Winter Speaker Series

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Description: 

Part 1 - January 19th, 2016: HERE BE DRAGONS: Microscopic Monsters from the Crown of the Continent 

Join John & Kathleen Hancock from the Pincher Creek Library on a journey underwater to meet and view aquatic creatures that share our local landscape (videoconference). 

Part 2 - January 26th, 2016: Blazing a Trail by Covering Our Tracks

The perception of parks as self-contained, pristine “worlds unto themselves” isn’t always true! Restoring  healthy functioning ecosystems represents the newest frontier in park protection. Join Ryan Spencer, PORTS Interpreter, as he shares highlights from the efforts of Del Norte Coast and Prairie Creek Redwood State Park, to restore salmon, shorebird, and mammal habitat.

Part 3 - February 2nd, 2016: We are all Downstream.

In the development of the film "We Are All Downstream", Oldman Watershed Council’s Anna Garleff had many guides on her tour of the watershed. One was City of Lethbridge Water & Waste Water Manager Doug Kaupp. Together they share the story of bringing safe drinking water to communities.

Part 4 - February 9th, 2016: Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks

Invasive species are plants, animals, and microorganisms that are not native to a particular area. They are also species that are capable of causing severe damage in areas outside their normal range, harming the economy, the environment, or human health once they become established.

Part 5 - February 16th, 2016: Do You Like to Dance? Discovering The Secrets of Sharp-tailed Grouse

Few people have observed Sharp-tailed Grouse in the wild displaying their complex mating dances on traditional lek dancing grounds; fewer people know it happens right here! Join John, as he reveals video of Sharp-tailed Grouse in southern Alberta leks, featuring photos from National Geographic awarding winning photographer Ken Crebbin.

Part 6 - February 23rd, 2016: Sharing the Range – The Waterton Biosphere Association and the Blackfoot Challenge

Large Carnivores roam along the front range of the Rocky Mountains, crossing the border between Montana and Alberta. Ranchers from both sides share their perspective and methods they have used to meet the challenge of sharing the range.

Part 7 - March 1st, 2016: The Southwest Alberta Grizzly Bear Monitoring Project

Southwest Alberta Grizzly Bear Monitoring Project (GBMP) tracked Grizzly Bears from 2011-2014, by analyzing hair samples collected from bear rub objects, fence crossings, and other opportunistic sampling locations with the aim to provide updated information on grizzly bear density and abundance within southwestern Alberta. PhD candidate Andrea Morehouse presents the latest results and findings.

Part 8 - March 8th, 2016: Straddling the Divide – The Great Divide Trail

The Great Divide Trail traverses the continental divide between Alberta and British Columbia, wandering through the Rocky Mountains for more than 1200 kilometers. It is not officially signed and not always even an actual trail, sometimes merely a wilderness route, inspiring modern-day adventures.

Part 9 - March 15th, 2016: Engaging Recreationist; Dutch Creek Restoration Project

October 2015 OWC hosted a restoration for recreation event with the Crowsnest Pass Quad Squad, Trout Unlimited, Spray Lake Sawmills, and Cows & Fish. More than 50 dedicated volunteers built structural walls that encourage bridge use, and planted new willows and poplar trees. The restoration event brought people together to take action and strengthen their connection to the land and each other.

Part 10 - April 5th, 2016: Fire Management in Waterton Lakes National Park; Recent Prescribed and Wildfire Experiences

Parks Canada’s prescribed fire program contributes to the environmental health of Waterton Lakes National Park by bringing fire to the landscape in planned circumstances - And then there are the unplanned fires!