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.

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 MDT

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 MDT

In this episode of the Wildsmart Speaker Series, John Paczkowski gives his presentation, Where the Wildlife Roam: Wildlife Movement and Corridor Use in the Bow Valley.

In 2001, Canada hosted the G8 Summit in Kananaskis. One of the outcomes of the summit was the creation of the Kananaskis Summit Environmental Legacy, to improve habitat connectivity and wildlife corridors, and to reduce wildlife mortality in the Bow River valley near Canmore, Alberta.

Join John as he takes us through the reasons behind the G8 legacy mitigations, learn what underpasses are, how they are used and by who, and recent research on wildlife corridor connectivity and corridor movement in the Bow Valley.

Direct download: 2011-12-16_Where_the_Wildlife_Roam_John_Paczkowski.mp3
Category:WildSmart Speaker Series -- posted at: 10:00pm MDT

For hundreds of years, coyotes have been a prairie enigma and subject of mass killing campaigns. Now recognized as one of the most important ecological species in North America, coyotes continue to have an uneasy, often tragic relationship with humans. Learn the truth about this misunderstood species and how communities are changing policies to better align with common sense and coyote biology so we can live more peacefully with this supremely adaptable species.

Wildlife biologist and founder of the Alberta Institute for WIldlife Conservation Dianne Wittner presented to Bow Valley WildSmart. Find out more about Bow Vally Wildsmart: http://www.wildsmart.ca/


Listen as former Science Manager in Banff National Park Cliff White talks about the relationship between Bison, Beavers, Caribou, and Aspen for a presentation for Bow Valley WildSmart. White, currently the Research Director for the Canadian Rockies Bison Inititative talks about taking a holistic perspective on the restoration of the Canadian Rockies Ecosystems.

To find out more about Bow Valley WildSmart visit: http://www.wildsmart.ca/


Understanding the relationship between grizzly bear health and their habitat. From the Wildsmart Speaker Series, here's Gordon Stenhouse from the Foothills Research Institute Grizzly Bear Research Project.


Times have changed, including the relationship between humans and wildlife in the Bow Valley. Kicking off the first presentation for the Wildsmart Speaker Series, here is speaker Pat Kamenka sharing an interesting and informative historic view of local wildlife issues. Kamenka is on the Wildsmart Advisory Chair, a retired RCMP Staff Sergeant and a third generation resident of Canmore.


Gordon Stenhouse, a research scientist and the leader of the Foothills Research Institute Grizzly Bear Research Program, reviews 5 years of DNA Grizzly Bear population inventory in Alberta.  Stenhouse also talks about new work on related to Grizzly Bear monitoring. 


For the past 15 years researchers have studied bear rubbing trees in seven different national parks. Through the use of remote cameras and intensive field tracking, Carnivore Biologist Cam McTavish and his research team discovered many animals leave signs and/or notes for other animals at these

very special communication trees. Preliminary information suggests these sites may act as “Tree Mail,” where one animal can potentially determine the sex, species, breeding conditions, etc. of another. 


In a presentation for Bow Valley WildSmart, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary Shelley Alexander Ph.D, shares the results of her recent research involving coyote food sources and human conflicts.