SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

  • CAB-BC celebrates reserved practice

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The annual conference is only 75 days away! The ASPB 2022 Fall Conference will be held November 30 - December 2 at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

ASPB 2022 Annual Conference
Sponsorship Opportunities
Field Law Community Fund is
seeking new projects this year
Over the past nine years, Field Law has donated $685,000 in support of local organizations and charitable initiatives, resulting in the funding of 115 local projects across Alberta and the NWT. Individuals, projects and causes are invited to apply for funding; finalists will be chosen and awarded funds through a combination of public online voting and deliberation by a Community Market Judging Panel. Again this year, $75,000 will be available for projects; applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm (MT) on October 3, 2022. Click here for more information:
AALA Executive Todd Reade
The ASPB sends its condolences to the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects (AALA) in acknowledgement of the sudden passing September 5, 2022, of the Society’s Executive Director, Todd Reade.
The AALA and ASPB have worked closely throughout the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly in response to regulatory initiatives with the government of Alberta. We have benefited greatly from Mr. Reade's perspectives and overall contribution to the protection of the public interest through professional regulation.
Mr. Reade was also deeply committed to Alberta in the areas of recreation and not-for-profits and has put in place the Todd Reade Fund to support these areas.
ASPB Executive Director Dean Falkenberg, who has worked extensively with Mr. Reade, has informed the Society that he will be making a personal contribution to the Fund in appreciation of Todd Reade's commitment to building a better Alberta.
Online course:
Environmental Site Assessment
UCalgary Continuing Education online course on Sept. 20, 2022. Theory and practical application of the principles of environmental site assessment (Phases I and II)... Read more

How do bats respond to distress calls
This Native Prairie Speakers Series webinar at noon on September 29, 2022 will be delivered by Hannah Wilson at the University of Regina. (Full title: What’s in a scream: How do bats respond to distress calls made by other species). Register here free
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Intermediate Aquatic Biologist
Environmental Scientist (Biology)
Wetland Biologists
Senior Vegetation Ecologist
Intermediate Aquatic Specialist
Field Biologist (Contract)
Wildlife Manager
Wildlife Specialist
Environmental Specialist
NRTG Administrative Assistant
Volunteer for spring ecosystem assessment workshop
Fish and Wildlife Biologists
Senior Aquatic Ecosystem Biologist
Senior Wildlife Biologist
Environmental Monitor
Director, Watershed Sciences
Intermediate Biologist
Wildlife Technician
Senior Technical Specialist
Environmental Specialist
Practice Area Lead, Natural Sciences
Project Coordinator
Half-day workshop:
The Stories Told By Springs
The University of Calgary is offering a half-day ecosystem assessment workshop and lecture on “The Stories Told By Springs” on October 20, 2022. The lecturer, Dr. Abe Springer, is a world renowned expert on spring hydrology and ecology, and is thoroughly familiar with the springs in Alberta. He will guide how to inventory springs using the Level 2 inventory protocol of the Springs Stewardship Institute. There will be no charge to attend the workshop which will be held at an urban spring in a residential area in NW Calgary. For more information, please contact Misaki Hayashi by phone at 1-403-220-2794.
Seeking Workshop Volunteers
The University of Calgary is offering a half-day ecosystem assessment workshop and lecture on “The Stories Told By Springs” on October 20, 2022. The lecturer, Dr. Abe Springer, is thoroughly familiar with the springs in Alberta and he has requested assistance during the workshop from a botanist and an aquatic ecologist who are also familiar with springs in Alberta. There will be no charge to attend the workshop; to offer your voluntary services, please contact Misaki Hayashi by phone at 1-403-220-2794.
NABC bird banding workshop
and certification in Belize
This ecotourism and learning event to be held between October 15-22, 2022 is hosted by Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society at the TREES Research Center in Belize’s Maya Mountains. For more information please go HERE or contact Nick Bartok, P Biol at
Electrofishing Certification – Cochrane, AB – September 13 & 16, 2022
Electrofishing Certification – Kamloops, BC – September 13 & 20, 2022
Electrofishing Certification – Terrace, BC – September 13 & 23, 2022
Avian Nest Sweeps and Monitoring Methods (Online) – September 20 – 21, 2022
Wetland Assessment (Online) – September 28 – 29, 2022

For the full calendar of upcoming courses the link is here:
The Grassland Restoration Forum’s hands-on courses and events for 2022 are listed below. You can check out their website for details and registration on all events HERE.

October 4th, 2022: A Walking Tour of the Stavely Research Ranch – west of Stavely, Alberta in the Porcupine Hills. This tour will be led by Barry Adams, Rangeland Management Specialist - AEP (retired). A unique and valuable demonstration of long-term effects of land management on foothills fescue grassland ecosystems in southwest Alberta.

November 17th, 2022: Our Perennial Gathering! GRF Fall Information Session at Claresholm. The one day Fall Information Session gathers a variety of industry and grassland stakeholders to exchange current information on grassland restoration and conservation through a variety of presentations and mini updates.

SALMTEC has announced new courses and training programs:

Alberta Wetland Policy Basics Online Course

Alberta Soil Information Viewer Online Course
Understanding ACIMS Tools Online Course

Navigating the Alberta Soil Information Viewer Video Short (free)
Registration Link:
Wetland Water Cycle Video Short (free)
Registration Link:

Interactive classes comprise the final learning component of a Blended/Online course.
CAB-BC celebrates announcement of
reserved practice for applied biologists
On the first day of September, British Columbia became the first jurisdiction in the world where applied biologists have reserved practice, following a nearly five-year effort by the College of Applied Biologists’ volunteers and staff. According to an announcement from CAB-BC, with reserved practice, applied biology professionals are now recognized as key contributors to the resource management sector and vital members of any professional, multi-disciplinary team.
In a September 1, 2022 media release, Alexandra de Jong Westman (President of the College of Applied Biologists) stated that the granting of reserved practice “not only provides current registrants with the formal acknowledge-ment of the critical role we play in managing natural resources in BC, it also requires those not yet registered to seek registration with the College which is a massive step forward in furthering the College’s ability to uphold the public interest.”
According to the media release, the new reserved practice for applied biology will require the use of RPBios or RBTechs to carry out or supervise work in resource management activities that fall within the definition of “reserved practice” in the regulation. “The addition of reserved practice ensures that applied biology practitioners are qualified, competent, and accountable by way of registration with the College.”
The College has released a compliance plan which prescribes the College’s approach to compliance and enforcement of reserved practice. The initial phase will involve education and encouragement for practitioners to register with the College if they are practicing applied biology. More information for the public and for practitioners can be found on the College website:

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