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Here you'll find the latest news and media releases from CPAWS Southern Alberta.

Jun 21 17

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Building An Urban Conservation Ethic
While much of CPAWS Southern Alberta’s work focuses on protection of our world-class wilderness and parks, there is an important link between wild and urban areas that is often overlooked. Calgary, and most urban centres in Southern Alberta, are in key locations, allowing easy access to wilderness. However, this close proximity also means that our actions, whether outside or within our cities, affects the larger landscape we live in.

Jun 21 17

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Celebrating Education and Stewardship Action
At CPAWS Southern Alberta we are celebrating our successes this year, as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of our education programs. We had another extremely successful school year in 2016-2017, surpassing our targets, developing new programs to add to our repertoire, engaging more students than ever in environmental action, and continuing to receive positive feedback from participants. We delivered 426 programs to over 8000 youth, teachers, and adult new immigrants!

Jun 21 17

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Making Connections Between Urban and Wild Lands
While we often think of conservation in the context of remote wilderness areas, it is vital to look at the big picture and recognize that cities play an important part in biodiversity and water conservation. With more than 80% of Albertans living in urban areas, it is important to consider the role our cities and towns play in conserving biodiversity and water resources in the larger landscape.

Jun 21 17

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Nose Hill: A Lifetime of Nature Connection
One of the flowing favorite places of my life has been Nose Hill Park. My mother and father were important in the fight to save it as a park in Calgary during the 1970s. Growing up, as kids, living in a nearby community, we played and explored there often. We also were regaled with stories of the “Spy Hill Jail” and dangerous men wandering about, maybe escaped convicts. It was this big beautiful hill of exploration and adventure and it also was an ominous place of danger. But mostly, it represented wonder, wildness and nature to kids growing up in an urban environment.

Jun 07 17

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CPAWS Capture the Canadian Wild Canada 150 Photo Contest winners announced
A dramatic photograph of a climber scaling a wall of ice in Waterton Lakes National Park has captured the grand prize in the CPAWS Capture the Canadian Wild Canada 150 national photo contest.

Jun 01 17

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Capture the Wild photo contest update
The winners of the CPAWS Capture the Wild contest will be announced on June 7th - noon MDT.

Mar 16 17

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CPAWS Welcomes Continued Investments in Parks in Alberta Budget 2017
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Southern and Northern Alberta chapters welcome today’s announcement by the government of Alberta that, as part of Budget 2017, “Working to Make Life Better,” Alberta is committed to investing in the province’s parks and protected areas, public lands management, and wildlife.

Mar 01 17

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Thomas Porter: One Fateful Day - a return to nature
I used to be the guy with the nice house in suburbia, the double-car garage, white picket fence and two dogs. I was proud of my accomplishments and believed whole-heartedly that I deserved the ‘things’ that I had – things like a boat, a camper, a 4WD truck and a dirtbike.

Feb 06 17

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CPAWS Celebrates Historic Return of Bison to Banff National Park
"CPAWS is very supporting of the re-introduction of bison in Banff National Park." Anne-Marie Syslak, Exective Director, CPAWS Southern Alberta

Jan 30 17

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CPAWS contributes recommendations to Minister’s Round Table on Parks Canada
Our national parks are supposed to be our most protected natural areas. Yet, for almost a decade CPAWS has observed a significant shift in Parks Canada's management of our national parks away from their legislative first priority of protecting nature towards a more tourism and marketing-focused agenda which is putting wildlife and wilderness in our national parks at risk.

Jan 20 17

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Castle Protection Edges Alberta Closer to Conservation Milestone
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) are praising the formal designation of the Castle Wildland and Provincial Parks by Premier Notley, Minister’s Phillips and Minister Miranda today.

Jan 08 17

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CPAWS Responds to Parks’s Announcement of Public Consultation on the Proposed Icefields Trail
Parks Canada has announced that it will be consulting with Canadians on the proposed “Icefields Trail” project, a new bike and walking trail from Jasper to the Columbia Icefield. This project was announced with no prior public discussion in the 2016 federal budget, which allocated $65.9 million to the project, raising many questions regarding the origin of the project and the transparency of Park’s Canada’s decision and project approval process.

Dec 13 16

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Protecting Headwaters Creates Debate, Wins Praise in Alberta Legislature
The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) are applauding a private members motion passed in the Alberta Legislature on December 12, 2016. Written by Cam Westhead, MLA for Banff-Cochrane the motion reads: "Be it resolved that the Legislative Assembly urge the Government to increase its efforts to conserve and manage public lands in Alberta’s headwater regions to optimize downstream water security for future generations of Albertans.”

Sep 27 16

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Bison panel featured at CPAWS Southern Alberta annual general meeting
Calgary, Alta. Sept. 25 - Bison experts will lead a panel discussion, The Bison Belong and Beyond, following the annual general meeting of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Southern Alberta chapter (CPAWS SAB), in Calgary on Sept. 29, 2016.

Sep 21 16

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CPAWS partners with Tim Horton Children’s Foundation to bring environmental education to camp-goers
CPAWS Southern Alberta partners with Tim Horton Children’s Foundation camps to help underprivileged youth connect to nature and become environmental stewards

Sep 20 16

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Artist Lisa Thomson is inspired to capture the beauty of nature on canvas
Using primarily oils, Lisa Thomson captures nature's beauty on canvas.

Sep 20 16

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Nature in Alberta is a breath of fresh air for Myra Paul
Myra Paul's appreciation for Canada's green spaces and fresh air inspires her to volunteer as CPAWS Southern Alberta sponsorship coordinator.

Sep 20 16

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Students role play to learn what hazards wildlife face
Grizzly Bears Forever is a student activity where students learn how important it is for young animals to disperse, find a home and spread the family genes into another area. By taking on the role of their favourite animal, students try to help their offspring disperse into new habitat areas - or deal with the horrible consequences!

Sep 20 16

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Long before Pokemon Go, there was geocaching
Before the Pokemon Go craze a quieter subculture was searching for secret stashes at specified coordinates, a pursuit called geocaching.

Sep 19 16

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New report: more work needed to protect the Castle Park
A new report released earlier this month by Global Forest Watch Canada raises concerns about land-use in the new Castle Wildland and Provincial Parks.

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