August 15, 2017
Wetlands Practice Area
announcement and updates

ASPB Members Laurie Hamilton and Susan Patey LeDrew have taken on the roles of Chair and Co-Chair of the Wetland Practice Area standing committee. The committee will identify a strategy on how the practice area will be developed and anticipates the first committee meeting to be later this month.
ASPB staffer moving on;
headed for Olds College

ASPB Administrative Assistant Christina Golubic will be leaving the Society at the end of August to take a diploma course in Apparel Technology at Olds College. Christina, who has been with the ASPB since February 2016, has been considering taking on this career change for a number of years, and says that while she will miss the ASPB, she is looking forward to pursuing her dream. "Christina is one of those people who - when they leave an organization - they leave it in a better state than when they joined," says Executive Director Dean Falkenberg. "She will be missed."
Got something to say?
Bring it on!

Got something to say? The Alberta Society of Professional Biologists welcomes articles from ASPB Members for publication in BIOS Quarterly and/or the Monthly e-news series. We have rolling deadlines through the year, but we do have two-week cut-offs prior to any publication. Articles should, of course, be relevant to the practice of biology; for our new editorial guidelines please go HERE.

City of Calgary RFP

Calgary Parks is seeking consultants to complete research related to invasive plants and pest management in Calgary.
Discovering the edible & medicinal plants of southwestern Alberta

There are many uses, both edible and medicinal, for introduced species in addition to the native species of herbaceous plants that can be found from the Calgary area west and south. Learn about them, and how to use them, from tea, to afterbite, making cordage and a sautéed feast. Our native plants have played a huge role in human relations over the centuries.
Presenter:      Julie Walker
Date:               Sept 29, 2017
Time:              12:00 noon to 1:30pm
Location :         Calgary
For more information and to register, please go HERE.

Join us for a half-day walk on Sept. 30 (Saturday) - a perfect way to round-out the presentation! Read more HERE
August 27 at Kananaskis:
Volunteer biologists wanted
for field course discussion panel

This discussion panel will take place at the Barrier Lake Field Station in Kananaskis Country on Hwy 40, as a component of a field course being offered by the University of Calgary. The goal of the course is to give students an introduction to field ecology techniques, and the discussion panel will give students the opportunity to speak with professional biologists and ask questions related to careers in the field.
If this opportunity to share your knowledge and wisdom is of interest, please contact aquatic biologist Nilo Sinnatamby by email HERE  , or by telephone at 587-284-8549.

CLRA annual conference
will be held in Fort McMurray

The Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) is hosting the 42nd Annual CLRA National AGM, Conference & Tours in Fort McMurray from Sept. 18 - 21, 2017.
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Entomological Society of Alberta
announces 65th annual meeting
The 65th annual meeting of the Entomological Society of Alberta will be held September 28-30, 2017 at Coleman, AB (Crowsnest Pass). The keynote speaker will be Dr. Alejandro Costamagna, University of Manitoba.
SER (Western Canada) Conference:
Restoration for Resilience
Restoration for Resilience: Ecological Restoration in the 21st Century will be hosted February 13-16, 2018 by the Society for Ecological Restoration (Western Canada) in partnership with the joint Ecological Restoration program of British Columbia Institute of Technology and Simon Fraser University.
AEP releases guidance
for VOCs in soil
In response to questions from remediation practitioners, Alberta Environment and Parks has released additional guidance for the methanol preservation method for volatile organic compounds in soil. Questions can be directed HERE.
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Just released: 
Beneficial Management Practices for renewable energy projects
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Alberta launches new online system for Wildlife Research Permits and Collection Licences
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The following positions are open as of publication date: 
Please go to the 
ASPB website
for information about closing dates, employers and job locations. 
Foothills Restoration Forum
will host range health course
The Foothills Restoration Forum is offering range health assessment training  on September 14, 2017 at Antelope Creek Ranch, Brooks, Alberta.  This workshop will be of value to reclamation practitioners working in native grasslands, as well as others involved in managing native rangeland.
Early Bird Registration closes August 11, 2017.
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Upcoming NRTG courses
The Natural Resources Training Group (NRTG) offers courses this autumn in electrofishing (certification), streambank restoration and fish habitat assessment at various locations in and near Alberta:  

Electrofishing , Cochrane, September 25-26th

Streambank Restoration  Cochrane, Sept. 28-29th 

Fish Habitat Assessment -  

Prince George, BC, September 27-29th

Cochrane, October 2-4th

Fort St John, BC, October 2-4th 

Full NRTG course schedule  and information are available HERE. 
Alberta Society of Professional Biologists 
The ASPB regulates the professional practice of biology in the disciplines of Botany, Zoology, Environmental Biology and Microbiology, and all sub-disciplines below them. The ASPB is the only organization for biologists in Alberta that is registered under Provincial laws, and it achieved this status in 1991 after the approval of The Professional Biologists Regulation and the Alberta Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act .

Banner Photo: ASPB Bird ID Course
Photo Credit:

Susan Patey LeDrew
, P. Biol.