While many organizations, likes Ducks Unlimited Canada and The Nature Conservancy are working to protect bird habitat, Nature Alberta is doing its part by being the provincial coordinator of the Important Bird Areas program. Led by BirdLife International, the Important Bird Areas program is a global effort to identify, conserve, and monitor a network of sites that provide essential habitat for bird populations. Learn More
The term citizen science is often used to describe communities or networks of citizens who act as observers in some domain of science. Citizen science has long been recognized as a legitimate means of collecting scientific data. Citizen science can also be used to entice more Albertans to get engaged in a greater appreciation of our natural resources. Since the initiation of its first breeding bird atlas, Nature Alberta has been compiling a database of bird and other natural history sightings. Learn More
Since 1999, under the direction of Nature Alberta – a non-profit, non-governmental organization – LBW has been operating within the province of Alberta to provide information to shoreline residents about the basics of shoreline living. When everyone’s property and water-based activities are combined, the result is called a cumulative effect. Learn More
Nature Alberta periodically recognizes the contribution of Alberta’s naturalists through its awards and scholarships as described here.
In 1970, six natural history clubs joined together to form the Federation of Alberta Naturalists. Today, this same organization, now known as Nature Alberta serves a membership of over 40 clubs and represents thousands of individuals across the province. These individuals share a passion for natural history.
Natural history is the study of plants or animals, using observational rather than experimental methods.
Alberta is fortunate to have a wide diversity of wildlife and wild spaces. All native plants and animals have a right to co-exist with Albertans, who in turn benefit by having access to a healthy, natural environment. Increasing our understanding of nature will lead to increased enjoyment of it.