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Today is World Wetlands Day

Posted February 2, 2016 by LSC

World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year to mark the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar.

Did you know…there are three Ramsar sites in Alberta, including:

Peace-Athabasca River Delta – composed of three river deltas and four large freshwater lakes with rich growths of aquatic vegetation, linked to Lake Athabasca by meandering river channels. One of the most important nesting, resting and feeding areas for numerous species of waterbirds in North America. Up to 400,000 birds occur during spring migration, and more than one million occur in the fall. The delta meadows provide grazing for several hundred free-roaming bison, one of 44 other mammals recorded.

Hay-Zama Lakes – a vast wetland complex associated with the Peace River consisting of a series of freshwater lakes, floodplains and river deltas. The site holds large numbers of ducks (200,000 in fall) and geese (up to 177,000) during spring and fall migrations.

Beaverhill Lake – is an important breeding and staging area for various migratory waterbirds. Nesting species include a variety of ducks, colonies of Pelecanus erythrorhynchus and Phalacrocorax auritus. Spectacular numbers of birds occur particularly during fall migration, when over 200,000 Anatidae (ducks, geese, swans, etc.) gather. Notable concentrations (for the prairie region) of migratory shorebirds also occur.

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Seeking New WSG Committee Members

Posted December 21, 2015 by LSC

Have you got what it takes? We’re recruiting for new Watershed Stewardship Grant Review Committee members.

The WSG Program

Since 2005, the Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG) Program, made possible through the Government of Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy, has provided funding to the province’s stewardship community to support their grassroots efforts and community-based projects.

Since then, 127 grassroots watershed stewardship groups have received more than $1,700,000 to develop and implement nearly 300 projects in communities across Alberta, which have in turn contributed to ensuring:

  • A safe, secure drinking water supply,
  • Healthy aquatic ecosystems, and
  • Reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy.

About the WSG Review Committee

The purpose of the volunteer WSG Review Committee is to review all applications, provide feedback and to make final decisions for fund allocation.

Committee Member Position Description

WSG committee members are expected to provide in-kind time to review applications and attend up to two (2) full day meetings per year. Meetings are typically held in a central Alberta location as determined by the membership. WSG committee members are supported by the Stewardship Program Coordinator

Committee Member Roles and Responsibilities

  • Review all eligible WSG applications provided to committee members by the Stewardship Program Coordinator in advance of the review meeting.
  • Attend the WSG review one day meeting to select successful applicants and allocate the grant funds for that specific year.
  • Participate in additional meetings or conference calls, as required, to assist with implementation of the WSG Program.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of stewardship and community based stewardship groups in Alberta.
  • Detail oriented and committed to meeting deadlines.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and/or groups.
  • Previous grant review work is an asset.

Contact Us

For more information and to submit your resume for consideration, please contact Jenna Curtis, Stewardship Program Coordinator at jenna@landstewardship.org or 780–483-1885 extension 222.


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