Managing Grizzlies in Alberta

bigstockphoto_Here_I_Come grizzlySince 2010, Alberta has managed grizzly bears as a Threatened species. The objective is to increase the number of grizzlies on the landscape while reducing risks to people.  Efforts focus on measuring and monitoring grizzly bear population health and managing and mitigating human-bear conflicts.

Recent population inventories completed in southwest and west central Alberta show population growth. Preliminary results from Bear Management Area 5 also indicate population increase.  While this is a good thing, it makes keeping people and bears safe more challenging because it increases the likelihood of human-bear encounters. Continue reading

Fish Alberta – Wabamun Lake

‘Wabamun’ is the Cree word for mirror – It’s an apt name for the large, shallow, calm lake situated 60 kilometers west of Edmonton.

For generations, people living in Alberta have enjoyed Wabamun Lake’s natural beaches, beautiful wilderness and recreational opportunities.

For generations, Albertans have enjoyed swimming, sailing and fishing at Wabamun Lake

The area has three sailing clubs, multiple boat launches, and a provincial park. Surrounded by small communities such as Seba Beach, Rich’s Point, and Ascot Beach, Wabamun Lake attracts people for opportunities to go boating, sailing, swimming, wakeboarding and water skiing. Continue reading

Mix respect with fun this Canada Day

Canada Day long weekend means three days of fun, frivolity and celebration.

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Thousands of Albertans will head outdoors this weekend to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Enforcement officers will be out there too: RCMP, fish and wildlife, conservation officers, park rangers and environmental protection officers.

Respecting the environment is an Albertan thing to do. It’s something the vast majority of Albertans take seriously while enjoying our public lands. But there are still serious abuses, and the Alberta Government is stepping up enforcement to protect our beautiful wild spaces. Continue reading

Join the 30-day challenge to MOVE with the air in mind

We all have to move to get to work and wherever we recreate. Why not move in ways that improve health, promote safety, save money and maintain air quality?

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Starting June 7, Albertans are encouraged to move with the air in mind once a day for 30 days. It could be as simple as walking to the library and borrowing a book on air or reducing idling time by parking and going inside instead of using a drive-thru. When these daily activities become habits and lots of people do them, everyone benefits. You can move on your own or with your family, coworkers, friends or teammates on your way to work, play, home or on a road trip.

Move yourself using human-powered transportation.

Move smart using fuel efficient practices when driving.

Check back daily or follow us on Twitter. We will be adding challenges each day for the next 30 days!


July 6 – Challenge #30

Mend your fuelish ways!

Keep your speed as steady as possible and avoid unnecessary fuel consumption and safety risks.
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Celebrate our vast, complex, interconnected, beautiful environment

For the past 45 years, Canadians have marked the week of June 5 as Environment Week and taken the opportunity to talk about being green – but why do we do it?

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Our environment isn’t just the air we breathe and the water we drink, it’s the plankton that provide oxygen, it’s the bats that reduce pest species, and it’s the worms that make the soil more fertile. It’s a complex web of relationships between all the life with which we share the planet Continue reading

Camping in Castle Provincial Park

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If you’re looking for an amazing camping experience this summer, visit Alberta’s newest provincial park, Castle Provincial Park!

There are four excellent, but basic campgrounds are available at Beaver Mines Lake, Castle Bridge, Castle Falls and Lynx Creek. These have fire pits, vault toilets, garbage services and well graveled roads and camping pads. Recent investments this spring have improved pad size and most are rather spacious with privacy between sites. These are first-come, first-served sites. You fill out a permit and pay when you arrive.

Castle Provincial Park is also an ideal destination for campers looking for a more rugged experience, and if this is the direction you decide to go, there are a few things you need to know!

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Albertans embrace energy efficiency: rebate roundup

_DSC2357aThere’s a lot of buzz about energy efficiency in Alberta these days, and it’s no wonder. After all, energy efficiency is a win-win proposition:  you reduce your energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and save money on your energy bills at the same time.

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May the long weekend be with you

The trees are turning green, the sun is shining and wildlife is migrating back to Alberta. The May long weekend is when many Albertans get out and enjoy the outdoors for the first time of the summer season. Here are a few friendly tips and reminders to help you make the most of this long weekend!

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New energy rebates for businesses, non-profits and institutions

 

Is your business, non-profit or institution looking to save money on energy bills? Are you interested in upgrading to energy-efficient products? If so, now is the time to get started.

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Energy Efficiency Alberta’s new Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Energy Savings Program provides rebates to businesses, non-profits and institutions that switch to energy-efficient products. Continue reading

Show yourself the money with energy efficiency

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Whether you’re a farmer in rural Alberta, a business owner in Grande Prairie or a homeowner or renter in Calgary, you’re probably interested in reducing your energy use and saving money on your bills. After all, who doesn’t like to keep a little more cash in their pocket?

Energy efficiency is a great way to do just that. So where do we start? Continue reading