The Wilder Institute in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has partnered with Tamarack Valley Energy Ltd. to help fund the conservation of Alberta's species-at-risk. One such species is the burrowing owl, which has known habitats that overlap with Tamarack’s operational areas. This partnership is a major step forward in helping to restore Alberta’s endangered species.
Tamarack’s partnership includes a $150,000 investment in the Wilder Institute’s existing conservation programs in Alberta which aim to boost wild populations of species-at-risk whose home ranges exist within the province.
“The contribution from Tamarack will help us expand our efforts to restore species to Alberta’s unique landscape,” said the Associate Director of Conservation and Science at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, Brandi Chuchman. “Species such as the burrowing owl are in urgent need of conservation action, and this investment will enable us to protect Alberta’s precious biodiversity.”
The Wilder Institute’s vital conservation work in Alberta includes conservation translocations, the intentional movement of animals from one location to another for a conservation benefit. The partnership will also contribute to research for species-at-risk in Alberta, such as identifying solutions for slowing or stopping burrowing owl population declines in the wild.
Photos Credits: © The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo
Edited by Sarah Gilsoul, a writer and communications program assistant at AZA.
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