Get Involved with Citizen Science!

Over the past few years there has been an explosion of interest in citizen science, check out our newly updated page with everything you need to know to participate, and join one of these great upcoming events:
May Species Count, through May 29th, and BiodiverCity Challenge June 9-12.

Get out and contribute your nature observations to the growing collection of boots-on-the-ground data!

Coal Mining Update: Kicking the Can Down the Road (Again)

The Coal Policy has been reinstated, and exploration and development across the entire region covered by the policy has been halted. This is indeed good news. But don’t break out the champagne just yet; this is a temporary reprieve.

Rather than closing the door to new coal mines in the Eastern Slopes, the government is deferring decisions about future projects to a land-use planning exercise. Moreover, four mining proposals already in review are exempted from the ban on new developments.

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Squirrelling away a little every month helps us build a bigger stash, steadily growing the Nature Alberta Endowment Fund as a sustainable source of ongoing funding.

Small monthly donations are easy on your budget, but add up to a big impact! Your contributions support our education and outreach programs through every season.

Sustainable Forestry?

Over the past two decades, steady progress has been made in refining the principles of ecological forest management and putting the new ideas into practice. To be clear, this does not mean that all of the ideals set forth in the Forest Conservation Strategy have been achieved; indeed, many gaps remain. But we certainly have moved a long way from the days of sustained-yield harvesting.

Unfortunately, the progress we’ve made in advancing ecological forest management is now under threat.

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Alberta is home to incredible natural spaces comprised of beautiful and varied landscapes, and rich biodiversity reflected in our abundant and diverse flora and fauna. Across the province, natural history clubs and their members are engaging Albertans in the conservation and appreciation of this natural heritage. Nature Alberta represents a network of these natural history organizations in Alberta.

CURRENT MAGAZINE

The Spring issue of Nature Alberta Magazine is now available to read online! To receive your own copy of the Summer issue delivered to your mailbox, subscribe by July 4, 2022.

FEATURE STORY

On the Trail of Disjunct Alpine Plants from Alberta to Ontario

By Steph Weizenbach | 24 April 2022

BY ASHLEY HILLMAN

It’s Day 4 on the trail. It’s humid, hot, and did I mention humid? Our packs are impossibly heavy with food, camping gear, and sampling equipment. I wish there was someone else to blame for deciding to mix backpacking with field sampling, but unfortunately it was my idea. I have already cut myself on a rock and slipped into the frigid waters of Lake Superior as we struggle down the coastal hiking trail of Pukaskwa National Park. But all this suffering has rewarded us with just what we were looking for: plants! 

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News

Coal Mining Update: Kicking the Can Down the Road (Again)

The message from the year-long public consultation is crystal clear. Albertans do not want more coal mining in the Eastern Slopes. They want this special region to be protected. If you agree, please write to Minister Savage and urge her to take meaningful action now: minister.energy@gov.ab.ca. The government should enact legislation that provides permanent protection for all ecologically important lands within the Eastern Slopes. Kicking the can down the road is not a reasonable alternative.

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Scanning for Life Forms

Using Environmental DNA to Identify Species, Science Fiction Becomes Reality
By Jay White, M.Sc., P.Biol.

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Shall We Gather at the River?
Irrigation and the Future of Southern Alberta’s Rivers

BY LORNE FITCH

In the heat dome and severe low flows of 2021, our canoe left smears of colour on several barely submerged boulders of one of Alberta’s prairie rivers. These low water levels had me reflecting on the recent scheme by southern Alberta’s irrigation sector to expand irrigated acreage. I thought of the old hymn, “Shall we Gather at the River.”

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Making Citizen Science Count

BY RICHARD SCHNEIDER
As naturalists, we love to watch wildlife, but if we want wild species to remain viable we need to actively contribute to their conservation.

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Chinese Mystery Snails in Alberta

Non-native Chinese mystery snail (Cipangopaludina chinensis), first introduced to North America in the 1890s through food markets in San Francisco, was officially sighted in McGregor Lake Reservoir, near the village of Milo in southern Alberta in 2019.

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You Came Through, Our Fund Grew!

Thank you. Your help set Nature Alberta up for a bright future. We have never felt more inspired by the generosity of our Community Connected by a Love of Nature. We are truly grateful for your support!

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Sand and Gravel Operations Putting Natural Ecosytems at Risk

The Red Deer River Naturalists Society are concerned that sand and gravel operations in Alberta are increasingly putting Alberta’s natural ecosystems at risk and is calling on the government to resolve deficiencies in the management of these operations.

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Trails Act Heading in the Wrong Direction

The UCP government has proposed legislation to govern trails on public land in Alberta.

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Space: A Frontier No Longer?

BY LORNE FITCH

Outer space may still be a frontier, but the space we call wilderness is getting increasingly crowded. The refrain I hear, from people who remember the Eastern Slopes from a previous era, echoes Yogi Berra’s enigmatic statement that “No one goes there, it’s too crowded.” I know I’m reluctant to visit there now, based on my memories of a place much quieter, with less traffic and fewer people.

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What Happened to the Northern Leopard Frog?

BY LAURA SOUTHWELL
The northern leopard frog is an iconic amphibian, likely the very image that comes to mind when you hear the word “frog.” This once ubiquitous resident of prairie wetlands has faced an ongoing struggle against a changing and increasingly human-centric environment.

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Hooo's ready to make a difference? Come volunteer with us! With projects across the province in conservation, education, and more there's something for every interest.For more information or to become part of this dynamic team, email Abigail Stosky at naturekids@naturealberta.ca#makeadifference #volunteer #conservation #outreach #alberta ... See MoreSee Less
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May and June are filled with Citizen Science opportunities! Looking for information on how to get involved? Check out our Citizen Science webpage! With projects across the province and tips on how to make the most of your experience, this is definitely a page you'll want to bookmark!Visit naturealberta.ca/citizen-science/ for more information.#albertacanada #bugs #plants #animals #nature #conservation #citizenscience ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations Edmonton on their recent certification by Nature Canada as a Bird-Friendly City!To learn more about what this certification means, check out this CBC interview featuring Nature Alberta's very own Stephanie Weizenbach!www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-17-edmonton-am/clip/15912210-nature-canada-certifies-edmonton-bird...#birdfriendlycity #nature #conservation #yeg ... See MoreSee Less
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Get ready to get your Citizen Science on, the May Species Count is just a few weeks away!To learn how you can help scientists learn about plants and birds across the province, visit naturealberta.ca/may-species-count-event/!📸R Schneider#citizenscience #mayspeciescount #natrue #outdoors #alberta ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy World Migratory Bird Day!Celebrate by making some Bird Protectors to help birds avoid hitting your windows! Visit naturealberta.ca/bird-protecting-window-decal/ for more information. We'll also be running this activity at Lois Hole Provincial Park from 10 am - 4 pm in celebration of World Migratory Bird Day. Visit naturealberta.ca/world-migratory-bird-day-celebration/ for more info on how you can join! ... See MoreSee Less
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Ready to get your hands dirty with a fun filled afternoon of helping nature?Join us on June 11th as we celebrate Edmonton's annual BiodiverCity challenge with an incredible day of tree planting, invasive weed pulling, and a citizen science nature walk! Visit www.eventbrite.ca/e/plant-trees-for-biodivercity-tickets-318967519437 or the event page on our website at naturealberta.ca for more info.Huge thank you to our partners, #root4trees and #integratedpestmanagement for helping us bring this event to life!#natrue #conservation #rootfortrees#integratedpestmanagment #saveoureath #outdoors ... See MoreSee Less
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Despite its name, the Badlands are anything but bad! Home to prickly cacti, hoodoos', and dinosaur bones, there’s a lot to explore! Learn more with the latest Big Back Yard blog feature: Midland Provincial Park. Find it at naturealberta.ca/my-big-alberta-backyard-midland-provincial-park/📸 Abigail Stosky #naturekids #travelalberta #fun #natureeducation #naturelovers #dinosaurs #badlands #naturekidsweekend ... See MoreSee Less
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Join us on June 11th to celebrate Edmonton's annual BiodiverCity challenge with an incredible day of tree planting, invasive weed pulling, and a citizen science nature walk! We're proud to be partnering with Root for Trees and Integrated Pest Management to bring this incredible event to life.Want to learn more? Visit www.eventbrite.ca/e/plant-trees-for-biodivercity-tickets-318967519437 or the event page on our website at naturealberta.ca#natrue #conservation #rootfortrees #integratedpestmanagment #saveoureath #outdoors ... See MoreSee Less
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Guess hooooo just became parents?! 🦉 The Great Horned Owls at Ellis Bird Farm Ltd. - Lacombe AB! You can check in on the family through their live youtube stream at www.youtube.com/channel/UCwoEVR_QwZuVsdMC4W_azKA or visit the farm in person when they open for the season on May 23rd!#ellisbirdfarm #birdofalberta #greathornedowl #conservation #education #babyowl ... See MoreSee Less
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If you've walked through a forest, you've probably seen dead logs on the ground. But look again and you'll notice some dead trees actually stay upright! Known as snags, small invertebrates love to crawl inside the wood to start breaking it down. Woodpeckers find these creatures delicious and will drill into the snag to find them. Over time, the holes they make become so big that animals like squirrels, birds, and chipmunks move in. Some snags have holes so large at their base that black bears rest inside for the winter! #NatureNugget #naturelover #getoutdoors #naturalistknowldage #trees #snags #wildlife #forest ... See MoreSee Less
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