August 1, 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.

Do trees make people healthier?
A new project in California is tracking the impact of urban forestry on health expenses by correlating trees' locations with medical data. This pilot project will be based on various geospatial data sets which can show whether any location in the entire region consists of trees, shrubs, buildings, grass or pavement, correlated with "big data" from the health care management system. Researchers expect to see a 1:10 to 1:100 ratio for investment in urban green space with regard to reduction of health care expenditures (investing $1 in planting and maintaining urban trees would reduce health care costs nearby by $10 to $100).
Thank-you to Toso Bozic, a Bioenergy/Agroforestry Specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, for bringing this item to our attention.
Canada ranks last in G7
for protected lands (CPAWS)

In its latest annual report on the state of protected areas in Canada, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is calling Canada out for ranking last among G7 countries in the percentage of land and freshwater protected for nature.
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Our readers respond to articles which appear in BIOS Quarterly and the Monthly and Mid-Month Update.
On "Bees need sanctuaries too!"

In the following commentary, Mari Decker, P. Biol., writes in response to an article published in ASPB's BIOS Quarterly, Volume 32, No.2.
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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.

Volunteers needed in Calgary!
Brentwood's Sustainability Festival

A "Free & Family Friendly Outdoor Festival" is being held in Brentwood in mid-August, and the committee needs two vegetation biology volunteers. Please contact Andrea. 
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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.
Save the date:
Managing rivers, reservoirs & lakes
in the face of drought 
The Instream Flow Council will host FLOW 2018 conference on April 24-26, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colorado. The conference is titled " Managing Rivers, Reservoirs, and Lakes in the Face of Drought; Practical Tools and Strategies for Sustaining and Protecting Ecological Values of Water...
Alberta launches new online system for Wildlife Research Permits
and Collection Licences
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Alberta Wetland
Policy Implementation
Notice - June 1, 2017.
Just released: 
Beneficial Management Practices 
for renewable energy projects
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The following positions are currently open (as of publication date): 
Intermediate Fisheries Biologist
Environmental Scientist
Environmental Project Manager
Avian Biologist for Waterfowl Monitoring
Qualified Aquatic Environmental Specialist (QAES) and Wetland Specialist
Intermediate Field Biologist
Team Lead - Biophysical Group
Oil Sands Principal Biologist (Avian & Wildlife)
Riparian Range Specialist - Southern Alberta
Environmental Specialist
Intermediate Environmental Consultant
Junior/Intermediate Environmental Science Practitioner
Senior Aquatic Biologist
Intermediate Aquatic Biologist
Environmental Biologist
Geomatics Specialist
Intermediate Biologist
GIS Specialist
Please go to the 
JOB MARKET on the ASPB website 
for more details, HERE 
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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Aquality offers wetlands courses
at Edmonton and Calgary in August
Aquality Environmental Consulting Ltd.  offers Alberta Wetlands: From Classification to Policy and Alberta Wetlands Field Assessment. The next courses are in Edmonton (Aug. 2-4) and Calgary (Aug. 9-11). For more information please e-mail HERE.   
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 .

This month's banner photo credit:
Erin Rooney
, P. Biol.