ALBERTA'S COAL POLICY REINSTATED DUE TO PUBLIC PRESSURE

Today's announcement demonstrates that grassroots voices can make a real difference in ensuring that Alberta's special places remain protected.

This is s a welcome reprieve for future development in the Eastern Slopes. We urge concerned citizens to continue to press for a full stop on exploration and development activities until public consultation is completed and appropriate protections are in place.

DEFEND OUR PARKS: SUCCESS!

The government’s plan to delist 164 parks from Alberta’s park system has been rescinded! Let’s take a moment to celebrate a victory for the environment, and reflect on the power of collective action to effect change. Way to go!

Read our full statement on this exciting news!

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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 Summer issue delivered to your mailbox, subscribe by October 1, 2021.

FEATURE STORY

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Plight of the Bumble Bee

21 July 2021

BY NICHOLAS BOYCE

There is a good chance you have heard the slogan “save the bees” somewhere, perhaps on social media or on a flyer at the local coffee shop. But to clarify, which bees does this sentiment refer to? Which bees need saving? Read about the plight of the bumble bee, who cares, what is being done and, most importantly, what you can do to save the bees.

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Nature Alberta’s 50th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser

Wed, October 20 at 6 PM

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Beaverhill Bird Observatory BirdSmart Program

The Beaverhill Bird Observatory offers an exciting education outreach program called BirdSmart! Learn more here!

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Dancing Without a Stage – The State of the Greater Sage-Grouse

BY TIMOTHY SHAPKA

As of 2020, the Alberta population of greater sage-grouse was estimated to be 72 individuals — down from the thousands that were present when we started keeping track in 1968. Timothy Shapka reviews the causes of the decline and what is being done to recover the species.

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Wood Buffalo National Park in Danger

The World Heritage Committee determined that the deteriorating condition of Wood Buffalo National Park World Heritage site could constitute justification for formally listing it as a World Heritage Site in Danger, and that an investigation into the situation is warranted.

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Alberta Environmental Policy Update – July 2021

In this post we examine the changes in Alberta environmental policies that have occurred over the past year.

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Rare Alberta Birds Get Close Scrutiny

The Alberta Bird Record Committee (ABRC) is the body responsible for evaluating records of rare birds in the province. It periodically publishes the results of its deliberations, and its newest report, the thirteenth in the series, is now available. The report documents the Committee’s decisions on almost 90 records of bird rarities that have been recorded in the province over a span of about six years.

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Out of Sight: How Scientists are Listening in on Nature in Alberta

BY RICHARD HEDLEY

Imagine being a biologist: do you want to go on a long difficult journey to reach a site to conduct a breeding bird survey at dawn…or wheel your rollie chair over to your desk to use an acoustic survey? What are the cons of this scenario, if any? And how does it stack up to traditional surveys?

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Plight of the Bumble Bee

BY NICHOLAS BOYCE

There is a good chance you have heard the slogan “save the bees” somewhere, perhaps on social media or on a flyer at the local coffee shop. But to clarify, which bees does this sentiment refer to? Which bees need saving? Read about the plight of the bumble bee, who cares, what is being done and, most importantly, what you can do to save the bees.

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The Swift Fox: A Canadian Conservation Success Story

BY LU CARBYN, NIKKI PASKAR, KRISTY BLY, AND RICHARD SCHNEIDER

The swift fox reintroduction program successfully brought the fastest member of the wild dog family’s population from Extirpated to Endangered, and finally to Threatened. Although it began with an illegal publicity stunt by a game farm, structured efforts soon followed. Habitat conservation continues to be a key issue for swift fox populations.

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Making Sense of the Situation in Alberta’s East Slopes

If you are like most people, you may be having a hard time keeping track of what is going on in the East Slopes. First, the coal policy was rescinded. Then it was reinstated — sort of. Leases were awarded and then leases were cancelled. Yet a major coal mine is in the final stages of review. Keep reading to make sense of it all and keep your head from spinning!

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Zoom in for Fungi in the Environment: from decomposition to the “wood-wide web” with Dr. Heather Addy, tonight (Thurs, Sept 23) at 7:30 pm as the Red Deer River Naturalists kick off our Nature Network Speaker Series! Zoom link here: us02web.zoom.us/j/83331967126#NatureNetwork #NatureHood #NatureHoodab ... See MoreSee Less
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I often describe Nature Alberta as a forest. There are many member clubs who make up the trees in our forest. We have a wonderful network of forest creatures (that’s you!) who fill various niches to help our forest thrive. Many even volunteered to plant over 600 real trees in the Edmonton region this summer!You can plant a seed in our forest today by donating. Your donation will be matched 6 times and placed into our endowment fund to help our forest grow, long into the future. Happy #NationalTreeDay! naturealberta.ca/donate/#naturenetwork ... See MoreSee Less
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Spend an evening in the woods with the Beaverhill Bird Observatory - BBO biologists to learn about the research being conducted on our feathery friends and hopefully see a live owl up close and personal! Find out much more here: www.eventbrite.ca/e/owl-banding-at-the-beaverhill-bird-observatory-tickets-170082807255📸 Northern Saw-whet Owl by Gerald Romanchuk ... See MoreSee Less
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Zoom in for Fungi in the environment: from decomposition to the “wood-wide web” with Dr. Heather Addy on Sept 23 at 7:30 PM as the Red Deer River Naturalists kick off our Nature Network Speaker Series this Fall!naturealberta.ca/red-deer-river-naturalists-present-fungi-in-the-environment-with-dr-heather-addy/#Naturenetwork ... See MoreSee Less
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We had an amazing evening celebrating our Family Nature Night volunteers and experts. These extraordinary people donated their time to inspire the next generation of naturalists by connecting 566 adults and children to nature. They created positive experiences at our events that have formed memories that will nurture a long-lasting relationship with nature. Thank you. We enjoyed our own nature adventure at the Larch Sanctuary with the beautiful beginnings of fall colours.#NatureHood #naturehoodab ... See MoreSee Less
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We’re celebrating World Migratory Bird Day and BLESS’s 30th Anniversary at Big Lake today! Join us at Lois Hole Centennial Park from 10 am to 4 pm for pond dipping, crafts, interactive migration maps, free giveaways, and much more!naturealberta.ca/nature-programs-at-lois-hole-provincial-park/#NatureKids #NatureHoodAB #NatureHood ... See MoreSee Less
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Find out how citizen science combined with satellite data can monitor changes in lake volume, and how road salts impact our freshwaters, by joining the 1st day of the Alberta Lake Management Society’s Fall Webinar Series. Info on the entire Fall Webinar Series available here: alms.ca/2021-webinar-series/📸Astotin Lake Sunset by Gerald Romanchuk ... See MoreSee Less
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Nature Kids 🦗 Find all the creepy crawlies on Nature Alberta’s Bug Scavenger Hunt! We’ve added helpful hints at naturealberta.ca/bugs/ along with instructions to receive your Bugs-pert prize pack for finding all of the bugs! What is your favourite bug to find?📸Grasshopper by Gerald Romanchuk#NatureKids #NatureHood #NatureHoodAB ... See MoreSee Less
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