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!

Family Nature Nights 2022

Join us select Wednesday evenings this summer for a night of free family fun in nature!

Most events run first-come-first-served registration that opens at 6:00 p.m., and run 6:30–8:30 p.m., with the exception of Wetland Champions where we will be running our first "Festival Style" event (complete your passport by visiting all activity stations and earn a prize!).

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.

Become a Monthly Donor

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.

Grow Your Legacy

Your contribution to the Nature Alberta Endowment Fund helps ensure we can continue to promote, conserve, and protect Alberta’s natural heritage for years to come, and help inspire the next generation of naturalists.

A Community Connected by a Love of Nature

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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 Summer issue of Nature Alberta Magazine is now available to read online! To receive your own copy of the Fall issue delivered to your mailbox, subscribe by September 19, 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

The Implications of Shifting Baselines on Nature Conservation

BY LU CARBYN

Ecosystems change over time without any tampering by humankind. Human impacts, however, have caused massive changes over a short period of time that have resulted in serious environmental concerns, including loss of biodiversity.1 We are all aware of the global issues of habitat loss and wildlife extinction around the world, which call for intervention and leadership from governments, academics, and researchers. However, we do not need to look so far as the destruction of tropical forests of Brazil or Borneo; we can see these issues right here in Alberta.

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Death by “Data Deficient”: The Disappearance of Wolverines in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes

BY GILLIAN CHOW-FRASER

Olaus Murie once wrote, “I wonder if there is another inhabitant of northern wilderness that so excites the imagination.”1 The species he was referring to? None other than the wolverine.

More than 60 years later, the same thought ran through my mind as I tracked through the foothills of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. Would this be the day? Would I be able to catch even a brief glimpse of a wolverine’s bushy tail in the distance?

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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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What does Lethbridge, Indiana Jones, and August have in common? An exciting new presentation!This Tuesday, join the Helen Schuler Nature Centre for their next Extreme By Nature series: Archeology! Discover archaeology and Lethbridge’s prehistory with amateur archaeologist Laura Sonnenberg.Visit naturealberta.ca/programs-events-helen-schuler-nature-center-aug22/ for more info📸James DeMers#Youth #Lethbridge #Archeology #Nature #learningisfun ... See MoreSee Less
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What are fantastic sources of Vitamin D, can produce their own light, and have a species that tastes exactly like fried chicken?Mushrooms!Learn more fun-gi facts at this weekend's Mushroom Expo. Join the Alberta Mycological Society tomorrow for guided walks, educational talks, and even a Wild Mushroom Cafe!Visit naturealberta.ca/wild-mushroom-expo/ for all the details.#mushrooms #naturephotography #foraging #outdoors #naturelover #devon ... See MoreSee Less
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Come get to know your six-legged neighbors 🐜 with Ellis Bird Farm's Bug Jamboree! From guided nature walks to traveling exhibits this event will be buzzing with excitement 🐞Flap, crawl, or hop on over to naturealberta.ca/bug-jamboree/ for all the details!#nature #bug #insects #entomology #outside #lacombe ... See MoreSee Less
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We took to the skies with last week's Family Nature Night!🌤 From birdwatching with our binoculars, to learning how light pollution impacts birds, to guided nature walks, everyone's spirts were flying high!🦅Join us *tonight* at Lois Hole Provincial Park where you'll learn how to become a Wetland Champion! Find out more atnaturealberta.ca/family-nature-night-wetland-champions/Special thanks to last week's partners,Nature Calgary, Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society, and all our incredible volunteers for helping make this event so amazing!📸 Abigail Stosky-Rahman#naturehoodab #NatureHood #summer#childhoodunplugged #nature #getoutdoors ... See MoreSee Less
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August 11th is when the next full moon will happen 🌕 And you know what that means? Time for another Full Moon Hike!Join the Friends of Jasper National Park this Thursday for a guided tour of this incredible park by the light of the moon!Learn more at naturealberta.ca/friends-of-jasper-national-parks-programs/📸Klaus Stebani#travelalberta #jasperalberta #hike #fullmoon #getoutdoors #summer2022 ... See MoreSee Less
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If you guessed yesterday's mystery plant was a Saskatoon Bush, you're right!This bush also goes by the name "Juneberry", "Serviceberry", "Sugar pear". With berries that are chock full of antioxidants, protein, and fiber, this native Albertan plant can grow up to 6 m (20ft) tall!Learn more about native plants at naturealberta.ca/plants-and-fungi/#Summer #SaskatoonBerries #NativePlants #NaturePhotography ... See MoreSee Less
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What's this plant? We'll give you a hint: it's not a tree! Look closely at the berries and you might be able to recognize it. Put your guesses in the comments and we'll reveal the answer tomorrow!📸Abigail Stosky-Rahman#NatureNugget #naturelover #gardening #inglewoodbirdsancuary #calgary ... See MoreSee Less
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Why do bluebird feathers turn grey when they're crushed? Because they're not actually blue! It's rare to find blue animals and plants in nature because it's really hard to make the chemicals needed to get that colour. But some animals, like #bluebirds, have a secret trick for looking blue without having to make a pigment.Find out how they do it at naturealberta.ca/why-are-bluebirds-blue/📸Mountain Bluebird by Gerald Romanchuk#naturekids #NatureHood #naturehoodab #colors #nature #science ... See MoreSee Less
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While some puns can be a bit of a spore point, you don't need mushroom to be a fungi! 🍄If you're ready for an adventure of champignons, join the Alberta Mycological Society for their next mushroom foray. Held all across the province, it's a fantastic opportunity to connect with this amazing club and learn about these exceptional organisms! Promise we won't make any more terrible puns. . . Probably 😎Learn more by visiting naturealberta.ca/mushroom-forays-aug22/#mushrooms #nature #foraging #albertaproud #summer ... See MoreSee Less
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