How WildSmart are you? Speaker's Series. In the winter we hold the How WildSmart are you? Speaker’s Series to inform residents of Canmore and area of recent wildlife research and issues. If you missed our most recent WildSmart Speaker Series to learn about wildlife research and wildlife issues in the Bow Valley, you can listen to them online.

The students of Mme. Provencher´s grade 7 class at l´École Lawrence Grassi Middle School created this song in conjunction with a movie they created. Join them to learn how to keep yourself and wildlife safe both around your home and out on the trail. 

This Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley movie was made in partnership with the Bow Valley WildSmart Community Program under the financial support of the Kananaskis Legacy Fund Program of the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation.

Direct download: Wild_life.mp3
Category:Children's Programs -- posted at: 12:16pm MST

Kim Titchener met with Rob Murray at Mountain FM on Canadian Multiculturalism Day to celebrate our Nature for Newcomers program, which is a program to provide New Canadians, Newcomers and English as a second language residents and visitors with information on wildlife safety in their language through online materials, print resources as well as outreach programs.  

Learn more at

Direct download: wildsmart_multiculturalism.mp3
Category:Nature for Newcomers -- posted at: 11:44am MST

WildSmart Speaker Series: Grizzly Bears

Part 1: Roads, access and Grizzly Bears in Alberta
Part 2: What do we really know about grizzly bear reproduction - new research needs

This presentation will be in two parts. The first section will be a review of what has taken place in Alberta as a result of research findings on grizzly bear mortality and survival rates. How grizzly bear conservation areas are now in place and the management approaches that are being pursued within these areas. Strategies to address current challenges will be reviewed and discussed along with new research efforts aimed to improve grizzly bear survival rates.

The second presentation will review and discuss the challenges of understanding and monitoring grizzly bear reproduction as part of a comprehensive recovery strategy. The presentation will explore new approaches and goals of new research efforts within the Foothill Research Institute Grizzly Bear Program.

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Canmore for your contribution to the WildSmart Speaker Series in 2012.

Direct download: 2012-03-01_Grizzlies.mp3
Category:WildSmart Speaker Series -- posted at: 10:00pm MST

Taking you from Crowsnest Pass to Fort McMurray, this presentation will describe the status of wolves in Alberta, highlight recent research projects that have been conducted across the province, and discuss ongoing challenges in managing this charismatic and controversial carnivore.

Nathan Webb is a carnivore specialist with the Fish and Wildlife Division of Alberta Sustainable Resource Development. His work focuses on the conservation and management of bears, cougars, and wolves across Alberta. Nate completed his PhD on wolf population dynamics and predation rates at the University of Alberta.

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Canmore for sponsoring this program. 

Direct download: 2012-02-16_Following_the_Pack.mp3
Category:WildSmart Speaker Series -- posted at: 3:49pm MST