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Limber pine declared endangered

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December 11, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Three tree species have been assessed as at risk in Canada due to disease and alien insects, including the limber pine found here. At a recent meeting in Ottawa, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessed limber pine, which  [ Read More ]

December 10, 2014 – The Crag & Canyon. Avalanche Canada received some support from the federal government earlier this month with the announcement of increased financial support through Parks Canada. The newly announced funding, $600,000 over four years that builds on a previous $225,000 commitment from Environment Canada, will go towards general support of Avalanche  [ Read More ]

November 24, 2014. Charlie Locke returns to Alberta today from the ‘Oscars’ of the ski industry – The World Ski Awards – with two prestigious trophies. Lake Louise won Canada’s Best Ski Resort, and Locke was bestowed the tribute of Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism for the Americas. “This is the high point of my  [ Read More ]

November 13, 2014 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. It’s chilly weeks like this one when I wish I could head into a cozy den and hibernate, but it appears not all bears feel the same way. According to Bow Valley Wildsmart, there were no reports of either grizzly bears or black bears last week. They added that  [ Read More ]

November 06, 2014 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. As caribou populations continue to decline across Alberta, an environmental group is calling the province’s recovery plan for the threatened species a failure. The province introduced a woodland caribou recovery plan in 2004 to improve protection of the species by engaging Aboriginals in discussions, encouraging  [ Read More ]

October 28, 2014 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. A four-and-a-half year old grizzly bear orphaned when its mother was killed by a train in 2011 has suffered a similar fate — only on the highway. Around 9 p.m. Sunday, a male bear known as No. 128 was struck and injured on the Trans-Canada  [ Read More ]

July 02, 2014 – The Fitzhugh. Contributed by Parks Canada. To help guide visitors to iconic scenic viewpoints where they can connect with nature, Jasper National Park is now participating in Parks Canada’s Red Chair program. Inspired by the success of a similar program in Gros Morne National Park, visitors can use GPS coordinates or  [ Read More ]

October 16, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Rob Alexander. A series of projects focused on bolstering the dwindling number of woodland caribou in Alberta and B.C. appear to be providing both dramatic results and some optimism about the future of caribou in Western Canada. Boreal woodland caribou are classified as threatened in Canada,  [ Read More ]

September 16, 2014. Story by Luke Raymond. Fall is one of the best times of year to visit the Canadian Rockies. The temperatures are still warm, the colours are amazing, and wildlife is abundant. Our travel counselors have put together their favourite fall adventures in the Rockies.  Larch Hikes Larch trees are the only needled  [ Read More ]

September 21, 2014 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz. BANFF NATIONAL PARK — Like many grizzly bears, she spent much of her summer on the move. On her own for the first time, the three-and-a-half year old female now known as No. 148 was regularly spotted around the Banff townsite — at the recreation  [ Read More ]

September 18, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Justin Brisbane. Two male grizzly bear cubs are dead following a road strike early Wednesday (Sept. 17) morning on the Dead Man’s Flats off-ramp, as highway wildlife mortality numbers continue to climb. It’s the second tragic grizzly bear death on the Trans-Canada Highway in 10 days  [ Read More ]

September 12, 2014 – Crag & Canyon. Story by Russ Ullyot. The colours of fall are starting to arrive, and no more are they in stark contrast to the greens of spring and summer than among the Larch trees over the next couple of weeks. The annual golden event is a big draw in Banff  [ Read More ]

September 3, 2014 – Avenue Calgary Magazine. Story by Meghan J. Ward. Autumn brings with it a change of colours and, more often than not, a mountain of stress. As summer vacations give way to the familiar juggling act, consider leaving the busyness behind to tap into what matters most. If Zen is what you’re  [ Read More ]

Run-off closes Cavell Road in Jasper

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August 20, 2014 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Nicole Veerman. Cavell Tarn overflowed Saturday morning, washing out the road immediately below the parking lot and indefinitely closing the Mount Edith Cavell day-use area to visitors. According to Pam Clark, visitor experience manager for Jasper National Park, the incident was caused by a combination of factors,  [ Read More ]

June 17, 2014 – Crag & Canyon. Story by Pamela Roth, QMI Agency. Knees shaking, heart racing, I inch closer to the glass platform overlooking the rugged valley 300 metres below. I’m in the Canadian Rockies near the Columbia Icefield, about to take my first step onto the Glacier Skywalk — a U-shaped glass-floor observation  [ Read More ]

August 07, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Jordan Small. Multiple mountain bike structures in the Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park’s restricted area were dismantled following a 15-person tear down effort last week. The structures were illegally constructed along unauthorized trails in the wildlife corridor near Highline Trail and included bike jumps, ramps, tresses,  [ Read More ]

August 07, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Two grizzly bear cubs often seen in the Lake Louise area are thought to have been killed by larger male grizzlies. Parks Canada officials say one of the cubs of bear 138 – a female bear fitted with a GPS collar as part of  [ Read More ]

August 06, 2014 – Crag & Canyon. Story by Michelle Ferguson. Don’t go into the woods they say — you might come face to face with an angry bear, or worse an angry conservation officer. Despite a closure near Quarry Lake as many as 60 individuals were caught on camera in the area. The area  [ Read More ]

July 9, 2014 – Calgary Herald. Story by Colette Derworiz.  A grizzly bear that was part of a monitoring program in Banff National Park has been legally shot and killed by a hunter in British Columbia during this spring’s harvest. The male bear, No. 125, was the second bear tagged and collared in 2012 during  [ Read More ]

Be bear aware in berry season

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July 31, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert. It is that time of year again when delicious buffalo berries, or shepherdia, begin to ripen just right in the valley bottoms, attracting black and grizzly bears to enjoy the harvest. But plentiful berries also means bears are food focused in the bushes, making  [ Read More ]

July 16, 2014 – The Crag & Canyon. Story by Justin Parsons. Parks Canada officials are hoping repairs to damaged sections of the Legacy Trail can be completed by the end of August. During last year’s flood event, TransAlta was forced to open the spillway at Lake Minnewanka, resulting in huge volumes of water washing  [ Read More ]

July 10, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Tanya Foubert. Three more black bears have been struck and killed by vehicles travelling through the mountain national parks since last Tuesday, July 1. It brings the total number of black bears killed this year to nine, prompting Parks Canada officials to again remind motorists travelling  [ Read More ]

July 03, 2014 – Rocky Mountain Outlook. Story by Cathy Ellis. Parks Canada has confirmed a grizzly bear was struck by a train in Banff National Park – but can’t say whether the bruin died or survived. Officials say Canadian Pacific Railway reported a grizzly bear may have been struck on the railway line east  [ Read More ]

July 02, 2104 – The Fitzhugh. Story by Trevor Nichols. Ski Marmot Basin put the details of its long-range plan on display June 24, in an open house at the Lobstick Lodge in Jasper. The open house was the second held in two days (the first one was in Edmonton), and provided a way for  [ Read More ]

June 25, 2014 – Revelstoke Times Review. Story by Kevin Bollefer, Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild. On May 24th, exactly two months after 12 local mountain caribou were placed in their trial maternity pen, project personnel started to see the fruits of their labour. The first caribou calf was born by a happy and  [ Read More ]

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