Featured Species

What Happened to the Northern Leopard Frog?

28 January 2022

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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Black-capped Chickadee Fluffed Up - Tony LePrieur

Weathering Winter with Chickadees

28 January 2022

Alberta is home to four chickadee species. Black-capped chickadees are the most common and widespread. They are found across the entire province and are not only the easiest bird species to attract to backyard bird feeders, but also hold the distinction of being Canada’s most common feeder species. Their small size, cheery countenance, and remarkable hardiness endear them to their human neighbours.

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When Bison Fly

24 January 2022

BY WES OLSON
Wes Olson worked as a National Park Warden for Parks Canada for over three decades, and … had the rare opportunity to see bison fly — albeit by airplane and helicopter.

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Black-footed Ferret Kits. Ryan Moehring.

The Case of the Missing Prairie Bandit

2 November 2021

BY ARYA HORON

One hundred years ago, the prairie bandit was abundant across North America grasslands. By 1979, scientists believed it was extinct. This led to the question: where did the prairie bandit go?

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Grizzly Bear by Rick Price

Bear Tracks

2 November 2021

BY COLLEEN CASSADY ST. CLAIR

How can we protect grizzly bears from trains in the mountain parks?

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Spotted Sandpiper standing over the water
Spotted Sandpiper by Myrna Pearman

Spotting Spotted Sandpipers

2 November 2021

BY MYRNA PEARMAN

As I approached the west shoreline, I noticed a pair of spotted sandpipers bobbing along a small stretch of beach. As I paddled closer, two little fluffballs suddenly materialized!

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Greater Sage-Grouse by Ron Hayes

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

1 August 2021

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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Muskrat by Tony Leprieur

Muskrats Up Close

1 August 2021

BY TONY LEPRIEUR

Muskrats are plenty interesting swimming in the water, but it’s when they come out of the water that their personality shines.

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Rocky Mountain Wood Ticks (Dermacentor andersoni) by Dan Johnson, Lethbridge

Ticked Off

21 July 2021

As you get ready for bed, your mind wanders and you think, “Did I lock the door? Did I turn off the stove? Did I blow out that candle…?” But did you remember to check for unwanted guests that may have hitched a ride home with you on your afternoon hike? It could be that tiny pests are ready to dig in for a feast!

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Swift Fox by Gordon Court
Swift Fox by Gordon Court

The Swift Fox: A Canadian Conservation Success Story

22 April 2021

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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