Our Watershed. Our Responsibility.
December 2021 | Volume 7 | Issue 12
Noon | December 17th, 2021 | Via Zoom
Bring your own hot beverage or eggnog and drop in to meet other members of the AWC! After a short presentation on what staff have been up to this year, we have some fun winter-themed watershed trivia planned. Save this link for the 17th!
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Athabasca River Outflow Blog

The AWC is re-vamping the website's blog to include more project updates and science issues.
We've been posting a new blog post every Friday, usually focused on a recent webinar, or a relevant report or article.
Check out our #Friday Read posts:
2022 Youth Calendar Contest Winners
Board Meeting and Water Availability in the Lower Athabasca River Basin
Beavers in Our Landscape: Workshop Recap

Riparian Video Series

Learn about riparian areas in this short video.
Learn about protecting riparian areas in this short video.
Learn about the types of wetlands in our watershed in this short video.
Learn about watershed friendly recreation in this short video.
Upcoming Events
Bats and Agriculture Webinar:
Susan Holroyd, Calgary Regional Coordinator for the Alberta Community Bat Program will share an overview of Alberta's bat species, the habitat they need, share some interesting facts, and discuss how bats and farms support each other. Then, Christine Campbell, Senior Western Hub Manager for ALUS Canada will talk about on-farm projects that build and enhance bat habitat and explain how the ALUS program can provide financial and technical support to farmers and ranchers who want to support bats.
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10:00am December 19
Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids in Edmonton:
Nature Alberta's annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids! Families of all ages are welcome to join to observe winter birds. The birding list will be submitted to contribute to data across the province, which scientists then use to help study how bird populations are changing. With free giveaways, a fantastic walk, and the chance to connect with other nature enthusiasts, this event is going to be a blast!
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6:00pm December 20
Cree Star Stories with George Desjarlais:
Learning the Star Stories of Indigenous Peoples: Explore a Cree perspective on the night sky at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre. George Desjarlais from Frog Lake First Nation will give a presentation, followed by going outside to hear star stories of the Nêhiyawâk (Cree) and Métis peoples.
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12:00pm (MST) January 20
Indigenous Partnerships in Aquatic Habitat Management and Restoration:
This event is hosted by Aquatic Habitat Canada, a national network supporting aquatic habitat protection and restoration. This event will have expert speakers from multiple sectors to present their knowledge on the topic, Indigenous Perspectives in Aquatic Habitat Management & Restoration, and illustrate examples of Indigenous involvement and relationship-building to ensure impactful outcomes in aquatic habitat management and restoration. Presentations will highlight Indigenous-led and co-led initiatives in aquatic habitat management and explore how Indigenous values are incorporated in aquatic habitat science. The webinar will also include an open panel discussion and a Q&A period.
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Articles of Interest
What are atmospheric rivers, and how are they affecting the B.C. floods?
Holiday Edition: 5 ways to enjoy tree services this season
The big zoom-out: Monitoring river health at the global scale
$14.7M going to fighting invasive species in mountain national parks
The Caring for our Watersheds contest is now Alberta-wide! This contest is open to students from grades 7 to 12. Submit a proposal for a project that will help your watershed for a chance to win up to $1000!

Check out the link below to learn more, or contact Ashley Johnson, to organize a classroom presentation or access more resources.
Learn More
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

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

The Clearwater River
A Canadian Heritage River

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 the Clearwater River to give you an idea of what we could achieve with your support.
Story Map Example
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. 
Athabasca Watershed Council Site
Previous Newsletters
We thank our members and partner organizations for their ongoing support. This month we would like to recognize our outgoing board members, Lavone Olson, Larry Armfelt, Colleen Powell, Sterling Johnson, and Lorraine Johnstone-Mackay! We will miss your passion and enthusiasm for the AWC but wish you all well as you pursue new opportunities. 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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