ALBERTA BIOLOGISTS' BIWEEKLY

DECEMBER 1, 2023

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Full information about the 2024 membership fee schedule is now available on line. There is a fee increase for 2024, but December 2023 is, in effect, a fee-increase holiday this year: renewals received this December will be subject to the 2023 rates until December 31. The new 2024 rates will apply on January 01, 2024 and late fees will apply on February 01. More detailed information is available HERE.

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ABMI records second successful Lidar Field Season


Lidar, which stands for light detection and ranging, is a remote-sensing method that measures distances to features or surfaces on the ground using a pulsed laser. In 2022, the ABMI started collecting lidar data (using a plane-mounted instrument), for wetland mapping and to evaluate the recovery of vegetation (e.g., canopy height, cover) on areas of human footprint (e.g., seismic lines).

Mapping habitat recovery has management implications for Woodland Caribou—an endangered species whose decline has been linked to the density of seismic lines on the landscape. This year, with the support of our collaborators (Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Wildlife Science Centre, and InnoTech Alberta), we increased our data collection, covering over 6% of Alberta (over 40,000 square kilometres—around the size of Switzerland!). We are still working out the details of adding these data to our collection of available datasets, so stay tuned!

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BIOLOGISTS'

JOB BOARD



Intermediate Wetland Biologist

 

Vegetation Ecologist

 

Intermediate Soils Scientist

 

Wildlife Biologist - Project Manager

 

Senior Environmental Scientist

 

Wildlife Biologist/Ecologist

 

Intermediate Biologist

 

Senior Environmental Project Manager

 

Wildlife Biologist

 

Regional Wildlife Ecologist

 

Aquatic Biologist

 

Fisheries Biologist

 

Wildlife Biologist

 

Senior/Intermediate Aquatic Biologist

 

Senior Wildlife Bioligist

 

Wetland Specialist

 

Ecology and Geomatics Summer Jobs

 

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SEMINARS, WEBINARS & CONFERENCES

DECEMBER

Workshop:

Transboundary Grassland Partnership

The theme for this year (December 6-7)  is ‘Native Grasslands: Culture, Carbon and Conservation’. The event will be held at Living Sky Casino in Swift Current, SK. You can find more information, and register, HERE.

SEMINARS, WEBINARS & CONFERENCES

FEBRUARY

10th Annual Native Prairie

Restoration/Reclamation Workshop

Registration is now open for the 10th Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop on February 7 and 8, 2024, at Saskatoon. The schedule is online and you can register HERE.

Standard Track & Sign Evaluation

With David Moskowitz, on February 24 & 25, 2024 in the Edmonton Area (details disclosed at a later date). This 2-day field-based workshop is an unparalleled opportunity to learn from one of North America’s top wildlife trackers. It offers an opportunity for naturalists, field biologists, and outdoor enthusiasts of any skill-level to advance their abilities in wildlife track and sign identification and interpretation, and potentially earn an internationally recognised Track and Sign Certification from Tracker Certification North America. Find more information and register HERE.

GRASSLAND RESTORATION FORUM

FALL EVENTS 

  • Grassland Restoration Forum Fall Information Session GRF Fall Information Session, Claresholm, Alberta, November 16th, 2023. The theme this year is SEEDS. A meeting of the Southern Alberta Native Seed Collaborative (SANSC) is planned for the following day.


Register online for the above events HERE. For more information, contact info.grf.ab@gmail.com or call Donna Watt at 403-563-8925.

 

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Water Quality Assessment and Management – Online, December 4-6, 2023

https://nrtraininggroup.com/events/water-quality-assessment-and-management-online-december-4-6-2023/

 

Avian Nest Sweeps and Monitoring Methods – Online – December 5-6, 2023

https://nrtraininggroup.com/events/avian-nest-sweeps-and-monitoring-methods-online-december-5-6-2023/

 

Species at Risk – Online, December 5-6, 2023

https://nrtraininggroup.com/events/species-at-risk-online-december-5-6-2023/

 

Experimental Design in Ecology – Online, December 7- 8, 2023

https://nrtraininggroup.com/events/experimental-design-in-ecology-online-december-7-8-2023/

 

For course details and the full calendar of upcoming courses the link is here:

https://nrtraininggroup.com/schedule/

SALMTEC

 COURSES AND TRAINING PROGRAMS

 

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Fall 2023 Registration Now Open!

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

Online Content + Live Streaming Class (December 8, 2023)


Fall 2023 Registration Now Open!

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

Online Content + Live Streaming Class (December 1, 2023)


Ongoing

SALMTEC Online Course: Wetland Policy Basics

Online


Ongoing

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

Online


Ongoing

SALMTEC Snackable Learning Course: Alberta Soil Information Viewer

Online


VISIT THE SALMTEC CONNECTOR 

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 HERE.

Giving back and paying it forward:

The Field Law Community Fund Program has announced the recipients of the 2023 Field Law Fund Community Program, which will distribute $75,000 in funding to local initiatives! Supporting our community has never been more important, and this year a record-breaking 151 amazing applications were submitted. Over 40,000 votes were cast, three judging panels met, and the winners have now been selected. More details here from Field Law: Info Link

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):


A measurement-based upstream oil and gas methane inventory for Alberta, Canada reveals higher emissions and different sources than official estimates

 

Establishing peatforming plant communities: A comparison of wetland reclamation methods in Alberta's oil sands region

 

The Influence of Temporal and Spatial Variability in Trout-perch (Percopsis omiscomaycus) Whole Organism Characteristics on Monitoring Strategies

 

Fortress Conservation: Removals of Indigenous People from Protected Areas in the United States

 

Core genes driving climate adaptation in plants

 

Wild Research Institute

 

Draft genome sequences of six Pseudomonas spp. and one Rheinheimera sp. isolated from oil sands process-affected water from Alberta, Canada

 

Complete genome sequence of Pseudomonas veronii strain OST1911 isolated from oil sand tailing pond water in Alberta, Canada

 

Sexes in sync: phenotypic plasticity, sexual selection and phenological synchrony between the sexes in a wild hibernator

 

Introduction: Managing Complex Tasks with Systems Thinking

 

Historical associations and spatiotemporal changes of pathogen presence in ticks in Canada: A systematic review

 

Heirloom crops may help deal with agriculture and climate change

 

Soil properties following borrow pit reclamation with insufficient topsoil amended with peat and biochar

 

The secret carbon eaters

 

Chronostratigraphy, Analogues, and Facies Characterization of Fluvio-Tidal Strata: McMurray Formation, Alberta, Canada

 

The effect of sunrise timing and mountain aspect on the dawn chorus of Swainson's Thrush

 

Remote Sensing Applications in Monitoring Poplars: A Review

 

Advances in wetland hydrology: the Canadian contribution over 75 years

 

Beyond black spruce: shift in plant communities after frequent fire in a Yukon subarctic boreal forest

 

Photo Census Surveys of Thick-Billed Murres (Uria lomvia) at Cape Parry Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Northwest Territories

 

Interpretation of digital imagery to estimate juvenile stand attributes in managed boreal stands, density, stocking and height

 

Using drone imagery to obtain population data of colony-nesting seabirds to support Canada's transition to the global Key Biodiversity Areas program. Nature …

 

Grizzly bear responses to restrictions of recreation in Yellowstone National Park

 

Differences in Soil Fungal Communities between Forested Reclamation and Forestry Sites in the Alberta Oil Sands Region

 

Wetland cover in agricultural landscapes is positively associated with bumblebee abundance

 

Genetic structure of a large recolonizing carnivore: the case of the northern cougars (Puma concolor)

 

Characterizing the Impacts of Seismic Exploration Lines on the Hydrology and Vadose Zone for a Watershed in West-Central Alberta

 

  

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