The Sneaky Neighbour You’ve Never Met!

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As today is Halloween, it seems appropriate to profile an animal that is typically associated with all things sneaky and dark: the raccoon! Many southern Alberta residents may never have seen a raccoon, as these creatures are nocturnal, so are not often spotted during the day. It is a commonly held belief that raccoons cannot… Read more »

The American Crow

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As Halloween approaches, it’s a perfect time to talk about one of our favorite creatures that is typically associated with all thing spooky – the crow! Crows are a part of the corvid family and are a very intelligent bird. They don’t have the best reputation, and are often thought of as a nuisance –… Read more »

Six Things to Know about Red Squirrels!

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With fall officially here to stay (for the time being), you’ll no doubt spot a variety of animals scurrying about as they make their winter preparations. One such critter you’ll likely spy this season is the beautiful, yet feisty red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus). A native to Alberta, this industrious rodent can be easily identified by… Read more »

Women and Wildlife

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October is Women’s History Month in Canada, “a time for Canadians to celebrate the achievements of women and girls throughout our history and recognize the trailblazing women who have shaped our country and way of life.” Among those women are a number of biologists, ecologists, and conservationists including AIWC founder Dianne Wittner. Dianne completed a… Read more »

Alberta Wildlife Recoveries: Wood Bison

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What are Wood Bison? Albertan wood bison (Bison bison athabascae) are a subspecies of the American bison, distinguished by their larger size, darker and woollier fur, and less hair on the forelegs and beards (Bork et al 1991). The boreal forest, specifically wetland-meadows and open savannah-like shrubland are the most important habitat types, but this… Read more »