Owl Banding, Environmental Poetry and the Occupy Edmonton Demonstration

This week Terra Informa has an exciting lineup! We start off the show with an on-the-ground field report on owl banding from the Beaverhill Bird Observatory. Next up we bring you an update on the Occupy Wall Street movement, which was introduced on our show last week. Occupy events have spread to communities around the world, and our correspondent looks for environmental themes amidst the mayhem. And if that’s not enough, we’ve also got a special report on how one artist uses his poetry to promote environmental conservation.

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Saw-whet Owl. Magnificentfrigatebird via Flickr.com.

Joining researchers on an owl banding expedition at the Beaverhill Bird Observatory is an exciting opportunity, one for which correspondent Steve Andersen gladly volunteered! If you picture an owl, odds are good you’re picturing a Great Horned Owl or a Barred Owl, but there is another species which is much smaller. Have a listen to this report to find out more!

Related Resources: Canadian Migration Monitoring Network, BirdNet, Wildlife Society

The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread to various communities across the world. People gathered to march, set up tents in parks and oppose corporate control and economic injustice. Correspondent Kathryn Lennon takes a look at the ways in which occupy events in Canada are focused on the environment.

More on this story: Occupy(ed) Canada, David Suzuki, The Canadian Press

Environmental poetry is a unique way to explore the connection between art and the environment. Many artists draw their inspiration from nature. Poet David James Hudson in Guelph threads themes of environmental conservation throughout his medium, aiming to communicate environmentalism to his audience. Correspondent Rebekah Rooney catches up with him in this report.


Green Groups lose Alberta power plant appeal bid: A bid regarding the approval of a coal-fired power plant in Alberta was overturned by a judge in the province last week. Prior to the decision, environmental advocates have argued that the construction of Maxim Power Corporation’s Milner Plant near Grande Cache was fast tracked to avoid upcoming federal carbon reduction regulations. Proponents, however, argue that the regulator had examined the construction application 28 months before it gave the project interim approval this past June.

More on this story: Reuters, Canadian Business

Environment agency says cuts will limit oversight: The president of the Canadian Environmental Assessment agency told members of a parliamentary committee last week that proposed federal funding cuts would severely undermine her agencies ability to keep an eye on natural resource projects which aim to prevent environmental damage.

More on this story: CBC, Vancouver Sun

Strategy to protect woodland caribou gets failing grade: The federal government’s strategy to protect the country’s woodland caribou has come against harsh criticism by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, which is one of Canada’s leading conservation groups. The group argued that the habitat protection target is not large enough to ensure that the species can overcome it’s endangered status in Canada’s boreal forest.

More on this story: Canada.com

“Potatogate” public land sale cancellation: The Alberta government issued a release last Wednesday announcing the cancellation of the notorious “potatogate” public land sale. This action was a campaign promise of Alison Redford which aims to increase the transparency and accountability of the government. The public land sale involved approximately 65 square kilometers of native grassland which was to be used for an irrigated potato farm.

More on this story: Winnipeg Free Press, Alberta Wilderness Association

Nova Scotia’s new wetlands conservation policy: A new Wetlands Conservation Policy has been implemented in Nova Scotia. This policy seeks to balance both environmental conservation and economic growth. Wetlands serve many important purposes, including providing habitat for fish and other species as well as protecting drinking water.

More on this story: CTV, Ecology Action

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