Attack of the Killer Goldfish!

Okay, well goldfish may not kill you, but they can certainly kill our ecosystems if they are let loose in Alberta’s waters! Goldfish are showing up all over the province – and not just in pet stores or your aquarium at home.

Infestations have been found in storm water ponds at alarming rates over the last few years. How did they get there? People have been releasing their unwanted pets into the neighbourhood ponds behind their homes thinking this is more humane than other alternatives. Continue reading

Alberta’s watersheds – going right to the source

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Albertans don’t always think about the water they drink, play in and rely on every day – it is often taken for granted. So where does that clean water that flows out of the tap when you turn it on come from? It depends entirely on where you live in the province! Continue reading

Pining for recovery

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Ancient limber pine tree

When most people think about species at risk in Alberta, wildlife like bull trout, caribou, or burrowing owls probably come to mind. What people usually forget is that Alberta has many plant species at risk too – mostly in the prairies. Alberta has two endangered tree species: whitebark pine and limber pine. Both of these species grow in the Rocky Mountains and limber pine also grows in the adjacent foothills, so working with these endangered species always involves spectacular scenery, starring these gnarled spreading trees, and hiking or helicopter access. Continue reading

An old meaning to live streaming

 

Riparian…say whaaat?

It may sound like some kind of prehistoric creature, but riparian refers to the strips of green vegetation alongside streams, creeks, rivers, lakes, sloughs and other bodies of water. Riparian areas are found across Alberta: in northern boreal forest, parkland, foothills, mountains and prairie grasslands. Although riparian areas make up a small percentage of the landscape, they are definitely a big deal. Riparian areas have far reaching benefits to water, land, livestock, wildlife and humans.

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Household hazardous waste – think before it hits the sink

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Have you come close to throwing something out and wondered, “Can I just toss this in the trash?” Not everything can safely go into household trash – items like leftover cleaners, motor oil, light bulbs and aerosol cans are likely household hazardous waste (HHW) and require special disposal. Continue reading

Western Canada unites to prevent aquatic invasion

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Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Yukon Territory have joined forces to prevent and manage aquatic invasive species and have formalized this commitment by signing a joint agreement to keep these threats at bay.

The Inter-provincial-territorial Agreement for Coordinated Regional Defence Against Invasive Species is a step towards enhanced partnerships between jurisdictions on both prevention and response of invasive species in Western Canada.

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Caught in the act!

Looking out for our land – thank you!

Environment and Parks staff asked the public’s assistance in identifying two men who were photographed dumping refuse on public lands.

In less than 24 hours, we had an overwhelming response. The link was shared across several platforms, resulting in information being forwarded to our compliance investigation staff.

As a reminder, leaving refuse behind on public lands is problematic for the environment and it deprives other Albertans from enjoying and using that space responsibly. As a rule of thumb for our environment – when in doubt, leave only footprints and take only pictures.

As Albertans, we have an important role in keeping our province’s public lands healthy and beautiful. If you witness misuse anywhere, at any time, please call the Environmental Hotline at 800-222-6514. If we all work together, we can put a stop to this kind of disrespectful behaviour.

Trim that waste – recycle!

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It’s Waste Reduction Week Alberta! For the province’s regulated recycling programs – there’s nothing they like more than trash talk.

In Alberta, we have regulated recycling programs for paint, some electronics, tires, used oil materials, and beverage containers. Continue reading

Look Out Aquatic Invasives…There are New Dogs in Town!

Aquatic invasive species, including zebra and quagga mussels, are serious threats to Alberta’s waterways. The province is so committed to keeping Alberta mussel-free that mussel-sniffing dogs are now a permanent addition to the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program.

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Adventures ahead for the new Environment and Parks Ministry

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development is now Alberta Environment and Parks. With our new face comes the opportunity to bring even more new content and bring our readers on amazing adventures through the work we do.

This blog isn’t the only site that has been refreshed – also check out the new Alberta Environment and Parks website and twitter account.

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