camera with a telephoto lens to keep a safe, respectful distance from birds and animals.
Have questions or comments? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special thanks to our contest sponsors and prize contributors.
Thank you to everyone who has voted for our project so far! If you haven’t voted yet, don’t hesitate – we could still use your help.
This year, Nature Alberta is participating in the Aviva Community Fund challenge and we need your help to make it to the finals. Every vote gives Nature Alberta a chance to secure program funding to implement a new and exciting Living by Water landowner incentive program.
With our experience in delivering the Living by Water program, and supported by the trust and partnerships we have built in communities across Alberta, we would like to pilot a new incentive program in 2017 called the “Living By Water Incentive Initiative”.
With funds from Aviva, Nature Alberta would be able to not only reach out and inform, but more importantly, help provide financial assistance to lakeshore residents to implement physical shoreline restoration projects on their property. The projects these lakeshore owners undertake will lead to direct environmental benefit for their lakes and contribute to building more sustainable lake-side communities.
Please follow the link below and cast your vote for Nature Alberta between October 11-28. You can vote up to 18 times for a single project.
Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) are the largest global network of important sites for biodiversity. Every couple of weeks, until the end of fall migration, we’ll introduce you to one of Alberta’s 49 IBAs. We encourage you to not only learn more but to also visit and experience these essential wildlife habitats across the province.
Kimiwan Lake, an important lake for migrating and summer moulting waterfowl and shorebirds, is located approximately 135 kilometers northeast of Grand Prairie by the town of McLennan. Characterized by shorelines of marsh and mud flat habitat, this lake is regularly hosts +20,000 birds daily during migration. Not only is this lake recognized internationally as an IBA, it is also recognized by the province as an Environmentally Significant Area. Waterfowl hunting is not permitted within 0.8 km of the lake.
Although it encompasses an area with large amounts of all kinds of wildlife, Kimiwan Lake is especially known for the sheer quantities of waterfowl and shorebirds that use it. In fact, 96 species of birds have been identified at Kimiwan Lake. You can expect to see:
A visit to the Kimiwan Bird Walk Interpretive Centre, hosted by the Kimiwan Lake Naturalists, is a must. There you can find all the help you’ll need to make sure you have the most rewarding visit possible. Open from May-September, the Interpretive Centre is a great starting point for your exploration of the boardwalk through the lake. The boardwalk is also wheelchair accessible. A mere 9 km south of the Interpretive Centre, you can find yourself exploring the Winagami Conservation Area, also well known for hosting a variety of wildlife. If you are looking for a place to stay during your visit, not only are there the McLennan Kimiwan Lake Municipal and Winagami Lake Provincial Park Campgrounds, but also several hotels, and bed and breakfasts in the town of McLennan.
Head east from Grand Prairie on AB-43 before turning north onto AB-733. Turn east once again onto AB-49, and continue onto AB-2 E into McLennan. The Interpretive Centre is on the south shore of the lake, directly on Highway 2. For more information visit the Kimiwan Lake Naturalists website, or the IBA Canada site listing.
In 1970, six natural history clubs joined together to form the Federation of Alberta Naturalists. Today, this same organization, known as Nature Alberta serves a membership of over 40 clubs and represents thousands of individuals across the province. Every one of these individuals share a passion for natural history.
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