JUNE 15, 2023
to present at the 2023 ASPB Conference
November 22, 23, and 24 at Red Deer)

We are looking for abstracts that focus on wetlands and wildlife. The deadline to submit abstracts is July 15th and abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words. Please send them to the attention of Jessica Koehli at The review of abstracts will take a couple of weeks beyond the deadline, and during that review period the authors or presenters of potential abstracts will be contacted for a short online interview. 
Headed into the field?
Remember your cameras!
The ASPB is hosting a photo contest in 2023, and will announce the winners and their prizes at the annual conference (November 22-24). The photo submission deadline is October 31, 2023; the submission guidelines are HERE.
The ASPB Invites
Conference Sponsors
The ASPB Conference Committee is excited about the Annual Conference and AGM to be held at the Red Deer Resort and Casino, November 22-24, 2023. The initial conference program (and tickets!) will be available soon, and Sponsorship Packages are available HERE.
US Supreme Court sets limits
on wetland conservation
According to an article in on Thursday May 25, the US Supreme Court established a more stringent test to determine whether the Clean Water Act applies to a wetland. The ruling was a setback for the Environmental Protection Agency: now, projects that were denied because they decrease water quality, increase flood risk or eliminate habitats will be able to proceed without a federal permit.
ASPB Board Nominations Open
The Board of Directors of the ASPB has appointed Past President Victoria Lukasic as Chair of the 2023 Nominating Committee. The positions of President Elect, Board Secretary and three Directors are open for election at the Annual General Meeting on November 24, 2023 at Red Deer, AB.
Air sensors could keep tabs on wildlife
Air-quality monitoring stations that accidentally trap DNA from animals and plants could revolutionize wildlife tracking. The stations are ubiquitous in many countries and automatically capture atmospheric pollutants such as lead. They also catch small amounts of genetic material in the air, shed by living things. Read more
Mentorship Pilot Well Underway
The pilot session of the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists' new mentorship program opened last week and is moving forward with eighteen participants (nine pairs). The pilot session, which continues until September, will gather feedback to enable the development of the full program based on real-world experiences. ASPB registrants who are considering they might become a mentor or mentee in the future are always encouraged to contact the program manager, Lazar Ceklic .
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Intermediate to Senior Aquatic Biologist
Wildlife Recovery Biologist
Senior Environmental Impact Assessment Lead
Intermediate Environmental Specialist
Environmental Scientist - Biologist
Intermediate Wetland Biologist
Researcher, Molecular Biologist / Environmental Genomics
Wildlife Biologist
Environmental Planner - Team Lead
Aquatic Ecologist (Intermediate to Senior)
Environmental Chemist/Toxicologist/Limnologist
Environmental Scientist (Biologist)
Environmental Manager
Seasonal or Full-time Wildlife Biologist
Regulatory Specialist (NWT & NU)
Senior Environmental Professional, Planning
Restoration Ecologist
Wetland Specialist
Junior Environmental Specialist
Intermediate Aquatic Scientist
Intermediate Soil Scientist
Senior Wildlife Biologist
Environment Coordinator - Wildlife
Intermediate Biologist or Environmental Monitor
Wetland Specialist
Environmental Project Manager
Wetland Specialist
Lab Technician – Wildlife Analytics Lab
Environmental Flows Biologist
Ecosystems Biologist

America's Grassland Conference

The Sixth America’s Grasslands Conference will be held in Cheyenne, Wyoming on August 8-10, 2023. Registration for the conference is now open. Early Bird rates end July 10th, 2023. For information and to register please go HERE
Legislation and Conducting
Projects Near Water
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in Ontario, Prairie and Arctic regions are providing information sessions on DFO Legislation and Conducting Projects Near Water. To attend the September session, click here: September 19, 2023 @11:00 – 12:30 CST and allow the link to open in your web browser (please use Chrome or Edge). If you have the Teams application installed, click on “Open in Microsoft Teams” in the pop-up window or “Launch it Now”. If you do not have the Teams application installed, click “Join on the Web Instead”.
Whitebark Pine Science and
Management Conference in October
The annual Whitebark Pine Science and Management Conference will take place October 12 and 13, 2023 in Revelstoke, BC. There will also be two optional field trips: a pre-conference trip on October 11 to tour the Kalamalka Research Center in Vernon, and a post-conference trip on October 14 to visit 5-needle pine stands near Golden. Early Bird Registration is open until June 30, and here you can find: Conference details and Registration.
fRI Research to Host Forum
In Edmonton, October 24-26
After a prolonged hiatus due to health restrictions, fRI Research is excited to provide an opportunity for resource practitioners, policy makers, scientists, and community leaders to review and discuss new research findings related to mountain pine beetle. Major concerns targeted by this research include climate change, anthropogenic intervention, forest composition, socio-economic values, watersheds and their impact on water flow, biota, species at risk, and public safety as it pertains to wildfire. You can learn more about the forum and register HERE
NABC Banding Workshop
and Certification in Belize
Hosted by the Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society at the TREES Research Center in the Maya Mountains of Belize, these sessions will be held November 11-15, 2023 and November 17-18, 2023. For full information visit
Legislation and Conducting
Projects Near Water
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in Ontario, Prairie and Arctic regions are providing information sessions on DFO Legislation and Conducting Projects Near Water. To attend the November session, click here: November 21, 2023 @ 11:00-12:30 CST and allow the link to open in your web browser (please use Chrome or Edge). If you have the Teams application installed, click on “Open in Microsoft Teams” in the pop-up window or “Launch it Now”. If you do not have the Teams application installed, click “Join on the Web Instead”.
ASPB 2023 AGM and Conference
The ASPB 2023 Annual Conference will be on November 22, 23, and 24 at the Red Deer Resort and Casino in Red Deer, Alberta.
For More Information Go

BMC265 - Environmental Impact Assessments
Start Date: June 30 2023

Thanks to the generous support of the Columbia Basin Trust and KCP, we are able to offer this series free of charge. For full details and registration please go

Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Cochrane, 23rd June 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Kamloops, 27th June 2023

For the full calendar of upcoming courses the link is here:
Blended Course: Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool – Actual (ABWRET-A), Online Content + Live Streaming Class: Fall 2023 Registration Now Open

Blended Course: Grassland Vegetation Inventory (GVI): A User’s Guide, Online Content + Live Streaming Class Fall 2023 Registration Now Open

Understanding ACIMS Tools Online Course
Alberta Soil Information Viewer Online Course
Alberta Wetland Policy Basics Online Course
Navigating the Alberta Soil Information Viewer Video Short (free)
Registration Link:
Wetland Water Cycle Video Short (free)
Registration Link: 

THE CONNECTOR is a compilation of applied science and land management event listings, across a variety of sectors and disciplines, published monthly.
Canada Nature Fund for
Aquatic Species at Risk
Accepting New Proposals
The recent budget announced renewed funding of up to $40 million over three years for the CNFASAR, which will allow additional projects to be funded. Projects should support the conservation of biodiversity across Canada through collaboration and partnership to recover aquatic species at risk. Detailed information on CNFASAR objectives, priorities, proposal selection criteria, etc., can be found on the CNFASAR webpage  

According to a media release from DFO Regional Coordinator Kristie Pearce, to apply for this funding, submission of an Expression of Interest (EoI) is mandatory and must be completed and emailed to the regional coordinator at by July 14, 2023, at 23:59 to be considered. 

If your EoI is selected, you will be notified by email and invited to submit a full proposal. Applicants with successful proposals will then be contacted to discuss the establishment of a contribution agreement between your organization and DFO. You may be required to provide additional information on your project at that time; if you have any questions, please contact DFO HERE.
We regularly receive notifications from Google Scholar Alerts and other sources which we select and share below in the BIWEEKLY. Here is the latest batch (the links are HOT):

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