The 2019 winter Kananaskis Speaker and Discovery Series in partnership with Alberta Parks and in collaboration with the University of Calgary – Palliser Club offers a variety of presentation topics and discovery events at the University of Calgary or at the Peter Lougheed Discovery Centre.
University of Calgary at 7:00pm – Science Theatres, ST 135 (Map)
MATT MUELLER, KANANASKIS PUBLIC SAFETY – February 13
Wisdom for the Winter
Join a Kananaskis Public Safety Specialist for an evening of rescue stories and tips on how to safely enjoy the winter season. This will be a chance to learn lessons through stories and a chance to ask that question you’ve always wanted to.
DANAH DUKE, MIISTAKIS INSTITUTE – March 7
How Do Animals in Alberta Cross the Road?
Transportation infrastructure across the world poses numerous environmental challenges, affecting our air, landscapes and water. From a landscape perspective, roads and railways cause wildlife mortality through collisions and act as a significant barrier to wildlife movements. The Miistakis Institute aims to generate awareness of the challenges that transportation infrastructure poses to wildlife and to promote workable solutions to these challenges. Examples will be given from their work addressing wildlife connectivity and highway mitigation along Highway 3, Highway 1 and Highway 68 in Alberta.
NICOLE KAHAL, MIISTAKIS INSTITUTE
Now you see them, now you don’t: What’s happening in Calgary’s wetlands?
Join Nicole Kahal, Conservation Analyst with the Miistakis Institute, to learn about Calgary’s urban amphibians, and how citizen scientists are collecting information to inform wetland conservation.
In Calgary, 90% of pre-settlement wetlands have been lost. Wetlands continue to be degraded and lost, significantly impacting biodiversity and ecosystem services important to human well-being. To better understand urban wetland health, and inform wetland management and conservation, the Miistakis Institute has developed the Call of the Wetland citizen science program, which engages citizens to monitor amphibians. Join to learn more about the program, the amphibians we are monitoring for, and results from the first two seasons.
(Due to the upcoming April 16 Provincial elections – The Election Communications Policy and regulations are now in effect. Kris Kendell with the Alberta Conservation Association was scheduled to present on March 27, however the Alberta Conservation Association falls under the legislative restrictions which applies to ‘any other organization whose shares are fully or partially controlled by or held in trust for the Government of Alberta’. Thank you to Nicole and the Miistakis Institute for filling in!)
Peter Lougheed Discover Centre – at 1:00pm, meet in Discovery Centre (Directions)
NATURE INSPIRED ART – Saturday, January 26
Join Canmore-based full-time artist Robyn Mulligan to create your own nature-inspired art piece to bring home. All supplies will be provided.
WINTER SURVIVAL SKILLS – Sunday, February 17
Join Jim Thorne of Foothills Search and Rescue and discover basic winter survival skills, such as shelter building and fire starting! Dress warm and prepare to be outside.
WINTER ECOLOGY – Sunday, March 24
Join outdoor enthusiast Leith Monaghan as she explores how the world around us changes as we move into the winter season. Dress warm and prepare to be outside! Please bring snowshoes (limited snowshoes are available).
**No sign up required, all events free with $5 suggested donation**