January 23, 2013
January 30, 2013
February 06, 2013
February 13, 2013
February 20, 2013
February 27, 2013
March 06, 2013
March 13, 2013
Every Wednesday at The Pincher Creek & District Municipal Library, from January 23rd until March 13th, you are invited to attend a free guest lecture on topics ranging from wolverines to spiders, spiritual landscapes to bear dogs. Attend in person, or video conference in from a local Alberta RISE Library!
January 23: Hair Snares for Grizzly Bears—What’s New? Speaker: Andrea Morehouse
The Southwest Alberta Grizzly Bear Monitoring Project is a three year pilot project between Alberta Fish and Wildlife, Parks Canada, Alberta Parks, and the University of Alberta, designed to non-invasively monitor grizzly bears both locally and at ecosystem scales. The project takes advantage of a natural bear behaviour – rubbing. Bears rub on trees and other objects as a form of communication, leaving be-hind hair samples - and their DNA. Genetic analysis of the hair samples reveals species, sex, and individual identity of the bear so we can further understand grizzly bear populations, densities, and distributions.
January 30: Wolves in the Crown. Speaker: David Ausband, University of Alberta
A study estimating the population of wolves in the Crown of the Continent has been underway since 2011. Using a variety of techniques, biologists have been working to determine a baseline wolf population in 2012 to answer questions about wolf social ecology in different management regimes. The data will also be used as part of a transboundary study looking at the effects of human-caused mortality on wolf pack structure and population growth. Find out how wolves affect biodiversity in the Crown of the Continent.
February 6: Wildlife Service Dogs. Speaker: John Clark, Fish and Wildlife
Pedigreed pepper spray? Handguns that heel? Bear bells with a bark? Since 1999, Alberta’s Karelian Bear Dogs and their handlers have supported the province’s Fish & Wildlife Officers and Bear Response Teams. These specialized wild-life service dogs, have been helping with problem wildlife as well as raising bear awareness for people working, enjoying and living in bear country. Meet John Clarke, Koda and Kuma and discover more about this innovative program.
February 13: Sexual Selection and the Spider. Speaker: John Hancock
Darwin suggested that sexual selection follows a different path to that of Natural Selection. Here on the day before Valentine's Day, John will illustrate different behaviors of male spiders to stay alive, and leave many spiderlings. Almost every species of spider has developed its own courtship display, thereby sexually isolating the species from its nearest cousins.
February 20: Hummingbirds: Small Brains and Big Memories. Speaker: Andy Hurly, University of Lethbridge.
Although rufous hummingbirds are attracted to the bright colours of flowers and feeders, they seem to remember a food source in terms of location, not in terms of the visual appearance of the food source. Results from a series of experiments indicate that hummingbirds have remarkable memories for place and time, as might be expected for animals feeding on ephemeral nectar sources. Discover how natural selection has shaped the behaviour and cognitive abilities of animals to their ecological circumstances.
February 27: On the Wolverine Trail. Speaker: Doug Manzer, Alberta Conservation Association
Do you know that wolverines are one of the most rare and least understood carnivores in the world? To discover this inhabitant of the Alberta’s Rockies, join us for a slide show and talk by Doug Manzer. You will have the chance to discover more about this animal and learn about a new project initiated by the Alberta Trappers Association in collaboration with Alberta Conservation Association to better understand the wolverine population in Alberta.
March 6: Bold Elk, Shy Elk, How Hunting Affects the Character of our Game. Speaker: Simone Ciuti, University of Alberta
Harvesting of animals by humans can result in selection of particular behavioural traits. A satellite telemetry study in the Canadian Rockies of elk whose individual personalities had been characterized as “bold runners” or “shy hiders” indicates that human hunters are more likely to take out bold individuals, with the potential to evoke evolutionary change.
March 13: The Magical Landscapes of Writing-on-Stone. Speaker: Aaron Domes, Visitor Services Coordinator
The spectacular setting of Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi is unique in its geological, ecological, archaeological and cultural heritage. The landscape is spiritual for many First Nations and non-aboriginal people, and the park is also treasured by many of its local community members who are credited with its establishment in the 1950’s. The rock art of Writing-on-Stone is considered to be the best on the North American plains. Discover the complexities of managing such a diverse landscape.
Call 403-627-3813 for more information.
The Pincher Creek & District Municipal Library: 899 Main Street Pincher Creek, AB, T0K 1W0
The lecture series is brought to you by The Pincher Creek & District Municipal Library, Pincher Creek Community Adult Learning Council and Alberta Parks Initiative. With special thanks to the Alberta Conservation Association , the University of Lethbridge, The University of Alberta, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development Fish and Wildlife and John Hancock!