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The Edmonton and Area Land Trust (EALT) conserves natural areas close to home, for you to enjoy. You can find much more information on our website: www.ealt.ca.
In this 2015-16 Winter News Roundup issue:

Get Your EALT Beer!

We're delighted to announce that thanks to your votes, there is an EALT labelled beer available in stores across Alberta. This unique release is the result of the Benefit Brew program, where Phillips Brewing
& Malting Company creates a beer for a non-profit organization, and donates the entire proceeds (~$10,000) to the winning cause – EALT!

The funds received will help EALT conserve and steward natural areas in the local region. But having our name on the label will also help recruit even more support to conserve our natural spaces forever. Read more here.

A huge thank you to everyone who voted for us in the Benefit Brew to make us the winners!
 

North American Grant - Busy as Bees

We are delighted to announce that we were one of 21 organizations granted funds from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s NA Partnership for Environmental Community Action program (from over 500 applicants). This grant will support our Protecting Pollinators through Community Collaboration project.

We’ll be as busy as bees this spring, coordinating with community partners to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, such as solitary bees, as well as why native plants and habitat conservation are so vital. Read more here.

Cap It!

Last year we found an unsuspected hazard to wildlife at Golden Ranches: open vertical pipes used as gate posts. When a bird enters a vertical pipe like these ones, they become entrapped and are not able to fly back out.

When we discovered this hazard, we immediately came up with a temporary solution to cover the pipes, to prevent wildlife from getting trapped inside while we looked for a permanent solution.

After much research, we found an easy, cost-effective and permanent solution that will cover the pipes for good – plastic pipe caps. These can be purchased at hardware stores or an industrial supply centre.

Read the full story, included in Country Asides, here.

Meet an EALT Volunteer Intern: Robert

EALT is fortunate to have a Volunteer Conservation Intern on board for a three month internship. Robert Brundage is here from Germany, completing an exchange program at the U of A.

“I am very happy and proud to help and learn from this great organization. I am hoping to learn how not-for-profit organizations operate, and get more in touch with the beautiful and significant landscapes of the Edmonton area. Hopefully EALT will also profit from me over the next months and I can contribute my part to their mission.” Read more about Robert here.

Health Benefits of Nature

EALT has been researching the health benefits of nature in literature and online sources for some years now. We’ve summarized the findings in a fact sheet available on our website.

The University of Alberta’s School of Public Health PLACE lab was delighted to collaborate with EALT to publish this paper, for the benefit of all. Click here to read more.

Volunteer Team's 2015 Accomplishments

EALT relies on our diverse Volunteer Team to accomplish many of our projects and tasks. Our volunteers bring a wide range of expertise to the table that is truly priceless.

Volunteers donated over 2,000 hours of their time to EALT stewardship and outreach projects in 2015. This is equivalent to having another full-time staff member on board!

Read more about our Volunteer Team’s impact here. You can volunteer too! Join our team by signing up here.

Winter Tracking

EALT volunteers at Boisvert – photo by Roxanne Hastings

EALT volunteers visited Pipestone Creek and Boisvert’s GreenWoods this past month for Winter Wildlife Tracking days. Volunteers observed many wild animal tracks in the snow, and even spotted a Great Horned Owl. These events are also organized to monitor the natural areas for snowmobile trespassers (none this winter, woo hoo!) or other vandalism, and also to check on our wildlife cameras. Thanks to everyone who participated! Read more.

Littering does Impact Wildlife

Most of us don’t litter. We recycle and put all our garbage where it belongs. But sometimes, we litter unintentionally, like when the magpies break into our garbage bags outside on pick-up day. Whether it was intentional or not, litter is dangerous to wildlife in a variety of ways. It can poison, choke, entangle or even disable survival functions. Read more about litter impacts here.
Balloon memorials can also unintentionally harm wildlife; the balloon and string released can choke or entangle wildlife. Even biodegradable balloons take time to break down, and can cause blockages if eaten. Learn more here.

You can help prevent these issues by picking up litter; storing your garbage bags in secured bins and coming up with environmentally friendly memorials, like releasing butterflies, or giving memorial donations.

Our staff and volunteers ensure that even the smallest contributions go towards protecting nature in our region.

9910-103 Street
Edmonton Alberta T5K 2V7
Canada
(780) 483-7578
info@ealt.ca
www.ealt.ca


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