Legend of the White Bison

August 27, 2016

Bison were essential to the survival of many First Nation people, especially those of the plains and woodlands in present-day Alberta. Many groups were nomadic, following the enormous bison herds as they grazed their way […]

Howl For The Wolfdogs

May 7, 2016

The creature had charcoal fur tinged with silver and grey highlights, bright yellow inquisitive eyes glowing among its dark coat, individually controlled ears that stood tall on top of its head; straining to hear every sound, […]

Calgary’s Song Dogs

February 12, 2016

There have been moose strolling around downtown, black bears rifling through garbage bins in the suburbs, lynx spotted in residential yards, and cougars prowling through parks. The previous incidents have been few and far between, but […]

Wild Jobs Part Five: Wildlife Photographer

January 29, 2016

Photography has long been a hobby of mine, especially wildlife photography.  I always thought that professional photographers that were paid to photograph wild creatures in exotic locations had some of the best jobs in the […]

Wild Jobs Part Two: Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician

April 16, 2015

Part two in my series on outdoor-related professions looks at the work of Wildlife Rehabilitation Technicians at the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC).  Recently I spoke with Holly Duvall, AIWC’s executive director, about her work, the […]

Birding 101

April 2, 2015

Several years ago during a weekend camping trip a discussion broke out between my wife and I about which species of deer, White-Tailed or Mule, we had just seen walk through the campground. An acquaintance, […]

Wild Jobs Part One: Wildlife Biologist

March 6, 2015

Over the coming months I am hoping to highlight several outdoor-related professions through interviews, stories, and photographs.  Part one in this series features a conversation with Michael Jokinen, an Intermediate Wildlife Biologist with the Alberta Conservation […]

Walking With Wolves

January 23, 2015

Wolves are one of the most controversial animals in North America. Depicted as uncontrollable bloodthirsty man-eaters, wolves have long carried a negative stigma. Children’s stories such as, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Peter and […]

Wildlife Watch

December 12, 2014

I am currently employed as a teacher at a wilderness-based treatment facility for youth working to overcome addiction.  The camp is located in the Ghost Public Land Use Zone in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, close […]

The Eagle Highway

October 17, 2014

Alberta is home to two species of eagle, the Bald and the Golden.  Twice a year these magnificent birds use a narrow strip on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains as a highway.  In […]

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