Received the following from Lesley Peterson, Alberta Provincial Biologist, TUC re some upcoming opportunities:
Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN): Some chapters have expressed an interest in getting involved in an invertebrate monitoring program. For those interested in taking some training, there are a few opportunities this summer to become field certified in the CABIN protocol. This is a nationally accepted standard and uses online tools and resources. The training involves the completion of some online learning modules and field certification (depending on which level of training you are interested it). There is a cost to the training but there are discounts for NGOs. For more information, visit this website: https://www.canadianriversinstitute.com/training/cabin/
Stream Rehabilitation Training Program (SRT): We are offering our SRT program in November in Calgary. Thanks to support from the City of Calgary, Alberta Conservation Association, Alberta Ecotrust Foundation and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, we are able to provide substantial discounts to TUC members (80% off), Indigenous Peoples (80% off), students (65% off) and individuals sponsored by other environmental groups. Contact us for more details on pricing (firstname.lastname@example.org). Dates and additional details about the course can be found on our website: https://tucanada.org/stream-rehabilitation-from-form-to-function-a-training-course/
Native Trout Recovery in Alberta: TUC has partnered with Alberta Environment and Parks and other NGOs including Alberta Conservation Association, Cows and Fish, and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) on a native trout recovery collaboration in Alberta and some funding is pending from the federal Nature Fund, administered by DFO, to support this work over the next four years. Priority watersheds include: Kakwa, Upper Athabasca (including upper Pembina, Berland, and Mackenzie Creek), upper North Saskatchewan and lower Ram, upper Clearwater, upper Red Deer, Pinto Lake, Silvester Creek, Ghost/Waiparous, and upper Oldman/Livingstone. These line up well with some work TUC (and Chapters) already have underway. If you would like to discuss ideas or opportunities for your chapter to be involved, please feel free to call or e-mail me.
Salvelinus confluentus Curiosity Society Meeting: This annual gathering of the friends of Bull Trout is taking place August 27-29 in Oregon. Some TUC staff have attended this event in the past and found it insightful and interesting to learn what other jurisdictions are doing to protect and recover Bull Trout and to connect with people working on Bull Trout. Registration and details can be found here: https://orafs.123signup.com/event/details/rjkxh;jsessionid=5B41D0F9107270282B4027777B237510
Changes to Federal Fisheries Act: On June 21, 2019, Bill C-68 received Royal Assent, modernizing the Fisheries Act. For four years, TUC has advocated and provided input to modernize the Fisheries Act and restore protections for fish and fish habitat. More information can be found here: http://www.dfo-mpo.g.../index-eng.html
Draft Westslope Cutthroat Trout Recovery Strategy and Action Plan (Alberta Population): DFO released a draft recovery strategy and action plan for the Alberta population of Westslope Cutthroat Trout (this plan was supposed to have been completed 4 years ago). The plan expands upon what can be considered critical habitat by including upstream reaches as well as riparian areas. This is positive as it recognizes the upstream and terrestrial connections; however not all of these upstream and riparian areas are automatically considered critical habitat which leaves some room for interpretation. More information can be found here: https://wildlife-spe...documentID=3520. Note that the consultation deadline is July 13, 2019.
Chapter projects and news: Just a reminder that we are always looking for content for our website, News Stream, and social media and want to celebrate and share the work being done by chapters. If you have an idea for a News Stream article about your chapter, or need some help with social media, please contact me or Phil Rowley, TUC Director of Marketing and Communications (email@example.com).