Biosphere blitz (Photo by Brent Calver)

Biosphere blitz (Photo by Brent Calver)

NatureTalks: Impact and Innovation in Conservation Science

Five input data sets for the Bow River Watershed (Photo by Suzanne Marechal)

Five input data sets for the Bow River Watershed (Photo by Suzanne Marechal)

On Thursday, October 17, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is hosting a NatureTalks speaker series in Calgary, Alberta, to celebrate impact and innovation in conservation science.

NCC’s Conservation Science Impact Fund was created to support research and education that enhances conservation, habitat stewardship and biodiversity. The speakers at this event are the first round of funding recipients. Over the course of the evening, they will share their research and the effect it has had on the future of conservation in Alberta.

The evening will be moderated by NCC’s own Craig Harding, director of conservation science and planning. Speakers will include:

  • Suzanne Marechal, Nature Conservancy of Canada. In 2015, Suzanne began creating a mapping tool created to showcase areas suitable for conservation in the Bow River Watershed. Working with NCC and other land trusts, this project has grown to include the Oldman, Bow and Red Deer River basins.
  • Jeff Bectell, Waterton Biosphere Reserve. Jeff is the coordinator of the Carnivores and Communities Program of the Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association in southwest Alberta. His presentation will focus on this program, which helps local landowners manage the challenges of supporting large carnivores on their farms and ranches.
  • Trevor Reid, Nature Conservancy of Canada.  A GIS professional, Trevor is dedicated to incorporating innovative methods for using spatial information technology to enhance conservation decision making. Trevor will speak about aerial monitoring and using this high-resolution imagery for conservation planning and monitoring.
  • Megan Jensen, Miistakis Institute and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. A passionate conservationist, Megan’s list of environmental credentials include working with the Alberta Conservation Association on the Pronghorn Resource and Enhancement Monitoring Project, the Multiple Species at Risk program, NCC and as the project coordinator for the Pronghorn Xing program for the Miistakis Institute. Pronghorn Xing is a citizen science program in which information on wildlife sightings collected by the public will allow for a better understanding of where pronghorn, Canada’s fastest land animal, and other wildlife are crossing highways.

The event will take place at the Cardel Theatre. Reception begins at 6 p.m. and the presentations begin at 7 p.m.

Admission is by donation at the door.

Reserve your seat today by emailing alberta.rsvp@natureconservancy.ca.

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