MAY 15, 2023
to present at
Embracing & Leading Change as Biologists
(The 2023 ASPB Conference on November 22, 23, and 24 at Red Deer)

In this, our second round of the Call for Abstracts, the Conference Team is particularly looking for abstracts that focus on wetlands and wildlife. And, since our conference this year revolves around transition, we would like to hear how your specialty is experiencing transition.
The deadline to submit abstracts for this round is July 15, 2023. Abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words; please send them to the attention of Jessica Koehli at The review of abstracts will take approximately 1-2 weeks beyond the deadline, and during the 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). Photos from smartphones are very welcome, as are photos from other cameras. The ASPB is interested in photos showing “this is the practice of biology” and in keeping with that goal, the conference committee will pre-select the Top Ten photos based on the entrant’s ability to capture something biology-related. The winner(s) from those top-ten entrants will be voted on by conference members in attendance at the conference.
The photo submission deadline is October 31, 2023; you can read the submission guidelines HERE.
Open Alberta:
Renewable Energy Project
Submission Template
This submission template is designed for all wind and solar energy project submissions to Alberta Environment and Parks-Wildlife Management as required under the Alberta Utilities Commission Rule 007. This was updated on April 27, 2023 and is AVAILABLE HERE
Open Alberta:
Renewable Energy Risk Framework
The Renewable Energy Risk Framework is designed to provide renewable energy operators transparency as to how risks to wildlife or wildlife habitat is determined when using the Wildlife Directive for Alberta Wind Energy Projects and the Wildlife Directive for Alberta Solar Energy Projects. The Framework can also be used as a tool to assist with project pre-planning to help minimize impacts to wildlife and wildlife habitat through project siting and other considerations. This was updated on April 27, 2023 and is AVAILABLE 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 now.
Conference Manager Jessica Koehli wants biologists to know that this year the conference committee is looking at growth: “This year’s conference will be even bigger and better than last year’s,” she emphasizes. “With the conference in a central location in November, we will be more accessible and that will allow us to engage more members with key Government updates, important industry presentations, and a feast of technical talks.”
Over 200 registrants are expected to attend in 2023, spanning many industry sectors including oil and gas, botany, reclamation, and professional environmental consulting. “If your business engages with these sectors, I hope you will review the attached package opportunities,” Koehli concluded. The full list is available HERE and is also available from the conference page of the ASPB website.
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Fisheries Biologist
Wetland Biologist
Wildlife Biologist
Regulatory Specialist
Executive Director
Aquatic Environmental Specialist
Environmental Impact Assessment Specialist
Environmental Technician
Senior Fish Biologist
Wildlife Engagement Specialist
Environmental Planner, Team Lead
Aquatic Ecologist
Environmental Chemist
Senior Advisor, Environment
Environmental Field Biologist
Senior Wildlife Biologist
Manager, Strategic Relations
Wildlife Biologist
Environmental Scientist
Regulatory Specialist - NWT and NU
Intermediate Aquatic Scientist
Intermediate Soil Scientist
Environmental Manager
Wildlife Biologist
Aquatic or Wetland Biologist
Junior Ecologist/Biologist
Lab Technician Wildlife Analytics
Assistant Environmental Manager
Aquatic Biologist

Lazar Ceklic joins ASPB
As Regulatory Assistant
ASPB Executive Director Dean Falkenberg has announced that Lazar Ceklic has joined the ASPB administrative team in the role of Regulatory Assistant. Ceklic, who had previously served an internship with the ASPB administrative team in 2021, holds a Bachelor's degree in Policy Studies from Mount Royal University, with a double minor in Economics and Finance. He continues to study in his field, where his chosen reading material includes philosophy, history, and strategy. (He told the BIWEEKLY that his favourite novel is Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse (1922).
Ceklic is a former Team Canada Olympic athlete and he continues to serve the athletic community as Head Coach of the Seawolves water polo club in Calgary, leading the club’s teams to multiple Provincial championships.
Workshop on landscape connectivity
Join an end-user workshop to learn about a collaborative NSERC Alliance project between the University of Toronto and the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute. The project aims to facilitate structural landscape connectivity assessment and its implementation in land-use planning. The workshop is an opportunity for you to provide input early-on, to ensure that the outcomes of the project will serve the needs of end-users. The event will be hosted online on May 16, 2023 from 10:00 AM to Noon (MDT). To see the full agenda and to register, please go to this  Eventbrite page .
An Introduction to Mosses of Alberta
Designed for environmental consultants, land reclamation and restoration specialists, biologists, ecologists, and foresters, the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta is offering a 3-day workshop in moss identification from Wednesday, May 17, 2023 through Friday, May 19, 2023. For more information and to register please go HERE.
ABMI webinar:
Linking wetland plant functional traits to disturbance  
Join the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute for the next episode of its webinar series, at noon on May 24, 2023 (MDT). ABMI Applied Ecologist Brandon Allen will discuss the links between plant functional traits and wetland disturbance. RSVP for the free webinar 
Pedology Field School (SOIL230 Sp23)
May 29 to 31, 2023 (in-person in the Edmonton area) This 24-h introductory soil science course is fully field-based. The 3-day field school will be led by Dr. Konstantin Dlusskiy, focusing on hands-on experience with application to industry standards.
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.

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) & Kamloops, May 16, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Saskatoon, May 16, 2023
Boat Electrofishing – Calgary, AB, May 17-18, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Prince George, May 17, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Cochrane, May 19, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Winnipeg, May 23, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Dartmouth, May 24, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Edmonton, May 24, 2023
Working in and About Water – Online, May 25-26, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Whitehorse, May 26, 2023
Wetland Assessment – Online, May 30-31, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Fort St John, May 31, 2023
Technical Writing for Professionals – Resumes and Cover Letters – Online, June 1, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Cochrane, 2nd June 2023
Wildlife Survey Field Methods: Ungulates – Online, Evenings, June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 2023
Technical Writing for Professionals – Online, June 7-8, 2023
Avian Nest Sweeps and Monitoring Methods – Online – June 8-9, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Edmonton, 8th June 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & North Vancouver, 8th June 2023
Species at Risk – Online, June 13-14, 2023

For the full calendar of upcoming courses the link is here:
Spring 2023 Registration Now Open! Biophysical Bootcamp Field Course, Bragg Creek, Alberta, May 30, 2023
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.
You can find the SALMTEC CONNECTOR website HERE.
Alberta Conservation Association
2022/23 Project Summary Report
A recent report received from the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) celebrates a long-term working relationship with a modern farm to evaluate approaches for re-establishing vibrant upland game bird densities while maintaining a profitable farming operation. The ACA also monitors a range of non-target species to assess how these treatments impact biodiversity (amphibians and birds).
The Enchant farm project trials enhancements that focus on improving habitat features important for nesting, brood rearing, and winter survival of ring-necked pheasants and grey partridge. This includes approaches within the crop, the juxtaposition of crop types and rotation, harvest method, field edge improvements, water management and wetlands, and trialling seed mixes important for chick survival.
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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