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CALL is pleased to announce the relaunch of their popular Science and Environment Lecture Series, beginning in January. We will be using the Zoom Webinar format which allows for larger numbers of attendees and a more orderly presentation format. A Q&A feature in the Webinar platform allows for the audience to ask questions of the speaker at the end of the presentation. The sessions will be held at 7:30 PM on the first Tuesday of the month, as was the custom pre-Covid.


Alberta has never faced such daunting challenges and unavoidable disruption of our own myths. Author and naturalist Kevin van Tighem explores the possibilities in our moment in history, drawing from the provocative essays and ideas assembled in his newest book, Wild Roses Are Worth It. Kevin reflects on the “Alberta Advantage” and how it is and could be reflected in our treatment of nature.

Speaker: Kevin van Tighem

Kevin requires no introduction for many of us; he has made several presentations to CALL regarding the health of our headwaters. Kevin Van Tighem was born and raised in Calgary. His family roots in what is now Alberta go back to 1875. He graduated with a degree in plant ecology from the University of Calgary in 1977 and went on to work as a biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service. In 1985 Kevin joined Parks Canada and subsequently worked in various national parks before retiring as a park superintendent in 2011. Kevin is the author of fifteen books on wildlife and conservation and writes a regular column ("This Land") in Alberta Views magazine. His most recent book is Wild Roses are Worth It.

Date:  Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Time:  7:30 pm
 Online Via Zoom
To Sign up  Register
** You must be a member of CALL to register for this event


Return of the Bison

Tens of millions of bison, commonly known as buffalo, once roamed the Great Plains and Eastern Slopes but the rapid decline of this population more than a century ago almost led to their extinction. In 2017, Parks Canada initiated a five year project to reintroduce this keystone species into Banff National Park*. This presentation will provide a progress report and update on this important project.

Speaker: Karsten Heuer

Karsten Heuer, Bison Reintroduction Project Manager, Banff National Park. has had a long and notable career in the great outdoors. He is an award winning author of several books including Walking the Big Wild: from Yellowstone to the Yukon on the Grizzly Bears’ Trail and Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot with a Caribou Herd. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Geographic Society, recipient of the Alec Munro Award for Wildlife Preservation and past President of the YtoY Conservation Initiative. His long association with Banff National Park began in his student days. He is currently the Project Manager for the Bison Reintroduction Project.

See www.parkscanada.gc.ca/banff-bison for more information

 Date:  Tuesday, November 2, 2021
 Time: 7:30 pm
 Where: Online Via Zoom
 To Sign up: Registration Opens October 6
** You must be a member of CALL to register for this event

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