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Fisher in a tree.

A Story of Mammals in Alberta’s Beaver Hills Biosphere Reserve

15 January 2020

BY FRANCES STEWART

I was walking through an aspen forest in the UNESCO Beaver Hills Biosphere Reserve (BHB), 50 km east of Edmonton and south of Elk Island National Park. The first rays of sunlight were peeking through the trees and shining off the fresh snow on this crisp January morning. It was silent, still. I could see my breath shimmering in front of me like the beautiful hoar frost on the surrounding branches. A perfect morning for live-trapping fisher.

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Alberta Lake Management Society Summer Webinar Series

29 October 2020

The Alberta Lake Management Society put on a Summer Webinar Series every Friday morning in September and recordings of these webinars are available on their website! Learn more here!

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Alberta Native Plant Council Plant Study Groups

29 October 2020

Join the Alberta Native Plant Council Plant Study Group webinars every second Thursday starting October 15th, 2020 until December 10th, 2020!

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Family at Little Fish Lake Provincial Park

Alberta Provincial Parks and Natural Areas Face Closure: A Nature Alberta Perspective

30 October 2020

BY RICHARD SCHNEIDER

The Alberta government has announced its intention to remove 164 of 473 sites from the Alberta parks system. This move is part of a broader initiative to reduce government spending.

Nature Alberta is opposed to this proposal for several reasons.

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Alberta’s Conservation Data Centre Needs Help

30 October 2020

BY LINDA KERSHAW

Most Canadians aren’t aware of the national network of Conservation Data Centres (CDCs) that operate across the country under the umbrella of NatureServe Canada. Each province or territory has its own CDC, with the exception of Atlantic Canada which has a regional system. Alberta’s CDC is referred to as the Alberta Conservation Information Management Centre (ACIMS).

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Alberta’s Bull Trout Need Our Respect — and Our Help

16 August 2020

BY JENNIFER EARLE

Bull trout seem to be the Rodney Dangerfield of fish — they get no respect. They are the official provincial fish of Alberta, yet this distinction hasn’t served them particularly well. They are listed as Threatened under both provincial and federal legislation. So how did we get here?

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Big brown bat

Bat House Monitoring at Ellis Bird Farm

15 October 2020

BY SHAYE HILL, MYRNA PEARMAN, CLAUDIA LIPSKI, AND NATALIA LIFSHITZ

Bats are fascinating creatures, playing a critical role in supporting biodiversity.

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Beaverhill Bird Observatory BirdSmart Program

30 October 2020

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

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Bohemian Waxwings

15 January 2020

BY MYRNA PEARMAN

It is always a treat when a winter flock of Bohemian Waxwings suddenly descends on the cotoneaster bushes in our yard. No matter the weather, their constant trilling fills the air and they devour the berries with great flourish. Although always in constant motion, they usually allow close approach – a photographer’s delight!

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Can Smartphones Kill Trout?

30 April 2020

BY MICHAEL SULLIVAN

Unlike birders, we fish lovers can seldom go to a lake or river and simply “see” a fish. To see one, we usually need to catch it, hence The Dilemma. I practice catch-and-release fishing with near religious fervor, but even with my professional and personal experience of handling thousands of fish they are sometimes hurt and, sometimes, they die. The question is: can such occasional losses from catch-and-release fishing be safely ignored or are they a cause for concern?

It turns out that this question is harder to answer than one might expect.

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Edmonton Native Plant Society AGM

30 October 2020

The Edmonton Native Plant Society is hosting their Annual General Meeting on November 4th, 2020

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Friends of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society Snake Safety Presentations

30 October 2020

The Friends of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society offer snake safety presentations!

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J.J. Collett Natural Area Foundation Nature Walk

20 September 2020

If you live in or around Lacombe, one of our wonderful Nature Alberta Clubs, the J.J. Collett Natural Area Foundation, is hosting a nature walk with a local naturalist on Sunday October 4th at 2:00pm!

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Making Sense of Recent Shifts in Environmental Policy — And What To Do About It

15 August 2020

BY RICHARD R. SCHNEIDER

Twelve years ago, Alberta had an epiphany. We came to understand that the future we were constructing was not the future we wanted to live in. This idea was crystallized in a groundbreaking document called the Alberta Land-Use Framework.

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Nature Calgary Field Trips

29 October 2020

Nature Calgary has many field trips planned for the next few weeks, learn more here!

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Rabbits and Hares

16 August 2020

BY MYRNA PEARMAN

It has been my good fortune to have spent, over the past few years, some quality time in the company of each of Alberta’s three native “bunny” species. All three species — which include two hares and one rabbit — have adapted well to human habitation, taking up residence in farmyards, towns, and cities across the province.

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Recovery of Ord’s Kangaroo Rats on the Suffield National Wildlife Area

30 April 2020

BY PAT FARGEY

Kangaroo rats get their name from their large back legs and feet that they use to hop in a fashion reminiscent of Australian kangaroos. They are sometimes confused with the smaller western jumping mouse, which is also a hind foot jumper.

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Strathcona Wilderness Centre Fall Open House

13 September 2020

Our friends at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre are having their Fall Open House on Sunday September 27th from 11:00am-4:00pm! This event is FREE and family friendly but you must register for activities ahead of time!

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The Society of the Grasslands Naturalists Field Trip

30 October 2020

The Society of the Grasslands Naturalists Field Trip Wednesday November 11th, 2020!

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Underground Life

16 August 2020

BY GAIL MICHENER

Richardson’s ground squirrels are regularly seen above ground during daylight hours for seven to eight months of the year, but rarely from late October through late February, generating the perception that they hibernate for a four-month period encompassing winter. Winter does not last that long, so what accounts for such extraordinarily long hibernation seasons?

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Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society Halloween Hike

30 October 2020

Join the Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society for a Halloween Hike Saturday, October 31st, 2020!

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