Connecting Libraries, Connecting People

The RISE Network works with public libraries to provide Albertans with opportunities to communicate with health care professionals, participate in distance education, attend meetings, learn new skills and more – all by videoconference from their local library. 

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— Garth Carl, CAO Henry Kroeger Regional Water Services

Gardening & Nature

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

‘Things With Sharp Teeth: Living with Wolves and Grizzlies’, presented by Kevin Van Tighem – Our relationships with wolves and grizzly bears are often based more on fear and distrust than on respect and coexistence. This talk will explore some of the ways in which some hunters, ranchers and recreationists are starting to re-think our relationship with large carnivores and the remarkable possibilities that could result. Presented by the Waterton Natural History Association in partnership with Lethbridge Public Library.

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Reducing Food Waste and Organic Materials in our Landfills
 
This interactive session will discuss the topic of household food waste and how we all can play a part in reversing this trend. Question and answer period will follow presentation.
 
Presenters:
 
Heather Gowland, Waste & Recycling Services, City of Lethbridge
Cory Armfelt, Director of Planning, Town of Taber
Don Francis, EnviroCan

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

‘Little Burrows on the Prairie: Life and Times of Yellow-Bellied Marmots in Southern Alberta’, presented by Berna-Dean Holland – Come learn about the biology, behaviour and life history of the Yellow-Bellied Marmots. Comparing populations found in different habitats, latitudes and elevations can shed light on our understanding of the limits of adaptive plasticity within species and show us how Yellow-Bellied Marmots may fare in the face of rising global temperatures and environmental change.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Living in Mutual Respect with our Environment and its Inhabitants’, presented by Ryan Heavy Head – Our increased access and intrusion into wildlife habitat adds increasing barriers to the normal movement, feeding, reproduction and survival of many species who share our common fragile landscape. This talk details how snakes and other wildlife have been responding to these changes, and explores the application of traditional Blackfoot concepts in current approaches to human-wildlife relationships and species conservation.

Walk on the Wild Side Speaker Series, ‘Rescue the Fescue

Submitted by John on Tue, 2016/03/22 - 10:42am
Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Conserving and Restoring Waterton Lakes National Park’s Grasslands’, presented by Kimberly Pearson – Explore the significance of the park’s rich fescue grasslands and how staff and partners are working to ensure they’re vital into the future. View video of the Spring 2015 prescribed fire, get the scoop on some of the park’s most exciting volunteer and educational opportunities and view exciting highlights from recent remote wildlife cameras. Presented by the Waterton Natural History Association in partnership with Lethbridge Public Library. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

 Fire Management in Waterton Lakes National Park; Recent Prescribed and Wildfire Experiences

Scott Murphy from the Pincher Creek Library

Here be Dragons! – Microscopic Monsters from the Crown Of the Continent

Submitted by robert.chinook on Thu, 2016/01/28 - 5:19pm
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Here be Dragons! – Microscopic Monsters from the Crown Of the Continent
John & Kathleen Hancock from the Pincher Creek Library

Journey under water to meet and view microscopic aquatic monsters. During this journey we will see some amazing evolutionary adaptions and learn about organisms that live in the aquatic environment in South West Alberta. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Engaging Recreationist; Dutch Creek Restoration Project
Anna Garleff & Norine Ambrose from the Lethbridge Public Library

October 2015 OWC hosted a restoration for recreation event with the Crowsnest Pass Quad Squad, Trout Unlimited, Spray Lake Sawmills, and Cows & Fish. More than 50 dedicated volunteers built structural walls that encourage bridge use, and planted new willows and poplar trees. The restoration event brought people together to take action and strengthen their connection to the land and each other.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Straddling the Divide – The Great Divide Trail
Dave Hockney from the Okotoks Library

The Great Divide Trail traverses the continental divide between Alberta and British Columbia, wandering through the Rocky Mountains for more than 1200 kilometers. It is not officially signed and not always even an actual trail, sometimes merely a wilderness route, inspiring modernday adventures.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Southwest Alberta Grizzly Bear Monitoring Project
Andrea Morehouse from the Pincher Creek Library

The Southwest Alberta Grizzly Bear Monitoring Project (GBMP) tracked Grizzly Bears from 2011-2014, by analyzing hair samples collected from bear rub objects, fence crossings, and other opportunistic sampling locations with the aim to provide updated information on grizzly bear density and abundance within southwestern Alberta. PhD candidate Andrea Morehouse presents the latest results and findings.