EMCLA Annual Report Released

The EMCLA released its first Annual Report on April 30th, 2012. This report provides an overview of the EMCLA’s activities for the calender year 2011, summarizing the accomplishments to date,  projects in 2011, and  finances. The report has been submitted to Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, as part of the EMCLA’s reporting requirements on [...]






ABMI Spring Owl Surveys

The ABMI, in collaboration with the Ecological Monitoring Committee for the Lower Athabasca (EMCLA), is testing new monitoring protocols for the oil sands region in northeastern Alberta.






Field Season Off to a Good Start

Our summer field staff have arrived and completed their first two shifts.  Both safety training and the establishment shift are over and we are heading into Spring Protocol Training. Both SOP and establishment went well with northern crews establishing terrestrial sites and southern crews completing wetland verification.  Crews had a chance to get their feet [...]






Early Learning Centre Presentation

On April 18, 2012, three members of the Information Centre staff, Joan Fang, Jill Smith, and Sonya Poller, spent some time with the kids at the Early Learning Centre daycare at the U of A campus. The topic of conversation for their visit was awareness and biodiversity, and they had a great time using a [...]






A Day in the Life of our Land Access Manager

I recently had the pleasure of peeking into the life of our Land Access Manager, Monica Kohler. On April 11 we flew to Grand Prairie for two days of driving and countless meetings, dusty maps, barking dogs, back roads, back porches,sunny skies, and more driving. It was great to have the opportunity to learn more [...]






Preparation for Field Season 2012

We are currently making our last-minute preparations for the 2012 field season!  This year we have two field bases, one in Brooks and the other at Meanook Biological Research Station (MBRS) near Athabasca.  Our  new staff starts on April 30th at MBRS and May 1st in Brooks.  This year we have a total of 46 [...]