Reclamation and Reforestation Practitioner Events
Seminars, workshops, and field tours are targeted towards reclamation and reforestation practitioners, organized by the Centre for Boreal Research to disseminate research results and best management practices.
There are no upcoming Reclamation and Reforestation Practitioner Events at this time.
Boreal Nature Series
The Boreal Nature Series are informal educational events showcasing research occurring in the Peace Region. Events include public presentations and nature walks offered at no charge. Presentations are 1 hour in length during the evenings including time for questions.
The Boreal Nature Series are available as student classroom presentations in the Peace Region during school hours.
Contact Catherine Brown for more information.
- Topic TBA. August 2019 (date TBA). Grande Prairie. Guest speaker: Jean Rodriguez Ramos University of Alberta.
- Topic TBA. August 22, 2019 . Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre. 7 pm to 8pm. Guest speaker: Dr. Justine Karst, University of Alberta.
- Topic TBA. August 2019 (date TBA). Peace River (night 1), (Manning (night 2) Guest speaker: Dr. Matt Morison, University of Waterloo.
- Grizzly Bear DNA Research Update. November 2019 (date TBA). Guest speaker: Dr. Courtney Hughes, Alberta Environment and Parks.
- Boreal Birds. December 2019 (date TBA). Sarah Bradley, Alberta Conservation Association.
Walk in the Forest
Walk in the forest is an event geared for students in grade 6. Please contact Crystal Burrows for more information and to RSVP.
Alberta Native Plant Council, Peace Region Plant Study Group
Location: Centre for Boreal Research, Peace River, Alberta
The Alberta Native Plant Council (ANPC) is a provincial wide volunteer based organization promoting awareness and education about native plants in Alberta. Free winter monthly plant study meetings for the Peace Region group are held at the Centre for Boreal Research on the 1st Wednesday of October to May. In the summer there are plant walks on various dates. Anyone interested in learning about local plants is welcome – it is suitable for artists, naturalists, novice and expert botanists alike.
Learn more about the Peace Region Group (pdf).
For information about plant study groups around Alberta, visit the ANPC website.
Peace River Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 14, 2019
What is a Christmas Bird Count? The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the Western Hemisphere meet to count the birds in their regions. Peace River is one of 55 groups in Alberta! The data collected in the Christmas Bird Count helps scientists understand long-term trends for populations of winter birds.
How do I participate in a Christmas Bird Count? The date for the 2018 Peace River Christmas Bird Count is TBA, 2019. Participants can work alone or in a team to cover one of the nine sectors in Peace River. You can go out any time of day , however, you will see more birds if you go out in the morning. Most observers count for a few hours but you can count all day if you like! Bird surveys are done by vehicle or foot along pre-determined roads. No need to spend a chilly day outside! Any amount of time you'd like to spend counting birds is acceptable, you can count birds for a few hours at your bird feeder, you can hike a local trail, or you can drive and count birds as you see them.
Learn more about the Christmas Bird Count.
Bats: Peace River and surrounding area provides important habitat for bats, however, there is limited data on bat community distribution within the region. Using Echometers, a form of acoustic sound monitors that plug into your smartphone, you can help Alberta Environment and Parks fill knowledge gaps on bats in the boreal. Contact Catherine Brown or Courtney Hughes for more information. For more information on provincial initiatives visit Alberta Community Bat Program or Alberta Environment.
Bears: GrizzTracker is a specially designed smartphone app that the public can use to report grizzly bear sightings, while tracking participant effort. Similar to other wildlife counts (e.g. Christmas Bird Count) participant effort (time and distance) is necessary for collecting scientifically defensible data. This data helps scientists and policy makers to make appropriate decisions regarding grizzly bears and landscape management. Learn more about the GrizzTracker.
Snakes: Submit snake hibernacula sightings to the Alberta Conservation Association to help build an inventory and better understand the distribution and status of snakes in the region.
Bees: The Alberta Native Bee Council has a bumblebee box monitoring program. In Peace River, there is data collected on bee sightings. Contact Courtney Hughes for more information.
Photo Contest 2019
4th Annual Boreal Photo Contest