The Implications of Shifting Baselines on Nature Conservation

By Steph Weizenbach / 22 July 2022


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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Shall We Gather at the River?
Irrigation and the Future of Southern Alberta’s Rivers

By Steph Weizenbach / 24 April 2022


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 Steph Weizenbach / 24 April 2022

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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Flying Buffalo: Establishing new bison populations via air transport

By Steph Weizenbach / 5 April 2022

Tues, April 12 at 7 PM
Registration required

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Winter Reopening!

By Nature Kids / 7 February 2022

The Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation is now open for the winter!

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Contributors To Conflict And Coexistence With Urban Coyotes

By Steph Weizenbach / 31 January 2022

Nature Alberta’s Nature Network Speaker Series
Recording Now Available

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Deadly Highway: Road and Rail Fatalities are Decimating Jasper Park’s Wildlife

By Steph Weizenbach / 28 January 2022


Protected from hunting year-round, Jasper’s elk have lost their fear of humans, and tend to concentrate along highways and in the townsite. There are two main reasons for this: they are attracted by grassy clearings, and there are fewer wolves here than in the backcountry. However, the elk’s anti-predator strategy of staying near human habituation increases the risk of colliding with vehicles and trains.

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Beaver - T. LePrieur

Beaver Monitor Volunteer

By Nature Kids / 19 January 2022

Help the Friends of Elk Island Society monitor beaver occupancy!

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Board of Directors

By Nature Kids / 18 January 2022

Volunteer Opportunity
Alberta Native Plant Council

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Two adult coyotes.

Reducing Human-Coyote Conflict Volunteers

By Nature Kids / 18 January 2022

The Edmonton Urban Coyote Project at the University of Alberta is looking for volunteers to test an approach that could reduce human-coyote conflicts.

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