Pronghorn, LIC Grasslands Tour 2013, AB (photo by NCC)

Pronghorn, LIC Grasslands Tour 2013, AB (photo by NCC)

NatureTalks: Why Grasslands Matter

Join us for our first speaker event in Lethbridge!

Join us in Lethbridge to celebrate the iconic grassland species and the important role habitat conservation plays in their survival. A panel of local experts will share stories and insights about pronghorn, sage-grouse, ferruginous hawk and other amazing creatures of this endangered ecosystem.

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 6 p.m. reception | 7 p.m. presentation
Location: Helen Schuler Nature Centre
300 Indian Battle Rd South, Lethbridge, AB
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Speakers

Craig Harding, manager: conservation science and planning, AB (Photo by Craig Harding)Craig Harding
Manager of Conservation Science and Planning
Nature Conservancy of Canada, Alberta Region

Craig Harding completed his BSc in ecology with a minor in geography at the University of Western Ontario. While completing his undergraduate degree, he was involved in research focused on insects, bats, yeast, small mammals and plant ecology. These experiences led him to Belize, the Rocky Mountains, Sonoran Desert and more locally in southwestern Ontario. He moved to South Africa in 2012 and spent the next three years engaged in research and conservation initiatives in a very different part of the world. There he worked with fruit bats and birds, learning about the interactions between climate patterns and animal behaviour. After a year in the Kalahari Desert, he moved to Cape Town to study African penguins and completed an MSc in conservation biology with BirdLife South Africa. During this time he studied movement patterns of African penguins in relation to food availability and the disturbances they face from fishing pressures. Following his time in South Africa, Craig returned to Canada and worked for the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, collecting habitat and species data between Edmonton and Wood Buffalo National Park. After a summer re-acclimatizing to the Canadian weather, he started working for the Nature Conservancy of Canada and has been with the organization for the past four years.

Megan Jensen (Photo courtesy Megan Jensen)Megan Jensen
Natural Area Manager - Southeast Alberta
Nature Conservancy of Canada, Alberta Region

Megan Jensen grew up in Calgary, Alberta, but spent most of her free time growing up camping and fishing north of the city on a property her parents owned west of Bowden, Alberta, on the Red Deer River. She moved to Lethbridge to pursue a post-secondary education in environmental science. During this time, Megan worked with the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) on the Pronghorn Resource and Enhancement Monitoring Project and with the Multiple Species at Risk (MULTISAR) program. Megan continued working with ACA and MULTISAR after she completed school, until relocating to Medicine Hat in 2016. She then started working with the Miistakis Institute in 2017 as the Medicine Hat project coordinator for the Pronghorn Xing program and for the Nature Conservancy Canada as the natural area manager for Southeast Alberta, both of which allow her to continue her passion for working in Alberta’s grasslands.

Adam Moltzhan Headshot (Photo provided by Adam Moltzhan)Adam Moltzahn
Wildlife Biologist
Alberta Conservation Association

Adam Moltzahn is a wildlife biologist with the Alberta Conservation Association, working primarily on the Multiple Species At Risk (MULTISAR) program. He is involved with completing wildlife surveys and collaborating with landowners to discuss enhancement projects on their properties to maintain and improve habitat for species at risk. When Adam is not listening for songbirds at sunrise, you can find him fishing and hiking in the nearby mountains.

Leta Pezderic (Photo courtesy Leta Pezderic)Leta Pezderic
Natural Area Manager – Prairie Grasslands
Nature Conservancy of Canada, Alberta Region

Leta Pezderic grew up in Claresholm, Alberta, and then moved to Lethbridge to pursue her post-secondary education. She received her diploma in renewable resource management as well as a certificate in fish and wildlife technology from Lethbridge College. From there she transferred to the University of Lethbridge where she obtained her degree in environmental science. Leta spent her summers working in Waterton Lakes National Park. After graduating, she was fortunate to work at a variety of places, including Cows and Fish, Lethbridge College and Alberta Environment. She spent nearly seven years with the Oldman Watershed Council as their program coordinator before joining the Nature Conservancy of Canada team in 2015 as the natural area manager for prairie grasslands. She is passionate about all things nature and tries to capture its beauty through photography; you’ll rarely find her without her camera in hand. She feels privileged to get to partner with stewards of the land working on initiatives to protect grassland species through the conservation of their habitat. She and her husband have put down their roots in the coulees north of Coaldale, along the Oldman River the perfect place for their three boys and all their critters to roam free!

Questions?

Please contact: Kysha Moradel-Takaguchi
1-877-231-3552 ext.7214
alberta.rsvp@natureconservancy.ca

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