JULY 1, 2024

Your "to-do" list for July:

  • Check out the ASPB's updated Student's Page
  • Keep your eyes open for those perfect photo opportunities (photo contest entries deadline October 1... Rules Here )
  • Shine a bright light on your biology business: consider a conference sponsorship

European Union passes law

to protect and revive nature

After months of controversy and bitter protests that saw biodiversity become a culture war issue, the EU’s nature restoration law has finally passed. Member states are now tasked with restoring 20% of the bloc’s land and sea by the end of the decade, focusing on natural ecosystems that will store the most carbon, and halting the decline of Europe’s rapidly vanishing biodiversity. (The Guardian, June 27, 2024)

Northern Brook Lamprey

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is conducting consultations on the potential listing of Northern Brook Lamprey (Saskatchewan – Nelson River population) on the List of Wildlife Species at Risk pursuant to the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The distribution of Northern Brook Lamprey includes the Whitemouth River and its tributary, the Birch River, in southeastern Manitoba. Also, larval lamprey have been collected in the Winnipeg

River at the confluence of Whitemouth River and

Winnipeg River. It is uncertain if larvae collected

below the confluence are Northern Brook or Silver

lamprey. Indigenous organizations, interested stakeholders and the public are being asked to participate in the consultations from June 24, 2024 – August 12, 2024. The consultation documents for the species can be found HERE.



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Director, Species at Risk and Stewardship


Environmental Project Manager - Regina SK

Environmental Consultant


Environmental Planner (Aquatic Focus)

Environmental Scientist

Water and Fish Program Biologist

Environmental Project Coordinator

Environmental Professional


Environmental Technical Advisor

Intermediate Biologist


Applications Scientist


Senior Environmental Scientist


Junior/Intermediate Ecologist


Intermediate Environmental Scientist


Program Coordinator


Environmental Planner

Senior Biologist








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




Walking Tour of the Stavely Research Ranch

Join Barry Adams, Rangeland Management Specialist, for this day-long outdoor walk west of Stavely, Alberta on September 4, 2024. Topics will include the ecological context of the Foothills Parkland Natural Subregion, the role of grasses in building soils and storing carbon, and the role of range health in the capture and storage of water in the watershed.


How to Use Range Plant Community Guides

and Recovery Strategies Manuals for

Project and Reclamation Planning in Grasslands

This one day, classroom-based course at Cassils Hall near Brooks on September 11, 2024 will teach participants how to use the tools listed above. These tools will provide valuable context to interpret results of data collected for AEP Conservation Assessments Strategic Siting and Pre-disturbance Site Assessments for Industrial Activities on Native Grassland and plan effective restoration for planned or existing disturbances in native grassland. This course pairs well with GRF’s Grassland Assessment Training.


Grassland Assessment Training

This hands-on one-day field-based course takes place at the Antelope Creek Ranch near Brooks on a September 12, 2024. It is designed for students, agrologists, ecologists, land stewards, regulators, planners and reclamation practitioners and anyone interested in learning more about native grassland ecosystems. The course offers training on common plant identification, use of soils and landscape mapping (AGRASID and GVI) in relation to Alberta’s Range Plant Community Guides and Range Health Assessment Manuals. Designed to classify and assess grassland plant communities, these tools are critical for pre-site assessments, reclamation design and restoration of native grassland.


Industry Tour - Grassland Restoration

This field tour on October 3, 2024 looks at multiple use landscapes in the dry mixed- grass of SE Alberta, based from Manyberries, Alberta and designed for industry professionals and practitioners, looking at a variety of reclamation challenges and practices, including wellsites and cropland conversion.


The GRF Perennial Gathering!

This year, the GRF Fall Information Session at Claresholm, Alberta, takes place on November 14. 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. The theme this year is CASE STUDIES.

Check out our website for more details, and to register for all events:



Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Prince George, July 3rd, 2024

Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Prince George, July 3rd, 2024 | Natural Resources Training Group (


Large River Fish – Hazards Working in Large Rivers – Online – July 9th, 2024

Large River Fish – Hazards Working in Large Rivers – Online – July 9th, 2024 | Natural Resources Training Group (


Career Mentoring – Tuesday July 9th, 2024

Career Mentoring – Tuesday July 9th, 2024 | Natural Resources Training Group (


Large River Fish – Fish Capture Techniques – Online – July 10th, 2024

Large River Fish – Fish Capture Techniques – Online – July 10th, 2024 | Natural Resources Training Group (


Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Edmonton, July 11th 2024

Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Edmonton, July 11th 2024 | Natural Resources Training Group (


Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Kamloops, 11th July, 2024

Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Kamloops, 11th July, 2024 | Natural Resources Training Group (


Large River Fish – Management of Aquatic Predators – Online – July 11th, 2024

Large River Fish – Management of Aquatic Predators – Online – July 11th, 2024 | Natural Resources Training Group (


Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Cochrane, July 12th, 2024

Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Cochrane, July 12th, 2024 | Natural Resources Training Group (


Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Kamloops, 12th July, 2024

Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Kamloops, 12th July, 2024 | Natural Resources Training Group (


Fundamentals of Soil Sampling I: Soil Texturing – Online – July 22nd, 2024

Fundamentals of Soil Sampling I: Soil Texturing – Online – July 22nd, 2024 | Natural Resources Training Group (


Avian Nest Sweeps and Monitoring Methods – Online – July 24th & July 26, 2024

Avian Nest Sweeps and Monitoring Methods – Online – July 24th & July 26, 2024 | Natural Resources Training Group (

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.

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


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



The ORB Tool:

Online reporting for Biodiversity

The "ORB tool", developed by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute , is a user-friendly platform for generating biodiversity and land cover reports for different areas in Alberta, including natural regions, watersheds, and counties. According to a media release from the ABMI, interactive graphs, maps, and tables on human footprint, wetlands, and biodiversity intactness are now available “with the click of a button.” The ORB tool will be regularly updated with the latest data, and additional reporting areas will be added. The tool was built in direct response to the needs of data users.

  for aerial data collection

ABMI Announces Imaging Centre

For Aerial Data Collection

According to a briefing note from the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, a new Imaging Centre will lead the ABMI's growing aerial data collection program. It will also lead innovative projects using machine learning and AI for vegetation inventories on seismic lines, caribou habitat mapping, and more. The Centre will be led by Dr. Mir Mustafizur Rahman, who brings over 15 years of experience in leveraging cutting-edge remote sensing and geospatial technologies to address environmental challenges. The Institute writes that "Rahman is committed to advancing the application of remote sensing technologies for sustainable natural resource management and looks forward to making a meaningful impact".

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):


Releasing mosquitoes to save Hawiian birds

Activities Related to the Cultivation and Utilization of Poplars, Willows and other Fast-Growing Trees in Canada


Beyond BOLD: using DNA barcoding to identify Prussian carp (Carassius gibelio Bloch, 1782) in southern Alberta, Canada


Whose Anthropocene is this? Women's nature writing in a time of planetary emergency


A Review on Oilfield Produced Water and Its Treatment Technologies


Discovery and Characterization of Four Aphelenchid Species from Cultivated Regions of Southern Alberta, Canada


Quaking Aspen in A High-Use Recreation Area: Challenges of People, Ungulates, and Sodium on Landscape Resilience


Disturbance of hibernating bats due to researchers entering caves to conduct hibernacula surveys


Rate of permafrost thaw and associated plant community dynamics in peatlands of northwestern Canada


Promoting Biodiversity and Ecosystem Conservation through Green Corridors on National Highways


A comparison of reports of fatal grizzly and black bear attacks in Canada


Grey wolves (Canis lupus) shift selection of anthropogenic landscape features following predator control iInvestigating the structure-function relationship of anti-mitotic natural products in Canadian prairie plants in the Nearctic boreal forest


Circular Economy of Soil: Best Practices in Excess Soil Management in Ontario


Why bird flu is worse for some species


Here are some steps for crafting an actionable career development plan


Developing non-invasive molecular sampling methods for effective wildlife monitoring


Monitoring in Biodiversity Offsetting


Simulated impacts of black bear predation on neonatal loss in boreal caribou


Characterizing culture's influence in land systems


Genetic variability and drought responses of young and mature aspen in Alberta


Detection probability of the Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus): Implications for developing habitat use models


Taxonomic differentiation of Tubifex spp. that defines Myxobolus cerebralis transmission in Alberta, Canada


Spatio-temporal assessment of whirling disease in Alberta using paleo-eDNA


Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Contaminates Snowpack across a Broad Region


Reconstructing historical fish occurrence and documenting human-mediated introductions in lakes using sedimentary DNA


Reclamation of an eroded lakeshore slope using small vegetation islands and terraces


An integrated assessment of impacts to ecosystem services associated with prairie pothole wetland drainage quantifying wide-ranging losses


Dead mammal walking: A month‐long march by a bison after an ungulate–vehicle collision


Capture myopathy in wild birds: clinical information, a systematic review


Characterizing ecosystem attributes relevant for restoration assessment in early successional forests using drone-based remote sensing approaches


Wildlife camera trapping: a review and recommendations for linking surveys to ecological


This week’s banner photo:

“Two is Better Than One”

A pair of waxwings visit together on a fence post by a wetland near Lloydminster. (Photo by Hannah Sobus , cropped from the original as submitted to the 2023 ASPB Photo Contest)


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