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EMERALD AWARD FINALIST – Community Group or Not-for-Profit Association: Large Organization This year, Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) celebrates 20 years of conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish and wildlife populations and their habitat for Albertans to value, enjoy and use. While the core of their work in fisheries, wildlife and land has remained consistent, how they do their work has evolved over their two decades – from adopting drones and solar-powered off-site watering technologies to building positive long-term partnerships with landowners, municipalities and industry. With visionary leadership from a board consisting of leading conservation organizations in Alberta, ACA has grown into an organization with a clear sense of purpose and a drive to succeed. Looking forward...
The Taber Pheasant Festival is just around the corner and is a highlight for many hunters who enjoy wing shooting. Efforts by the Alberta Conservation Association and other conservation groups are ensuring pheasant hunts are available beyond the Taber event and at the same time working towards improving pheasant habitat.
First Nation Chiefs from Alberta say a government plan that will dictate the future of Alberta's oilsands region heavily favours industrial development over environmental preservation, and they are prepared to sue if that doesn't change.
Local photographer Dee Cresswell gives us a look at some of the province's amazing fauna.
This week I sit down with … well, rather I go fishing with Todd Zimmerling who has been at the helm of the Alberta Conservation Association for the past decade. We chat about the how and why the ACA was formed some 20-years ago. Like any new association, there were growing pains as the ACA set about the task of working with some well-established conservation groups across the province. It was a massive undertaking, but the effort has paid off as the variety of projects undertaken by the ACA on behalf of all Albertans has resulted in, a greater understanding of our habitat and the wildlife and fish that call Alberta home.
ALBERTA, CANADA — A baby beaver who was rescued by an Canadian conservation center in 2016 and gained internet fame as the 'lonely beaver' is lonely no more, because she has found a new friend. According to Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation, the 5-week-old baby beaver was found alone on a golf course in northwest Calgary with wounds on her tail. The beaver kit was admitted to the conservation center for recovery, where she has since stayed. Netizens noticed the female rodent was living alone, they quickly nicknamed her "the lonely beaver." However, things are about to change for the better. Earlier this year, a 2-year-old male beaver was admitted to the conservation center after he was found in a storm drain with a bite wound on his lower back. As beavers live better when t...
The private life of the Peregrine Falcons being observed with brand new camera technology that allows streaming video online. Alberta Conservation Association installs specialized equipment to follow these protected species in their nesting site.
At the 2013 Alberta Soil Science Workshop, Rob Dunn introduced the work beginning on a conservation offset pilot in SE Alberta. Working with farmers and ranchers, Alberta Agriculture is coordinating the pilot as it works through the economic models and land agreements to convert cropland into native pasture with habitat for SE Alberta wildlife and native plants. In exchange for this conversion, farmers and ranchers would be eligible for voluntary conservation offset payments from oil and gas firms with developments in SE Alberta. Rob Dunn outlines the framework and partners for the pilot project. Rob Dunn is an Agricultural Land Management Specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development in Lethbridge, Alberta
We spend some time with determined recruits at the Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy in Hinton. Training scenarios help the recruits learn some real-life skills including how to navigate muddy and rocky roads.
The Alberta Fish and Game Association has been a voice in Alberta since 1908. In commemoration of its centennial a 569 page, full colour book has been produced. This award-winning publication details the trials and tribulations of keeping wildlife wild and habitat strong. A must read for anyone even slightly interested in the outdoors!
The sharp-tailed grouse is a native game bird that makes its home in the prairies, parklands and forest openings of Alberta. For much of the year the sharp-tailed grouse is a quiet, well-camouflaged bird; however, its spring shenanigans are undoubtedly one of the most impressive spectacles in Alberta's natural history calendar. Sharp-tailed grouse perform spring courtship displays on communal "dancing grounds", called leks. Here males compete for breeding opportunities by displaying their "dancing" ability to females. Leks are found in areas with dry open ground, where dancing activity keeps the vegetation well-trampled. Leks are used over several weeks beginning in late March and are often used for years, even decades. They are an important part of sharp-tailed grouse life, and the loss...
A day in the life of an Alberta Fish and Wildlife officer in Edmonton. Though they focus on fish and wildlife, they must be prepared for anything. They enforce many federal and provincial acts and regulations, and even the criminal code. We ride along and see several lawbreakers caught in the act.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) Alberta Region hosted a Conservation Volunteers event at the H.G. Lawrence property. This lakeside property is a mosaic of landscapes, including 800 metres of shoreline, several smaller wetlands and their associated riparian areas, aspen forest, native and tame grasslands and an inlet that drains into the lake. In addition to the deer, moose and coyotes that frequent the property, ospreys and white American pelicans use the land around Pine Lake for nesting. A rare button sprite snail has also been discovered at the lake, for which NCC will attempt to maintain habitat. Video production: Jill Roberts Communications Music: "Blue" by Paul Bezooyen To learn more about NCC's Conservation Volunteers program and how you can get involved, visit http://w...