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.

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.

Rob Murray with Mountain FM interviews Kim Titchener, Program Director at Bow Valley WildSmart about the upcoming How WildSmart are You Speaker Series.

Direct download: wildsmartspeaker1109.mp3
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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. 

From a presentation for Bow Valley WildSmart, here is Nikita Ovsyanikov talking about Polar Bears in the Arctic.

Gordon Stenhouse of the Foothills Research Institute’s grizzly bear research project discusses ten years of results. He focuses on applied management and directly links grizzly research to management. He also discusses mapping habitat, developing predictive models to explain bear habitat use, provincial grizzly bear numbers and new technologies that his research team has developed to aid bear conservation.

Direct download: 2009-04-07_parkradio_2009-04-07T13_59_51-07_00.mp3
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Known as “The Land of Fire and Ice”, the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia is home to some of the largest brown bears on the planet. Erupting volcanoes, hundreds of glaciers and thousands of lakes and rivers are where one quarter of the world’s Pacific Salmon come to spawn. Listen as John Paczkowski talks about Kamchatka and the work being done by the Wildlife Conservation Society to protect the Brown Bear. Find out more about their work at

Direct download: 2009-03-04_parkradio_2009-03-04T13_26_35-08_00.mp3
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The following interview on Mountain FM addresses what the Wildlife Ambassador program is and the positive impacts it will have on the Bow Valley and Kananaskis Country.

Direct download: ambassadorpropt2.mp3
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In 2007 WildSmart, the Friends of Kananaskis and Alberta Parks teamed up to start a volunteer Wildlife Ambassador program. The following is a radio interview on Mountain FM about why the program was started.

Direct download: ambpgpt1.mp3
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