Red Deer River Naturalists

The Red Deer river Naturalists are a group dedicated to learning about and preserving natural history. They have regular programs with speakers and many field trips.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Species at Risk in Alberta

       On Nov. 25 Dr Dave Prescott will be speaking on Species at Risk in Alberta: identification, management and outlook. This presentation is open to the public and will be at the Kerry Wood Nature Center in Red Deer.

     Dr. Prescott will present a general overview of how species at risk are assessed and how recovery plans are set up. He will then give a description of the species at risk in Alberta: what they are , why they are "at risk" , what is being done to manage them , and their future outlook. His presentation will focus on the management of endangered and threatened species in the prairie and parkland regions of Alberta.

     Dr. Dave Prescott has a PhD. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Calgary. He has been involved in management of species at risk and other wildlife in Alberta with Alberta Fish and Wildlife and other agencies since 1994. He has been the Senior Species at Risk Biologist for the Prairies Area of Alberta Fish and Wildlife and Wildlife Division in Red Deer since 2000.

      So join the Red Deer River Naturalists for this presentation.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Joyce Gould on Willmore Wilderness.

      On Nov. 25th Red Deer River Naturalists(RDRN) had Joyce Gould as their speaker. Joyce is with Alberta parks and has spent much time studying the plants found in Willmore Wilderness Park which is a remote mountainous area north of Jasper National Park. Joyce's main background is botany but she took us through most aspects of the park.

      Many people would like to visit this park. There is no road access to this vast area. You must either backpack into the area or take a horse tour.

      Joyce first started with a detailed description of the park location. Then she covered the main  physical features by dividing the park into four main areas. In doing so she showed us the incredible beauty of the park.  This helped to explain why certain plants grow where they are found. She then took us through the main mammals and birds found in the park. Last she came to her area of expertise, the plants.

    Joyce Gould went into detail about the special adaptations plants have so they can survive and thrive at various altitudes and in different soil types. All the time she introduced and described species of plants common to the area.

    Joyce Gould showed a passion for the Willmore Wilderness Park  and shared her great knowledge of plants native to a very beautiful , remote area.