Wildlife inventory keeps tabs on nature

The May wildlife inventory project is a way for ambitious citizen scientists and nature enthusiasts to provide information on the state of biodiversity in Red Deer.

The May wildlife inventory project is a way for ambitious citizen scientists and nature enthusiasts to provide information on the state of biodiversity in Red Deer.

The Central Alberta May Species Count is information that will be provided to the Red Deer River Naturalists and then makes its way to Nature Alberta, said Todd Nivens, programs co-ordinator for the Waskasoo Environmental Education Society.

“The idea is people who are interested in animals, insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, go out and pick an area and they inventory everything they find,” he said on Wednesday.

The official dates of the count are on May 26 and 27 but people can start counting species, mostly birds at this time of year, three days before and three days after.

Nivens says the region or the place people decide to do their count also has to be logged.

“People can do anything as small as their backyards or their neighbourhood or park but they need to report where they were counting,” he said.

Species count pamphlets are available to be picked up before May 26 at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre at 6300 45th Ave. Following the count, the tally sheets can be mailed to the Red Deer River Naturalists’ office (Box 785, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 5H2) or by email at judy.boyd@shaw.ca by June 15.

On May 27, the Red Deer River Naturalists will host a potluck at 6 p.m. at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Organizers suggest bringing your own plates, cutlery and cup. There is a short program to follow. People should contact Judy at 403-342-4150 to confirm their attendance.


Just Posted

WATCH: Red Deerians learn about The Power of One

Red Deerians should be empowered by their beliefs and fight racism in… Continue reading

Tens of thousands across the US march for gun control

WASHINGTON — Summoned by student survivors of the Florida school shooting, tens… Continue reading

Canyon Ski Resort season wraps up Sunday

Central Alberta skiers and snowboarders only have a couple more days to… Continue reading

Future space crunch is feared, as no new schools for Red Deer are in the budget

Only local modernization will be at Father Lacombe Catholic School in Lacombe

WATCH: Hundreds come to Red Deer Rebels Fan Fest

The Red Deer Rebels met with legions of their of fans just… Continue reading

Supreme Court rules former Stephen Harper aide guilty of influence peddling

OTTAWA — Canada’s highest court has upheld an influence peddling conviction against… Continue reading

2 killed, dozen hurt in French supermarket hostage-taking

PARIS — An armed man took hostages in a supermarket in southern… Continue reading

READER PHOTO: Red Deer students celebrate Canadian courage at Juno Beach

Teenagers from Red Deer’s Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School are learning about… Continue reading

UN report: Loss of plants, animals making a lonelier planet

WASHINGTON — New United Nations scientific reports diagnose that Earth is getting… Continue reading

Excavator frees dolphins trapped by pack ice in Newfoundland harbour

HEARTS DELIGHT, N.L. — A pod of dolphins trapped by pack ice… Continue reading

Structure fire destroys home in Mirror

A house in Mirror is completely damaged due to an overnight structure… Continue reading

Trudeau warns senators not to thwart will of Canadians on marijuana bill

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is reminding senators that his government… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month