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Events & Learning Opportunities – Spring 2019
Events | AGM, Alberta, Athabasca, certification, education, events, knowledge, trade-show, water, webinar, and wetlands | April 2019

Spring is here and things are ramping up in the Watershed! We will be attending some trade shows and hosting our Annual General Meeting. Many of our partners are holding educational events or courses. It’s a great time to learn more about water and the Watershed.

Our booth at the Athabasca Trade Show 2019


Whitecourt Annual Trade Fair
May 10, 11 & 12 | Scott Safety Centre & Curling Rink

Come and say “Hello!” if you ‘ll be attending the Whitecourt Trade Fair. We’ll have goodies to give away and information to hand out.

Event Info

Athabasca Watershed Council Annual General Meeting
May 25 | Best Western Plus, Hinton, AB

Members and the public are invited to join us for our 2019 AGM in Hinton, AB. The agenda includes a review of proposed changes to the by-laws, Board of Director elections and more. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP so we can arrange the meal.

AGM Information & RSVP

Pond Days – Athabasca County, County of Barrhead & Westlock County
May 30, 31 & June 4.

We’ll be participating in Pond Days again this year. Hosted by Highway 2 Conservation.

Details TBA

Discover Your River
June 8 | Athabasca Riverfront Park, Hinton, AB

If you’re in Hinton and area, come out for this fun, family-friendly day of experiencing the river first hand. There will be food, music and activities for everyone. We’ll have our booth set up, so stop by and let’s chat about our amazing river and what’s happening in the watershed! Hosted by the Athabasca River Voyageur Canoe Brigade Society.

Event Info

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Workshops, Webinars & Courses

Wetland BMP Webinars – Ducks Unlimited
This month, Ducks Unlimited Canada will present on “Guiding Principles for Wetland Stewardship and Forest Management
May 2nd, 2019 from 12:00-1:00 MST

Register Here

The May webinar will be presented by Anna Dabros & Jaime Pinzon on “Biodiversity and environmental conditions along seismic lines in the oil sands of Alberta
May 8th, 2019 from 12:00-1:00 MST

Register Here

Invasive Species Management Workshop
Monday, May 13, 2019 | Faust, AB
Managing invasives is everyone’s responsibility. Learn about the invasive species threatening our watershed and agricultural lands and strategies to manage and mitigate their impacts. Free event, lunch included.

Register Here

Alliance for Water Stewardship Training
Get trained in v2.0 of the AWS Standard and acquire your AWS Profesional Credential
AWS Standard v2.0 was released last month! We encourage you to download the revised standard and join us in May to get trained to the AWS Standard v2.0 and receive insight into other changes to the AWS System. The training will provide participants with the knowledge required to promote, implement and optimize site-specific water management techniques and watershed-based stewardship strategies. More information can be found on the registration page.

Throughout 2019, AWS is transitioning trainees into the new Professional Credentialing Program. This means that trainees will receive an individual Professional Credential upon completion of the training. More details will be provided during training.
Date: May 14-16, 2019
Location: Global Water Center, Milwaukee, WI, USA 

Register Here

Global Water Futures 2nd Annual Open Science Meeting
May 15 – 17  | Wanuskewin / TCU Place / U of S | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
The second Global Water Futures (GWF) Annual Open Science Meeting is open to all members and affiliates of the GWF program and its extended community of partners, as well as all who wish to be involved with GWF. This meeting will bring together the GWF network for the second time, and will include a number of exciting, informative, and unique events and activities meant to review and better link together GWF’s technical and scientific advancements, whilst promoting further development and training of early career researchers, Indigenization of GWF, and engaging with partners and stakeholders.

Register Here

Plant Identification for Wetland Assessment in Alberta Portage College, Lac La Biche
 June 27, 28 and 29, 2019 
This course will provide a refresher on important plant identification characteristics and will cover most of the indicator plants used in the new Alberta Wetland Classification System. With an emphasis on more challenging plant groups such as grasses, sedges and mosses, students will learn reliable techniques and will receive valuable resources to ensure correct identification in the field and lab.

Register Here

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Stream Rehabilitation Course – Trout Unlimited
Save the date: Trout Unlimited Canada is offering our Stream Rehabilitation Training Course Workshops 1-3 in Calgary, November 17-24 (weekends/weekdays). Thanks to funding from the City of Calgary, Alberta Conservation Association and TD Friends of the Environment, fees for stewardship volunteers will be discounted.

Wetlands 101: An Introduction to Boreal Wetlands – online – Ducks Unlimited

This training is an introductory online course on boreal wetlands. The online content will cover:
• introduction to wetland definitions and the importance of boreal wetlands
• basic wetland identification skills with a focus on the five major wetland classes according to the Canadian Wetland Classification System (CWCS)
• information on wetland ecology, hydrology, and ecosystem goods and services
• tools to identify wetlands in the field
• challenges that wetlands may pose to your work (e.g., safety, construction) as well as wetland avoidance and minimization strategies

Register Here

Consensus Decision Making
Are you involved in multi-party consultation or public engagement? Want to build the skills to bring stakeholders together to find creative solutions? Earn a Certificate in Consensus Decision-Making.

Developed by the ADR Institute of Alberta, the Consensus Decision Making Certificate Program, provides participants with the skills necessary to achieve collaborative decisions through consensus building.  

Register Here

CSHS-hydRology: Introduction to R
This free webinar is hosted by CSHS and is intended to provide a beginner introduction to the programming language R. The R-project is a free, open-source language commonly used in statistical analysis, with a large and growing usage in water resources and hydrology. This interactive, hands-on webinar is intended to provide the new R user with all of the knowledge and resources required to become comfortable with the basic of R.

Register Here

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Leadership Program
Apply by June 1, 2019

The TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) Leadership Program aims to enhance the organizational capacity of environmental organizations through a Leadership and Organizational Development Course.

This is one of the only national programs of its kind, entirely focused on the environmental sector. The program will help you move beyond day-to-day activities to build a stronger, more vibrant organization with greater impact.

In collaboration with Anima Leadership, TD FEF is offering a 4.5-day interactive course on Leadership and Organizational Development, followed by three webinars that will build on skills learned over the course. This year’s in-person course will take place from Sunday, November 17th to November 21st in Mono, Ont., and the webinar components will happen throughout the winter. Through the interactive course, participants will also have the opportunity to network with other environmental leaders – sharing experiences and building new connections along the way.

Information & Application

Alberta Wetlands: From Classification to Policy | June 4 and 5 2019 | Drumheller, AB – Aquality Environmental Consulting
This workshop is designed to help consultants, industry professionals, resource managers, not-for-profit organizations, and government regulators understand the theoretical component used in wetland assessments. We have had a variety of government/industry/non-profit groups host in-house training sessions as well. This course has had great feedback and would benefit any who wish to attend.

Contact wetlands@aquality.ca to Register

If you know of an event or learning opportunity that should be added to this list, please email details including a link to:
admin @ awc-wpac. ca