Announcing Spring 2022 Workshops

Furthering our profession through collaborative learning and networking opportunities is at the heart of what we do at the Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society. We’re so excited to share with you our Spring 2022 virtual workshops! We’ve got three great workshops lined up for May and June to start your summer off right.

Workshops details and tickets are on our events page.

Plants Vital to Cultural Knowledge

May 5 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm MST

In previous member surveys, you’ve asked for more opportunities to learn from Indigenous Peoples’ to expand your holistic understanding of the Alberta landscape. The ACTWS operates across Alberta, the traditional territories for Treaties 4, 6, 7, 8, and 10, as well as the Métis  Nation of Alberta. We are grateful to the generations of stewards of Alberta lands and wildlife. Our first workshop this spring will hopefully be the beginning of a great workshop series sharing Indigenous Knowledge and perspectives.

Join a valued Knowledge Holder from the Métis  Nation of Alberta as she shares her wisdom about a few chosen plants important to Indigenous Knowledge. Participants will learn how to make their own sage bundles and the ongoing vitality of Indigenous Knowledge in Alberta. This workshop will help participants see plants from a different perspective and increase their understanding of the importance of specific species to Indigenous Culture. This knowledge is important in planning developments and working with Indigenous Peoples’.

Aerial Survey Safety

May 26 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm MST

There are many risks in conducting field work. We work with various species who don’t like to be handled and sometimes in tough work conditions exposed to the heat, rain, and wind. While risk is inherent in fieldwork, the cause of most significant injuries and death for wildlife biologists is aircraft crashes. There are many processes and requirements in place to keep us safe while conducting field work, but do you know what they are?

This workshop will be hosted by a team of experienced wildlife biologists who will share the latest regulations and processes designed for your safety. We’ll also discuss what to do in the event of an accident and things you can do to be prepared for aerial fieldwork.

Recreation Planning

June 15 | 11:45 am – 1:15 pm MST

Outdoor recreation is increasing rapidly across Alberta’s public lands and parks. There aren’t just more people recreating outside, but they are engaging a broader variety of activities. It’s great to see so many Albertans enjoying our wild places, but this increased use comes with an array of impacts that create management challenges.

This interactive planning workshop will guide you through building a recreation network by placing human-use infrastructure on a map while considering critical habitats and important ecological features. Working at multiple spatial scales, we’ll discuss site-level planning and then expand our discussion to include a recreation across a landscape and the impacts of long-term processes, like climate change, on planning.

Cost

All virtual workshops cost $25 for non-members, $10 for ACTWS members, and $5 for students.

Workshops are recorded and shared in our members area for later viewing.

In-person workshops are also being planned. Stay tuned for details!

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Edmonton AB
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