JUNE 1, 2024

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ASPB Resilience Conference

is coming to a close today.

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Mentorship Program Update: 

From Pilot to Full Launch in 2025

After careful consideration and planning, we have decided to reschedule the full launch of the Mentorship Program to January 2025. For more information please check out the program on the website HERE

Welcome Biology Students!

Check out our new webpage for student members! It will include Upcoming Events, a Student Job Board and School Resources.

Don't forget that the ASPB Conference Committee members are busy planning the 2024 conference (check out the conference webpage for more information). So far the conference will provide 2 scholarship opportunities for ASPB Students... Keep an eye on this webpage, where more scholarship information will be shared in early September. 

NOTE: If you would like to see us at your school to discuss the importance of the ASPB in particula (and the subject of regulatory bodies in general) please let us know. (We will be at Red Deer Polytech in October!) You can email us HERE.

Non-Compete Covenants in Alberta

Whether a business can enforce a “non-competition” covenant on its employees or contractors depends on many factors, and the legal process involved can be complicated. An important article from Field Law begins down the page in the “BIOS BRIEF” section.



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Senior Aquatic Biologist


Restoration Ecologist


Intermediate Biologist/Wetland Ecologist


Project Manager / Technical Advisor


Senior Ecologist


Wildlife Biologist


Terrestrial Biologists


Vegetation Ecologist


Wetlands Ecologist


Environmental Specialist


Environmental Project Manager


Intermediate Environmental Scientist


Institute Bird Bander


Senior Ecologist







ESTI delivers courses for

backpack electrofishing  

The Environmental Sciences Training Institute is delivering backpack electrofishing certification training in Alberta in 2024. The one-and-a-half day course at Red Deer on June 10 and 11 serves to certify participants in backpack electrofishing safety, fish handling methods, equipment, and fundamentals of electrical theory. Please contact with any questions or to book a custom delivery. Visit ESTI's website for registration, new course dates and locations. 

A Field Law Webinar:

Understanding the Boundaries of Off-Duty Conduct


The actions of employees outside of work hours can have significant implications for their careers and their employer’s business. As employees and employer both navigate an increasingly connected world, it is vital to understand the boundaries of off-duty conduct and how an employer can address such conduct.


Join Field Laws’ Kelly Nicholson and Jason Kully for a complimentary webinar that will cover key aspects and practical guidance on managing off-duty conduct, addressing how off-duty conduct can affect the workplace, when can an employer investigate, discipline, and terminate an employee for off-duty activities, and what strategies can employers implement to proactively address off-duty conduct while respecting employee privacy. This complimentary webinar between noon and 1:00 pm on June 12, 2024 is intended for employers, HR professionals, and anyone involved in managing employee relations… If you aren't able to attend at the scheduled time, please register and you will be sent a link to the recording. Please register HERE

ESTI delivers courses for

backpack electrofishing 

The Environmental Sciences Training Institute is delivering backpack electrofishing certification training in Alberta in 2024. The one-and-a-half day course at Red Deer on June 13 and 14 serves to certify participants in backpack electrofishing safety, fish handling methods, equipment, and fundamentals of electrical theory. Please contact with any questions or to book a custom delivery. Visit ESTI's website for registration, new course dates and locations.

Bryophytes Identification Course

This 2-day course, instructed by Brittney Miller, M.Sc will take place on June 17-18, 2024, and is designed for natural resource professionals to develop the skills needed to detect and identify common Alberta bryophytes species. The focus of the course is on key features used in field identification (e.g., leaf morphology, microhabitats), and distinguishing species from similar taxa. This course involves both classroom and field components, between 0830 and 1700 each day. The classroom location is at Vertex Professional Services, 161-2055 Premier Way in Edmonton. Field components will be at natural areas within 1 hour of Edmonton. For more information, and to register, please contact

A Webinar Introduction to:

The Alberta Watercourse Crossing Guidebook

The Alberta Watercourse Crossing Guidebook provides a comprehensive look at all stages of a watercourse crossing installation and removal. The guidebook aims to empower practitioners with an understanding of the who, what, where and why of watercourse crossing projects.

This presentation on June 19, 2024, at 12:00 pm, will provide an overview of the AWC3 organization, identify key project partners and provide a summary of the newly published best management practices guidebook. For more information and to register for this complimentary presentation, please go HERE.

ANPC Botany Field Trip on June 21-23

The Alberta Native Plant Council is hosting its annual Botany Alberta field trip, on June 21-23, 2024 at Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park. It is completely free to attend; for more information please go HERE.

Fiera Biological Workshops, Tracks and Traces:

Wildlife Track and Sign Identification

This in-person field-based workshop will take place in the Edmonton region and will be instructed by Joseph Litke, Wildlife Biologist, Certified Wildlife Track & Sign Professional. The workshop will focus on the identification and interpretation of clues left by wildlife in the form of tracks and other sign such as scats or foraging evidence. Suitable for any skill level. Limited space available. June Workshop date: June 22, 2024. Learn more and register HERE 



Aquality Course Registration:

Alberta Wetlands: From Classification to Policy

This 2-day course will take place both online via Zoom and in person at Aquality’s Edmonton office on July 8-9, 2024. This course will run from 09:00  – 16:30  both days. The comprehensive course is designed to help consultants, industry professionals, resource managers, not-for-profit organizations, and government regulators understand the theoretical component used in wetland assessments. For more information, and to register, you can visit the website HERE.

WPEFC recovery training session

This course provides field training and reference material tailored to whitebark and limber pine recovery. Participants will gain competency and a certificate issued by WPEFC demonstrating a consistent level of knowledge and technical skills required to support endangered whitebark and limber pine recovery. 

This course will be held at Porcupine Hills, Alberta on June 5 and 6, 2024 and in the Golden, BC Area on July 10 and 11, 2024. Click HERE for further details. 

Aquality Course Registration:

Wetland identification and delineation field school

This one-day course on July 11, 2024 will be conducted west of Edmonton and include travel to a few different sites to see examples of the five different classes of wetlands that we have in Alberta, as defined by the Alberta Wetland Classification System (AWCS). The course will run from 09:00 until approximately 16:00. Please click HERE for more information and to register.



Fiera Biological Workshops:

Introductory Track & Sign Certification

Saturday, September 21, 2024, Hinton, Alberta.

This 1-day workshop is meant as an introduction the Track & Sign certification process and offers the opportunity for participants to earn a Level 1 Certification. Level 1 is the lowest level of certification offered by Tracker Certification North America and requires that participants achieve at least a 70% during skill evaluation. The workshop will be lead by David Moskowitz, one of North America’s top trackers. 

Learn more and register here: Introductory Track & Sign, Hinton

Fiera Biological Workshops:

Standard Track & Sign Certification 

Monday & Tuesday, September 23 & 24, 2024, Hinton, Alberta.

This 2-day workshop is an internationally applied, professional-level training process used to promote wildlife tracking and ecological knowledge. The process emphasises practical tracking and the development of reliable field skills. No prior training is required. Certification depends on performance. Participants will have the opportunity to earn one of up to four tiers of certification, from Level 1 (requires at least 70%) to Level 4 (Professional, which requires 100%). The workshop will be lead by David Moskowitz, one of North America’s top trackers. 

Learn more and register here: Standard Track & Sign, Hinton



Fundamentals of Soil Sampling I: Soil Texturing – Online – June 3rd, 2024


Wetland Plant Identification – Online – June 3rd – 4th, 2024


Cultural Heritage Assessment and Monitoring – Online, June 4-6 2024


Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Cochrane, June 4th, 2024


Amphibian Survey and Collection Methods – Online – June 4th, 2024


Fish Identification: Pacific Salmon Juveniles – Online – June 5th, 2024


Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Edmonton, June 7th 2024


Plant Collection and Protocols – Online – June 10th & June 12th, 2024


Species at Risk – Online, June 11-12, 2024


Amphibian Identification – Online – June 11th, 2024


Winning Proposals – Writing to Secure Funding – Online – June 12th, 2024


Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Cochrane, June 14th, 2024


Estimating Fish Abundance – Online – June 18th, 2024


Identification and Control Methods of Common Weeds in Western Canada – Online – June 18th, 202


Planning & Designing Fish Habitat Assessments – Online – June 19th, 2024


Ask an Expert – Water Management and Sustainability – June 25th, 2024


Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & North Vancouver, June 27th, 2024


Advanced Electrofishing – Online – June 27th, 2024

For the full calendar of upcoming courses, and course details, follow this link:


of Applied Ecology

Revelstoke BC

Full course information available at each course link.

Understanding Statistics and Decision-Making for Natural Resource Managers

May 8 - June 26, 2024. Online

Field Soil Description & Classification Course

June 26-28, 2024. Revelstoke BC.

Wetland Classification: An introduction

July 3-5, 2024. Revelstoke BC.

Data Manipulation and Visualization in R

October 1-4, 2024. Online

Introduction to `R` software

October 15-18, 2024. Online

QGIS Level I & II – Online

Dates scheduled according to student schedules.





SALMTEC Blended Course: Grassland Vegetation Inventory (GVI): A User’s Guide

Online Content + Live Streaming Class

Fall 2024 Registration Now Open!

SALMTEC Blended Course: ABWRET-A Blended/Online Training Course

Online Content + Live Streaming Class, Ongoing

SALMTEC Offers several shorter online courses:

Wetland Policy Basics – Online Course

Understanding ACIMS Tools – Online Course

Alberta Soil Information Viewer – Online Course

Land Use Analysis OnDemand Seminar

Technical Report Review OnDemand Seminar

Landscape Analysis OnDemand Semina

SALMTEC Field Course: Biophysical Bootcamp

Near Bragg Creek, AB Winter 2024 Registration Now Open!

SALMTEC Blended Course: Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool – Actual (ABWRET-A)

Online Content + Live Streaming Class Winter 2024 Registration Now Open!

SALMTEC Blended Course: Grassland Vegetation Inventory (GVI): A User’s Guide

Online Content + Live Streaming Class Ongoing

SALMTEC Online Course: Wetland Policy Basics

Online Ongoing

SALMTEC Online Course: Understanding ACIMS Tools (Alberta Conservation Information Management System)

Online Ongoing

SALMTEC Online Course: Alberta Soil Information Viewer

Online Ongoing

SALMTEC Land Use Analysis OnDemand Seminar

Online Ongoing

SALMTEC Technical Report Review OnDemand Seminar


THE CONNECTOR is a compilation of applied science and land management event listings, across a variety of sectors and disciplines, published monthly.


Non-Compete Covenants in Alberta


Last month the U.S. Federal Trade Commission banned non-competition covenants (“Non-Competes”) in employment contracts. Similarly, Ontario prohibited Non-Competes for most employees in 2021. These changes present an opportunity to revisit Alberta’s laws respecting Non-Competes, and whether this trend of limiting their use is coming our way.


According to this Workwise newsletter from Field Law, courts in Alberta are currently reluctant to enforce Non-Competes, requiring employers to prove their necessity and reasonableness. Employers should draft narrowly tailored Non-Competes to ensure they are enforceable or simply consider implementing a non-solicitation clause instead.

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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):


Restoring forest ecosystem services through trait-based ecology


Large-scale overlap and fine-scale avoidance: assessing interactions between coyotes, bobcats, and cougars at multiple scales


Utilization of animals from Canadian wildlife rehabilitation hospitals to study the taxonomy and ecology of parasitic lice…


The Host Range of Fusarium proliferatum in Western Canada


Don’t get scammed by predatory publishers


Summer of 2023 hottest for 2,000 years

Data lacking in US bird flu outbreak


Assessing the influence of body size on patterns of dietary niche segregation among the ungulate community in Yellowstone National Park, USA


Peregrine falcons laced with banned chemicals, Canadian scientists find


Development of Highly Efficient Universal Pneumocystis Primers and Their Application in Investigating the Prevalence and Genetic Diversity of Pneumocystis in Wild …


Bee and butterfly records indicate diversity losses in western and southern North America, but extensive knowledge gaps remain


Oribatid mite and testate amoeba communities as environmental and carbon flux proxies on two subarctic peatlands


Structure of plankton and waterbird communities under water level fluctuations: two case studies in shallow lakes of the Patagonian steppe


Evaluating the predictors of habitat use and successful reproduction in a model bird species using a large‐scale automated acoustic array


Carbon stocks and fluxes from a boreal conifer swamp: Filling a knowledge gap for understanding the boreal C cycle


The influence of shelter on abundance of the invasive dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, at its northern range limit


The relationship between multifaceted diversity and functioning of Canadian forests under global environmental change


A Complete Bibliography of Publications in Fisheries


Greater sage‐grouse chick mortality risk relative to livestock grazing management, environmental factors, and morphometric measurements


Human avoidance, selection for darkness and prey activity explain wolf diel activity in a highly cultivated landscape


Potential Of Biochar And Humic Substances For Phytoremediation Of Trace Metals In Oil Sands Process Affected Water


Urban resilience through ecosystem services in Edmonton, Canada: an assessment of gaps and recommendations


An analysis of climate change adaptation strategies in forest management: examining Canada and Sweden FSC standards


Separating Shrub Cover From Green Vegetation in Grasslands Using Hyperspectral Vegetation Indices


Effects of oil and gas development on duck nest survival in the Western Boreal Forest


Conservation of Lichens


Exploring winter diet, gut microbiota and parasitism in caribou using multi-marker metabarcoding of fecal DNA


Catch uncertainty and recreational fishing attraction: Propositions and future research directions


Comparing risk of chronic wasting disease occurrence using Bayesian hierarchical spatial models and different surveillance types


… development of the myxozoan Myxobolus rasmusseni n. sp. in fathead minnows, Pimephales promelas: a possible emerging pathogen in southern Alberta …


Where We Stand on Chronic Wasting Disease: A Systematic Literature Review of Its Prevalence Patterns, Impacts, and Management Interventions


This week’s banner photo:

“On The Hunt”

Photo cropped from original by Darren Hebert, P. Biol.,

as submitted to the 2023 ASPB Photo Contest


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