NOVEMBER 1, 2023

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ASPB Annual General Meeting #48

will take place Friday, Nov. 24, 2023 at 9:15 am

at the Red Deer Resort and Casino in Red Deer, AB

Registered members in good standing may also attend remotely. You can find the agenda and register on the ASPB website HERE.

ASPB Fee Renewal Schedule

Is Now Posted Online

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.

Streams of Consequence:

We have an obligation

to bear witness...

Lorne Fitch, P. Biol., long-serving (and recently retired) wildlife biologist with the Government of Alberta, and an early member of the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists, has written Streams of Consequence, indeed a seminal work from this professional biologist and columnist, published by Rocky Mountain Books on October 17, 2023. As Monte Hummel, President Emeritus of the World Wildlife Fund, wrote in his review, “Lorne’s book deserves a broad readership – for the lessons it holds not just for Alberta, but for our country and planet.” Read more:


You can go to the conference page on the ASPB website


and register for a place on the conference wait list.



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Aquatic Biologist

Small Mammal and Herpetofauna Biologist

Conservation Biologist

Senior Wildlife Biologist

Environmental, Ecology and Geomatics 2024


Wildlife Discipline Lead

Intermediate to Senior

Vegetation Ecologist

Biologist/Environmental Monitor

Regulatory Specialist

Environmental Project Coordinator

Senior Risk Assessor

Biologist and Team Lead

Environmental Planner - Team Lead







The Conference Committee is looking for volunteers to assist with speaker time management and attending to the video recording device in presentation rooms during concurrent sessions. Please contact the Conference Manager, Jessica Koehli .

AEP announces Snake River

Reservoir Expansion Project

Proposed terms of reference for the Eastern Irrigation District (EID) Snake Lake Reservoir Expansion Project are now available for public comment. The EID is proposing the Snake Lake Reservoir Expansion Project which would expand the current Snake Lake Reservoir within Sections 29, 30, 31, and 32 in Township 19, Range 16, W4M, increasing the reservoir area by 780 ha to a total area of 1,100 ha and water capacity would increase by 68 million m3 to 86 million m3. The Project would include the construction of 9 km of earthen banks up to 20 m in height, and the removal of all or a portion of the East Dam to connect the existing reservoir with the expanded reservoir.

More information about the project and the proposed terms of reference are available at: Comments are due to the director by December 8, 2023.

New results and features for

ABMI’s Biodiversity Browser

The Biodiversity Browser is the place to go to find all the data and information the ABMI has compiled for the wide variety of species it monitors. More than 3000 individual species profiles are available in this portal, for species in seven taxonomic groups: birds, mammals, amphibians, soil mites, vascular plants, lichens, and mosses. The Biodiversity Browser has been recently updated to include updated species modelling results and field data as well as a new section for six mammal species (Black Bear, Canada Lynx, Coyote, Moose, Snowshoe Hare, White-tailed Deer), summarizing preliminary monitoring results in the Oil Sands Region. Results show how the abundances of these species are predicted to change in response to energy-related human footprint. Updates to the design of the species profiles make it easier to navigate between the sections: Status in Alberta, OSR Monitoring Results, and Species Facts. Read more.


NABC Banding Workshop

and Certification in Belize

Hosted by the Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society at the TREES Research Center in the Maya Mountains of Belize, these sessions will be held November 11-15, 2023 and November 17-18, 2023. For full information visit

Legislation and Conducting
Projects Near Water
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in Ontario, Prairie and Arctic regions are providing information sessions on DFO Legislation and Conducting Projects Near Water. To attend the November session, click here: November 21, 2023 @ 11:00-12:30 CST and allow the link to open in your web browser (please use Chrome or Edge). If you have the Teams application installed, click on “Open in Microsoft Teams” in the pop-up window or “Launch it Now”. If you do not have the Teams application installed, click “Join on the Web Instead”.
ASPB 2023 AGM and Conference
The ASPB 2023 Annual Conference will be on November 22, 23, and 24 at the Red Deer Resort and Casino in Red Deer, Alberta.
For More Information Go



Snow-tracking Field Essentials

With Joseph Litke, December 2, 2023 at Elk Island National Park. Snow Tracking Field Essentials is a one-day, field-based practical workshop on identifying tracks in snow. Suitable as a crash course for beginners, this course is frequently a “breakthrough” experience even for experienced trackers. Ideal for ecology students, wildlife researchers, and environmental consultants with any level of tracking knowledge or experience. Find more information and register HERE.


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.



10th Annual Native Prairie

Restoration/Reclamation Workshop

The 10th Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop will take place in February, 2024, in Saskatoon. Details will be posted 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 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 or call Donna Watt at 403-563-8925.








Water Sustainability Technician – Online – October 16 – December 22 2023


Land Guardian Program – October 23 – November 24th, 2023 – Fully Online


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




Join SALMTEC Tuesday November 28 12:00 to 1:00 for a free Alberta Wetland Policy Professional Practice Standard Webinar. SALMTEC is pleased to host a panel of professionals who co-authored the Wetland Professional Practice Standard, as they discuss how it was created, their experiences on how it is being used by Authenticating Wetland Professionals, as well as answers to audience questions. Spaces are limited, so Register early to reserve your spot.


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)


SALMTEC Online Course: Wetland Policy Basics



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



SALMTEC Snackable Learning Course: Alberta Soil Information Viewer



THE CONNECTOR is a compilation of applied science and land management event listings, across a variety of sectors and disciplines, published monthly.


Everett Hanna, P. Biol., heads up

new wildlife analytics laboratory

at Lethbridge College

Canada’s first Wildlife Analytics Lab using cementum analysis opened its doors at Lethbridge College on September 6, 2023, offering fee-for-service cementum analysis of wildlife teeth. Cementum analysis is a technique that involves examining the layers of cementum to determine the age, reproductive history, and even migratory patterns of wildlife species.

“We look forward to the opportunities the WAL will create for students and employees at Lethbridge College, growing our presence on the national and international research stages,” says Dr. Everett Hanna, leader on the WAL team along with Rhys Hakstol (chemical manager), Jonathan Friesen (logistics manager), and Kelsey Gourlie, (lab technician).

The new facility has already completed a preliminary comparative analysis for Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, and is receiving tooth analysis contracts from agencies and researchers across the country to improve wildlife management decisions and conservation efforts.

Corey Jarvis, President of the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society, which contributed substantial funding to support the new analytics lab, says the APOS is proud to help support the lab, for the benefit of all who use and appreciate wildlife in Alberta: “Strong and reliable data needs to be the foundation for wildlife management in our province.”

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):

AI helps to save endangered species


Species identity and tree size drive residual tree mortality in island remnants in burned and harvested boreal forests


Proactive use of intensive aversive conditioning increases probability of retreat by coyotes


Seasonal Weather Effects on Mass Variation and Torpor Expression in an Obligate Hibernator


Sex and diel period influence patterns of resource selection in elk


Linking biodiversity and geodiversity: Arctic-nesting birds select refuges generated by permafrost degradation


Hundreds of (ecology) analysts get different results


Feral horses need ‘urgent’ control (Australia)


How climate change-induced stress is altering fish hormones — with huge repercussions for reproduction


Potential of Macrophytes for Wastewater Remediation with Constructed Floating Wetlands in Cold Climates.


Building a Country - Stewards of the Grasslands


Drought tolerance of western Canadian forests tree species inferred from dendrochronology


Investigation of Anthropogenic Monoterpenes in Canadian Cities


Evaluation of breeding distribution and chronology of North American scoters


Warming experiments test the temperature sensitivity of an endangered butterfly across life history stages


Using camera traps to estimate habitat preferences and occupancy patterns of vertebrates in boreal wetlands


Bird flu virus strain has acquired mutations that allow it to adapt to diverse species causing spillover into wild birds


Characterization of incidental lesions and common causes of morbidity and mortality among free-ranging Leporidae in Canada.


Microbial Community Dynamics in Base Mine Lake, the First End-Pit Lake in the Alberta Oil sands Industry


Restoration of linear disturbances from oil-and-gas exploration in boreal landscapes: How can network models help?


Windmill Reduction Act (Montana)


The owls are coming: Positive effects of climate change in northern ecosystems depend on grassland protection

How to use Notion to organize research


Density estimates of unmarked mammals: Comparing two models and assumptions across multiple species and years.


Field Testing of a Physical Impact Mill in the Canadian Prairies


China is using big data for conservation


Inverted Soil Mounding as a Restoration Approach of Seismic Lines in Boreal Peatlands: Implications on Plant and Arthropod Abundance and Diversity


Crane flies (Diptera: Tipuloidea) of far northern Ontario and their distributions in the neighbouring regions of subarctic Canada


The Harms and Crimes Against Marine Wildlife


Movement ecology of endangered caribou during a COVID‐19 mediated pause in winter recreation


Density-dependent effects of exotic brook trout on aquatic communities in mountain lakes revealed by environmental DNA and morphological taxonomy


Coyote Killing: Where Species and Identities Collide


Effects of noise from oil and gas development on ungulates and small mammals—A science synthesis to inform National Environmental Policy Act analyses


A simple framework for maximizing camera trap detections using experimental trials


Carrying capacity and cumulative effects management: A case study using bighorn sheep



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