Green Bites - Enews August 2016

August 2016

SPOTLIGHT ON CONSERVATION

Have your say about outdoor recreation in Alberta

The University of Calgary and Outdoor Council of Canada are conducting a survey on non-motorized recreation in Alberta. It may help bring more government resources to non-motorized recreational activities. Take the Survey Here! Deadline for survey is September 9. (Survey is over)

Whirling Disease found in Johnson Lake

On August 23, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed the presence of whirling disease in fish from Johnson Lake in Banff National Park. This is the first time this disease has been identified in Canada. Conservation of fish habitats is more important than ever. Read more.

TREADING LIGHTLY IN NATURE

Debbie instructs student in outdoor painting techniques

Photo by Elizabeth S. Cannon

Taking art outdoors

Local artist Debbie.Lee Miszaniec goes outdoors in nature to practice plein air painting (French for open air) and shows others how to do the same.  READ MORE.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

National award for CPAWS Southern Alberta

CPAWS received the Award of Excellence in Environmental Education for an Outstanding Non-Profit Organization in a special ceremony on August 27 from the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM). Why did we win this prestigious award? Read More.

PEOPLE IN NATURE

Marcella Garcia-Carrillo, Volunteer Manager

CPAWS relies on great volunteers to help us achieve our conservation initiatives; therefore, Marcella Garcia-Carrillo’s role as the volunteer coordinator is an important one. See what she loves about nature and volunteering with CPAWS. READ MORE.

OUR PARTNERS IN CONSERVATION

The Alpine Club of Canada

Thanks to our first sponsor for the CPAWS Wild Soiree coming up in March of 2017.  The upcoming year is very special for CPAWS Southern Alberta’s as we celebrate 50 years in conservation with much gratitude to our community of supporters.

INSPIRED BY NATURE

Aryan lived beside the mountains she climbed as a youth in Tehran and later she learned to paint them. She migrated to Calgary where the mountains and Alberta sky became her muses. Aryan’s paintings comprise earthy organic motifs of nature, often highlighting humanity’s natural relationship to earth.

Aryan Ahangarani is a watercolour artist and instructor living in Calgary, Alberta. For more information visit Aryan-gallery.com

EVENTS

CPAWS AGM this September

Join us for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Southern Alberta Chapter Annual General Meeting following by a panel discussion: Bison Belong and Beyond.
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016
• 6:30 pm    AGM begins. Followed by light refreshments
• 7:30 pm    Panel Discussion: The Bison Belong and Beyond
Location: Mamdan Opera Centre, 1315 7 Street, SW Calgary

Conference: Education on Planet Earth

CPAWS Education Director Jaclyn Angotti has two presentations at the Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE) conference: Education on Planet Earth on October 6 & 7 in Calgary.
10:15 – 11am Bearfaced Biology – Uncovering science and conservation through bear biology
1:15 - 2:15 pm Take Action! Teach Curriculum through Environmental Stewardship

Calling all under 30’s!

Win outdoor prizes and build valuable networks while learning about the watershed with The Great Waters Challenge. Interested? Check out our website to find out more.

News Flash

Conservation groups fear the recent plan released to protect caribou from extinction is not strong enough.