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Nature Alberta Newsletter

“Promoting conservation through education and appreciation.” Est. 1970

Notes From The Nature Alberta Office By Executive Director, Petra Rowell

les Photo © Dave Faire


As usual, the past few months at Nature Alberta have flown by! This year, we started our "spring cleaning" months early by tidying up Nature Alberta's accounting records in time for our annual audit. Much of my time has been dominated by this important task. Though the idea of an audit may be daunting to some folks, it's refreshing to me - a bit like hanging fresh laundry on the clothesline to dry - just another spring-cleaning ritual like storing away your winter parka and digging your flip-flops out of the closet. It's a chance to make sure everything has been recorded correctly and we are on a sound footing for what is ahead! This sense of order is even more important as the Nature Alberta office begins to hum with the activities of new and returning summer staff. Their enthusiasm and focus on their respective projects is contagious! Having more staff also frees up my time and I find myself able to be more future-focused. Which gets me thinking: what if we extend the audit concept beyond the financial realm? What if we audited the state of Alberta's natural heritage? Now that would be some audit! What are your thoughts? We'd love to hear from you! Drop us a line:

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In This Issue Page 2: Living by Water Update Young Naturalist Club Update Page 3: Nature Alberta 42nd AGM Awards



Living by Water Project Update Living by Water is excited to be visiting several new lakefront communities this season and expanding our presence across the province! For the first time our 2012 team will be working with residents at Crimson Lake, Dillberry Lake, Ghost Lake, Island Lake, Lake Isle, and Sandy Lake and Vincent Lake. In addition, we are also returning to some lake communities that we have been working with for several years: Clear Lake, Pigeon Lake, Pine Lake, Sylvan Lake and Wizard Lake. In order to support this many lakes, we have hired four Shoreline Advisors who are looking forward to working with residents and teaching them about best practices for lake health.

Welcome New Staff!

We will focus on five main aspects of lake-living: the buffer zone, the yard, boating, the house, and built structures (docks, boathouses, etc.). Participants get customized suggestions for their properties in an easy to understand and personal format. We hope that by working one-on-one with lakefront residents, we can give them the tools necessary to make decisions that will better protect the lake ecosystems that are such a critical component of Alberta's natural history!

Young Naturalist Club Update YNC is gearing up for another summer filled with adventures and naturalist explorations! Members can look forward to monthly Explorer Days and Family Nature Nights, a partnership between YNC, ESON (Edmonton ScienceOutreach Network) and the Cityof Edmonton Play Rangers Program. YNC is excited about community contributions to our EMagazine, NatureWild. Local naturalists such as Doris and Stephanie May from the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton and author Aaron A. Lehman have all generously submitted articles and stories. To receive your copy of NatureWild sign up for Nature Alberta FAMILY membership!

Snow Goose Chase 2012

We would like to extend our sincerest thank to Bob Parsons and the Edmonton Nature Club for organizing the educational and enjoyable Snow Goose Chase this past April 28. YNC was thrilled to attend and cannot wait until next time. 2

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42nd Annual General Meeting Nature Alberta Awards The The Board of Directors and Members of Nature Alberta gathered for the 42nd Annual General Meeting. Reports for 2011 and plans for 2012 were reviewed and the Board of Directors welcomed returning and new Directors. The meeting was followed by dinner at the Annual Awards Banquet where attendees were treated to an entertaining presentation by amphibian expert, Brian Eaton.

Nature Alberta would like to express gratitude for the long standing contributions of 4 Directors that did not stand for re-appointment to the 2012 board: Don Stiles, Dennis Baresco, Dawn Dickinson and Sandra Foss. This dedicated group of individuals has served on the board for a combined 82 years!

Nature Alberta's President Ted Hindmarch then presented 2012's Nature Alberta Awards. Congratulations to: • Gus Yaki who received the Loran Coulden Award for his life-long contribution to nature education • Al Degroot who received the Frank and Alice Harper Award for his dedication to the Beaverhill Bird Observatory • Margot Hervieux received Nature Alberta's Lifetime Honourary Membership for her dedication to Nature Alberta and the Peace Parkland Naturalists

Participants at the Nature Alberta Awards Dinner experience an amphibian up close!

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2012 June/ July Newsletter  

Nature Alberta's 3rd newsletter of 2012

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