About AB Enviro & Parks

Public servants working with Albertans to protect our environment.

Clean, Drain and Dry: Pro Tips and Tricks

The Government of Alberta is committed to protecting and maintaining healthy and sustainable fish populations and aquatic ecosystems throughout the province, and the way we work as public servants reflects this.

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Plan ahead. Some gear is very difficult to clean. If you don’t need to use it, don’t! You only need to clean equipment that has been in contact with the water.

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The everyday adventures of a parks interpreter

Story by Scott Sunderwald – Alberta Parks Interpreter

20170708_185052I often say that being an interpreter for Alberta Parks is more of a calling than a job. It takes many years of dedicated seasonal work to prove your salt, and, even then, only a few people are lucky enough to build a full-time career from interpretation.  I try to remember that every day and count my blessings. Continue reading

Fish Alberta – Pigeon Lake

Pigeon Lake is one of Alberta’s most intensively developed and popular lakes. It is located 60 km southwest of Edmonton, within Leduc and Wetaskiwin counties. The lake attracts people for camping, fishing, boating, swimming, many other watersports and relaxation. Continue reading

Avoiding Batty Stowaways

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Does Clean, Drain and Dry Really Work?

WD Life CycleIt seems so simple, almost too simple, how effective are the clean, drain and dry actions in preventing the spread of whirling disease and invasive species?

From oars to inner tubes and flippers to waders, any gear used in water can spread whirling disease or invasive species. By their very nature, aquatic diseases like whirling disease have qualities that allow them to spread and survive adverse conditions. For example, the whirling disease parasite is microscopic and survives in the environment up to 30 years. Whirling disease impacts fish populations, in the Western United States whirling disease caused up to 90% declines in wild fish populations.

The Clean, Drain and Dry practices provide simple and effective direction on how to prevent the spread of whirling disease and aquatic invasive species. Continue reading

The campdown is over – the May long weekend is finally here!

Albertans are eager to get outside and shake off the memory of a long, cold winter. But before you pack up the tent, load the kids and dog into your family vehicle and hit the road for a memorable long weekend adventure, here are a few friendly tips and reminders to keep in mind.

Nature is unpredictable, and your equipment can unexpectedly fail, so planning ahead is the key to an enjoyable and memorable experience.

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Don’t sail through inspection stations – it’s a boat health!

Although spring was slow to arrive this year, yacht to know the aquatic invasive species team has already sprung into action in fight against aquatic invasive species! The mandatory inspection stations have started this year’s search for invasive species on watercraft entering Alberta and have already found the first mussels of 2018 on a sailboat headed for Ghost Lake. When canoe expect all of the stations to be open? They will all have their flashlights out to put a spotlight on these invasive hitchhikers by the end of May, so expect to be inspected!

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Student Action Challenge – One School’s Growing Success

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARobert Thirsk High School has brought its foods program to life thanks to a student with a passion for stewardship, a hands-on natural sciences program and an application to Alberta Environment and Parks Climate and Environment Student Action Challenge. Continue reading

F is for Falconry: Rest and Recovery

Meet Kikki, a gyrfalcon biologists found injured in a field near Beaumont on April 1, 2016.

One year after she was found, Kikki was released back to the wild thanks to the work of Steve Schwartze, who worked with the falcon to get it to peak physical fitness before releasing it in March 2017.

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“To hunt successfully, a bird of prey needs to be firing on all 12 cylinders,” Provincial Wildlife Status Biologist Gordon Court says. “And this is why when injured falcons are helped by wildlife rescue organizations, there can be a lot of work to be done before they can be released back into the wild.”

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Reduce energy and save instantly in the latest round of the Residential Retail Products Program

If you’ve been thinking of upgrading to energy efficient products around your home, now is the time to do it. The Residential Retail Products Program provides instant savings on items like programmable thermostats, water saving devices, and smart power bars – giving Albertans another way to save money and make their homes more comfortable.

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This is one part of a suite of Energy Efficiency Alberta programs that help Albertans improve their home’s energy efficiency to reduce both their energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

This energy and cost savings program is funded in part by the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada.

The campaign starts April 5 and instant savings will be available at hundreds of participating stores across Alberta. To find a location near you and for details on eligible products and related information visit www.efficiencyalberta.ca.