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Conservation in Alberta: A Photo Essay

Conservation in Alberta: A Photo Essay

Across the province, conservationists are working hard to preserve Alberta’s beautiful landscapes and animals.

Alberta is a beautiful province. It should be protected (Photo of a conservation site at Frank Lake, provided by Ducks Canada).

 Conservation happens all across Alberta. While some conservation happens in laboratories or in centres, researchers often need to get out in the field to do this valuable work. In this photo, two researchers from the Alberta Conservation Association assess fish populations in the North Saskatchewan river watershed [Photo provided by the ACA].

Conservation happens all across Alberta. While some conservation happens in laboratories or in centres, researchers often need to get out in the field to do this valuable work. In this photo, two researchers from the Alberta Conservation Association assess fish populations in the North Saskatchewan river watershed [Photo provided by the ACA].

 Protecting and preserving wildlife is a major way in which conservation happens in Alberta. Often this can take form of species reintroduction, in which animals are raised in captivity and then later reintroduced into the wild. The Centre for Conservation Research at the Calgary Zoo is well known for their species reintroduction program [Photo provided by the Calgary Zoo].

Protecting and preserving wildlife is a major way in which conservation happens in Alberta. Often this can take form of species reintroduction, in which animals are raised in captivity and then later reintroduced into the wild. The Centre for Conservation Research at the Calgary Zoo is well known for their species reintroduction program [Photo provided by the Calgary Zoo].

 Wildlife conservation comes in more forms than just species reintroduction however. Helping and rehabilitating wild animals is equally as important. This injured brown bat seems to appreciate the help [Photo provided by the  Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation  (AIWC)].

Wildlife conservation comes in more forms than just species reintroduction however. Helping and rehabilitating wild animals is equally as important. This injured brown bat seems to appreciate the help [Photo provided by the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC)].

 Wildlife conservation comes in all shapes and sizes. This baby Bushy-tailed Woodrat was admitted to the AIWC after being found in a truck returning from a mountain camping trip. After receiving care, the Woodrat was successfully reintroduced into the wild [Photo provided by the  AIWC ].

Wildlife conservation comes in all shapes and sizes. This baby Bushy-tailed Woodrat was admitted to the AIWC after being found in a truck returning from a mountain camping trip. After receiving care, the Woodrat was successfully reintroduced into the wild [Photo provided by the AIWC].

 Conservation in Alberta doesn’t happen only on land though. Monitoring the health of aquatic ecosystems or the populations of fish and other marine animals are important forms of conservation as well. Here, a researcher from the ACA holds a Bull Trout in order to assess the health of the ecosystem [Photo provided by the ACA].

Conservation in Alberta doesn’t happen only on land though. Monitoring the health of aquatic ecosystems or the populations of fish and other marine animals are important forms of conservation as well. Here, a researcher from the ACA holds a Bull Trout in order to assess the health of the ecosystem [Photo provided by the ACA].

 Conservation in Alberta isn’t just about animals either. Sometimes the land itself is the focus. Land conservationists across the province strive to protect Alberta’s wild spaces from pollution, erosion and so much more [Photo provided by Ducks Canada].

Conservation in Alberta isn’t just about animals either. Sometimes the land itself is the focus. Land conservationists across the province strive to protect Alberta’s wild spaces from pollution, erosion and so much more [Photo provided by Ducks Canada].

 While all of the photos in this series feature summer settings, conservation is something that happens all year round in Alberta. Conservationists continue to work even in the winter time. Here, a conservationist plunges into freezing water to test the health of the ecosystem [Photo provided by Ducks Canada].

While all of the photos in this series feature summer settings, conservation is something that happens all year round in Alberta. Conservationists continue to work even in the winter time. Here, a conservationist plunges into freezing water to test the health of the ecosystem [Photo provided by Ducks Canada].

 Sometimes conservation in Alberta can seep across the province’s borders. Researchers often work and collaborate on projects with others outside the province or even outside the country. In this photo, conservationists from the ACA work with researchers from Montana to address issues concerning Pronghorn Antelope migration across the prairies [Photo provided by the ACA].

Sometimes conservation in Alberta can seep across the province’s borders. Researchers often work and collaborate on projects with others outside the province or even outside the country. In this photo, conservationists from the ACA work with researchers from Montana to address issues concerning Pronghorn Antelope migration across the prairies [Photo provided by the ACA].

 All across Alberta, from wetlands to laboratories, conservationists are hard at work trying to preserve Alberta’s wildlife, fish and natural spaces [Photo provided by Ducks Canada].

All across Alberta, from wetlands to laboratories, conservationists are hard at work trying to preserve Alberta’s wildlife, fish and natural spaces [Photo provided by Ducks Canada].

(Cover image provided by the ACA).

Watching the Whales

Watching the Whales

Q&A with Lea Randall, Researcher at the Calgary Zoo’s Centre for Conservation Research

Q&A with Lea Randall, Researcher at the Calgary Zoo’s Centre for Conservation Research