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The government’s plan to delist 164 parks from Alberta’s park system has been rescinded!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!

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Two adult coyotes.
Two coyotes at home in one of Calgary's natural areas. TONY LE PRIEUR

Keep Those Wily Urban Coyotes Wild!

22 January 2021

BY COLLEEN CASSADY ST. CLAIR

I began studying urban coyotes a little over a decade ago because Alberta’s cities, like virtually every city in North America, have seen a steady increase in reports of urban coyotes over time.

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Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society – Annual Conference

March 22-26

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Edmonton Nature Club Speaker Series: Canada’s Grassland Birds

March 12th at 7 PM

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ANPC Winter Plant Study Webinars: Growing Native Plants

March 11th, 2021

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Inspired by Nature: Youth Art Exibition – Call for Artists

Friends of Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society
Feb 10 – Sept 15, 2021

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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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A Fisheye View of Cumulative Effects in Alberta’s Southern East Slopes

BY SARAH MILLIGAN

The southern East Slopes region is both busy and ecologically significant. However, no landscape can provide an inexhaustible supply of benefits to humans. And in the southern East Slopes region, there are growing indications that a tipping point has been reached.

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Ellis Bird Farm Ltd. - Lacombe AB is preparing for the arrival of Mountain Bluebirds! 🐦They're seeking your help on the first sightings of these beautiful birds. Please email Sandy with the date, time, location, and a picture if you're lucky enough to capture one! Email: svandijk@ellisbirdfarm.ca ORCall: 403-888-0632 | 403-885-4477 ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is #WorldWildlifeDay! Let's share some images of the spectacular species that call Alberta home - post them in the comments.Our planet’s forests face immense environmental challenges and biodiversity loss which affect the species that rely on them for habitat, reproduction and can ultimately alter the livelihoods of communities that live there. ... See MoreSee Less
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🌿 Job Posting: Nature Alberta BookkeeperNature Alberta is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to educating Albertans about nature and promoting conservation. We are searching for a qualified bookkeeper. Your primary role will be to manage our banking transactions and payroll (almost all online), prepare invoices, process donations, and maintain our financial records in Quickbooks. There will also be light office duties, including processing occasional book sales. The time commitment is approximately four hours per week, some of which must be done in the office. Our preference is for someone able to work as an independent contractor.Location: EdmontonPosition: Part-time, permanentSalary: $23-$25/hour Deadline: please submit your resume to exec@naturealberta.ca by Mar. 10, 2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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❄️ Hey, Nature Kids! Looking for some inspiration to get out and enjoy nature with the family this weekend? Adventure awaits! ❄️Read all about the Grande Prairie Trumpeter Swan IBA in our most recent "My BIG Alberta Backyard" magazine feature:naturealberta.ca/my-big-alberta-backyard-grande-prairie-trumpeter-swan-iba/The Nature "Whodunnit" challenge is great fun for kids and parents alike:www.albertaparks.ca/media/6496353/parks-who-dunnit.pdfOr enjoy this winter scavenger hunt:www.albertaparks.ca/media/6496602/winter-scavenger-hunt.pdfIt's going to be a beautiful weekend to get out and explore! 📷: Chelsea Rhodes (www.facebook.com/GetOutside05) ... See MoreSee Less
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World Wildlife Day is just around the corner (March 3), this year's theme is "Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet". Roughly 60% of Alberta is covered in 🌲🌳, with the main type being boreal. This habitat sustains an immense amount of biodiversity and provides us with ecosystem services. Learn more about Alberta's boreal forest from Alberta Wilderness Association> albertawilderness.ca/issues/wildlands/forests/boreal-forest/Read more about this symbolic day > www.wildlifeday.org/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Ready for some DIY Family Nature Fun? Get out and explore Saskatoon Island Provincial Park in the Grande Prairie Trumpeter Swan IBA (Important Bird and Biodiversity Area)! Our friend Chelsea is here to give you a quick video virtual visit... 🎥 This park is a short drive from Grande Prairie and is filled with fun things to do all year round... Groomed trails, picnic areas with hibachi BBQs (bring your own wood), a playground, and loads of encounters with nature are waiting for you!While you're exploring the area, kids can do this fun scavenger hunt: www.facebook.com/GetOutside05/photos/a.103838681754068/103838301754106/Getting there: www.google.ca/maps/place/Saskatoon+Island+Provincial+Park/@55.1966656,-119.1048009,13.54z/data=!4...A printable trail map is here (page 2):www.albertaparks.ca/media/123338/saskatoon-island-tear-sheet.pdfWe hope you have the chance to check out this beautiful natural area! Happy Exploring!!!fb.watch/3SxHJMIrhz/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Experience Nature: "Tune in" to events coming this week from our Member Clubs > naturealberta.ca/events/Edmonton Nature Club: Feb 25 - Webinar: Raptor predation on mallardsRed Deer River Naturalists: Feb 25 - Virtual Speaker Night: 25 Years in AfricaHelen Schuler Nature Centre: Feb 26 - Facebook Live Q&A, Ask a Naturalist ... See MoreSee Less
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We're all getting eager to spend more time outside as the weather mellows out! To fully embrace it, check out Nature Calgary and their upcoming guided field trips > naturecalgary.com/field-trips/Don't live in Calgary? Find a Nature Club near you > naturealberta.ca/member-clubs/#Provincial ... See MoreSee Less
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