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Our Watershed. Our Responsibility.
 
September 2021 | Volume 7 | Issue 9
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AWC Junior Calendar Contest

Calling all students! If you have a favourite place, like a river, lake or stream, in the Athabasca Watershed that you’d like everyone to know about, this calendar contest is the perfect way to highlight it. Submit your photos, essays, or drawings showing off your favourite place in the Athabasca Watershed in our Junior Calendar Contest!

14 winners will be selected to be featured in our 2022 Calendar. Winners will receive exciting prizes as well as a copy of the AWC Calendar.  Entries can be submitted up until 11:59 PM on Thursday, September 30th. Visit our website to learn more!
2022 Youth Calendar Contest

2021 Virtual Alberta WPAC Summit

Save the date | Four Friday Mornings in October | Via Zoom
This online event is for WPAC members, directors, staff and volunteers, Indigenous leaders, and anyone else interested in the work of Alberta's Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils. The summit will be divided into four sessions, taking place October 8th, October 15th, October 22nd, and October 29th.
Register for sessions here!

AWC Updates

The AWC is re-vamping the website's blog to include more project updates and science issues.
On September 16th, the AWC held a board meeting. We had hoped to hold a hybrid event, but ultimately had to hold the meeting over zoom.
To learn more about the board meeting, and what else the AWC has been up to, check out the link to our blog.
Athabasca River Outflow Blog

AWC and Alice B. Donahue Library

The AWC is partnering with the Alice B. Donahue Library for their One Book, One Community event. From September 22nd to October 15th, a virtual scavenger hunt will be available to complete on the AWC's website! Be sure to check it out, along with the other great events.
One Book One Community

Athabasca Watershed
Council Fundraiser!

Our organization is accepting donations through the ATB Cares/Benevity portal. ATB Cares will match 15% of every dollar donated to Alberta-based, non-religious charities through this site (up to $5,000 of matching funds a year). 

The AWC wants to raise $7,500 to help support the cost of creating a story map about the Athabasca River Basin, and we can't do it without your support!

Your support to the Athabasca Watershed Council will help us achieve our vision of a watershed that is ecologically healthy, socially responsible, and economically sustainable. If you would like to make a donation, visit our website using the link below. 
Donate Here

Peace Athabasca Delta Flooding

You may have been wondering above, what is a story map? It's an online interactive tool that combines text and maps and other content, to form a cohesive story. For us, it will be based on the Athabasca River, from the headwaters to the Peace-Athabasca Delta. We've linked a story map on flooding in the Peace Athabasca Delta to give you an idea of what we could achieve with your support.
Story Map Example
Articles of Interest
Alberta launches new accessible environmental data service
Alberta wetlands critical to agriculture during drought year
Massive ancient lake across Prairies emptied quickly enough to set off an ice age, study suggests
Thirsty? How floating islands could turn retention ponds into potable water
This virtual workshop will be with Faye O'Neil on September 23, 2021. She is Ktunaxa, with a long career in Aboriginal Education.
The workshop will center around Faye's perspective around outdoor learning related to her understanding and knowledge as an Indigenous woman born to the land. 
Learn More/Register Here
The green communities guide is one designed for use by municipal planners, developers, community groups, and more. This resource highlights nature-based approaches communities are taking to managing development while considering our natural systems.  
Green Communities Guide
In this episode of the ABMI's webinar series, taxonomist Rob Hinchliffe will talk about the ABMI's aquatic invertebrate research. He will discuss why collecting data on aquatic invertebrates in the province is important, and how it can help support land-use decision making. This webinar will be held on October 6, 2021.
Register for the Webinar
Ducks Unlimited Canada has announced the official release of the Alberta Wetland Classification System Field Guide, a classification guide based on the Alberta Wetland Classification System released by the Government of Alberta in 2015. This guide is intended to help users identify and classify wetlands in the field.

Digital copies are available for free and hard copies of the guide are available for purchase for $32 (shipping included). If you would to purchase a copy, visit the links below. 
Wetland Field Guide Hard Copy Purchase
Wetland Field Guide Digital Copy Download
Be sure to check out our website for more information on the Athabasca River basin! If you enjoy the work we do, please consider supporting the AWC through making a donation. 
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We thank our members and partner organizations for their ongoing support. This month we would like to recognize the Alberta Conservation Association! Thank you for supporting the Athabasca Watershed Council.
This newsletter was edited by Ashley Johnson, Science and Education Coordinator
 
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Athabasca, AB T9S 2A8
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