Since 2013 the Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association (WBRA) has participated in the “Caring for Alberta’s Highways” program. Each fall WBRA volunteers join with others from the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Wieners of Waterton to pick litter along the highways leading into Waterton Lakes National Park. After cleaning the ditches, we all join together for a delicious lunch of gourmet hot dogs provided by Wieners of Waterton. In 2014, volunteers also enjoyed learning about the building and maintaining bluebird nest boxes from Gwen Tietz of the Mountain Bluebird Trail Conservation Society.
Join us for Highway Cleanup !
If you are interested in volunteering to help us with the highway cleanup please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Usually the cleanup is scheduled for September and we are always happy to have some help !
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Residents of Waterton Biosphere Reserve (WBR) have been working together for more than 30 years to balance biodiversity conservation with sustainable use of the land in southwestern Alberta. Over the last three decades, they have been supported by an increasing number of groups and agencies working to promote stewardship. Many successful projects have been completed; however, not all of these groups are rooted within the community. The importance of place-based conservation and sustainability is becoming more apparent. A strong local constituency, with shared ideas and motivation for collaborative action is what makes biosphere reserves unique. This will ensure the long term success and survival of WBR and the benefits that it brings to the citizens of southwestern Alberta.
This project has allowed Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association (WBRA) to reach out to people in southwestern Alberta in order to build constituency for conservation and sustainability. We have been working to:
1) Inform residents, businesses, organizations, governments, and other stakeholders about WBR and raise awareness about the advantages of biosphere reserve designation at the regional scale.
2) Formalize working relationships with other agencies, organizations, and governments and confirm at the administrative (government) level the boundaries for WBR and the core, buffer, and transition zones.
3) Engage stakeholders in discussion about the future of WBR and work together to develop a Cooperation Plan which will guide the future work and direction of the WBR from 2014-2018.
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Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are non-native plants and animals that can cause serious ecological, social and economic damage when introduced to aquatic ecosystems. Separated from the pathogens, predators, and usual factors that limit populations within their native ranges, AIS populations tend to quickly proliferate and, once introduced, are extremely difficult to eradicate.
In the last few years the spread of AIS, in particular zebra and quagga mussels, into Waterton Biosphere Reserve has become a very real threat. Without abundant clean water for drinking, agriculture, recreation, and wildlife, quality of life in the region would be severely diminished.
Waterton Biosphere Reserve is working to help raise awareness locally about aquatic invasive species and distribute information such as Alberta’s AIS Quick Facts brochure at all venues we attend.
Alberta’s AIS program focuses on monitoring, rapid response planning, education and outreach, watercraft inspections and policy.
The provincial government has been operating inspection stations where boats enter Alberta; with southwestern Alberta being a particular focus. Boats entering Waterton Lakes National Park also undergo an inspection in order to get a boating permit.
WBRA will stay informed about AIS in our area and look for opportunities to reinforce the efforts of the province and other organizations such as the Oldman Watershed Council and Crown Managers Partnership (CMP) who are also working to stop the threat of AIS. The CMP published a guide to Aquatic Invasive Species Threatening the Crown of the Continent
The Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association is currently developing a project to complete a prospectus for raptor conservation in southwestern Alberta. We will work with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources Development and other local agencies to complete this project in 2015.
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