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.

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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The government’s plan to delist 164 parks from Alberta’s park system has been rescinded!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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Where Beavers Go, Surprises Follow

21 April 2021

BY GLYNNIS HOOD

It’s an usually warm day in January and my snowshoes are only partially necessary on the frozen ponds that aid my route through the Ministik Game Bird Sanctuary. As I rest against a beaver lodge to have my tea, I realize that after all these years, there is still so much more to learn about these rodents, which can engineer entire landscapes unlike any other mammal, other than humans.

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SaskatoonWatch on NatureLynx

April 23 to May 31
Hands on Alberta Saskatoon Watch

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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 First, the coal policy was rescinded.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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Alberta Parks Face the Loss of Park Interpreters

Alberta Parks may lose most of their park interpreters. Kate Corrigan explains why interpreters matter and why we should keep them.

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Concerns Regarding a Proposed Irrigation Expansion Project in Southern Alberta

A large-scale project to expand irrigation infrastructure in the South Saskatchewan River Basin has been announced by the government. Environmental groups have raised concerns about the impacts of this project.

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Alberta’s Coal Policy Reinstated

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.

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Coal at What Cost? Alberta’s Endangered Whitebark Pine Under Threat From Benga’s Proposed Coal Mine

Kelsey Fleming reviews the implications of the Benga coal mine on Alberta’s endangered whitebark pine.

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Red Deer River Naturalists requests public consultations on proposed coal developments

The Red Deer River Naturalists Society has requested that the government reopen the public consultation processes for the North Saskatchewan River Regional Plan and enable the public to comment on the cumulative effects of coal development.

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Province Pushes the Pause Button on Coal Development

Energy Minister Sonya Savage has announced that the province will cancel 11 recently issued coal leases and pause future lease sales in the Eastern Slopes.

Unfortunately, a pause is not the same as a stop.

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Society of Grasslands Naturalists Raises Concerns About Land-Use Decisions in the Eastern Slopes

The Society of Grassland Naturalists has raised concerns about land-use decisions in the Eastern Slopes. They urge the premier to adopt an integrated approach to planning that involves public consultations.

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Incredible! This stunning Yellow Warbler was found to be 8 years old, upon recapture at the Beaverhill Bird Observatory - BBO! The oldest known Yellow Warbler was banded and recaptured in New York at 11 years of age.Yellow Warblers mainly eat insects, so are commonly spotted flitting around the tops of willows or shrubs. Listen for them singing “sweet sweet sweet I’m so sweet.”This morning our staff had a very exciting capture! This Yellow Warbler was originally banded at the BBo in 2013 as a hatch year bird, and was recaptured at the BBO once again this morning. That makes this little fellow to be 8 years old!!!Many passerine species can live up to 10 years of age but the chances of them surviving that long are very slim. Luckily it would seem this handsome fella has a trick or two up his wing. 😉 ... See MoreSee Less
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Are you familiar with Alberta Wildflowers? Help us count flowering plants on May 29 & 30 for the May Plant Count! Survey your favourite natural space and record all flowering plants you find, both native and exotic (weeds), and document the flowering stage of each plant. Find out more about participating: naturealberta.ca/may-plant-count/ or email mayplantcount@outlook.com to register and receive your participation package! 📸Shooting Star - Suzanne Visser#citizenscience #MaySpeciesCount @Alberta Native Plant Council ... See MoreSee Less
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The May Species Count has been running since 1976. It includes counts across the province of all species, with a particular interest in birds and flowering plants. The Red Deer River Naturalists are coordinating efforts in Central Alberta. You can get involved and tally the species in your own backyard or in your favourite natural space. naturealberta.ca/central-alberta-may-species-count-2021/ 📸Black-necked Stilts - Gerald Romanchuk#mayspeciescount #citizenscience ... See MoreSee Less
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Kris Kendell, biologist with Alberta Conservation Association, will be introducing the amphibians and gartersnakes of YEG on Zoom this afternoon at 4 PM (May 13). You’ll learn how to ethically find, handle, and ID the slithery and slimy creatures.You should toad-ally register: www.eventbrite.com/e/yeg-biodivercity-challenge-webinar-series-amphibians-and-gartersnakes-regist...📸Boreal Toad by Steph WeizenbachNatureLynx #BiodiverCityChallengeYEG ... See MoreSee Less
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Looking at seasonal variations in spring bloom can say a lot about our changing climate. Help PlantWatch track blooming saskatoon shrubs by snapping photos of the buds and flowers and tagging them with the SaskatoonWatch mission on NatureLynx. Find out more on our webpage: naturealberta.ca/saskatoonwatch-on-naturelynx/View the factsheet: naturealberta.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/NatureLynx-SaskatoonWatch.pdf#naturelynx #naturealberta #plantwatch ... See MoreSee Less
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Join Julie Zickefoose, renowned artist, author and naturalist as she shares her experience Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-luck Jay. More than a wildlife rehab story, Julie shares about life, love and dealing with great loss; of finding grace and redemption in bonding with a wild bird.Join Julie with the Edmonton Nature Club, this Fri May 14 at 7 PM, at the Zoom link on our events page: naturealberta.ca/hard-luck-jay/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Nature Alberta is searching for a Nature Network Assistant who has a passion for nature and enjoys sharing that passion with others. Deadline to apply is May 23, 2021. Find the full job posting here: naturealberta.ca/staff/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Join Alberta Lake Management Society as they explore their key findings from the 2020 LakeWatch program over a Zoom luncheon on Wed, May 12.Find out more and link to register here: naturealberta.ca/2020-lakewatch-key-findings/ ... See MoreSee Less
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It’s World Migratory Bird Day! Get outside and watch the birds with envy as they socialize in large groups, sing to each other, and fight over the best nesting sites. Help us celebrate by sharing your sightings in the comments and on eBird!Find out more: naturealberta.ca/global-big-day/📸Gerald Romanchuk#WorldMigratoryBirdDay #GlobalBigDay #naturehoodab ... See MoreSee Less
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Join the Edmonton Nature Club on May 4 at 7 PM to learn more about using eBird to record your bird sightings. Then practise your new skill on World Migratory Bird Day next Sat, May 8! Find out more about the eBird presentation and World Migratory Bird Day on our Events webpage: naturealberta.ca/events/ #WorldMigratoryBirdDay #ebird #naturehoodab ... See MoreSee Less
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