Releasing these environmental education resources generates awareness about all kinds of species at risk (SAR) in Alberta and what can be done to protect them. The identification guides generate interest and knowledge in local species in the Edmonton area. Through education, people can appreciate wildlife and biodiversity, and learn about the multiple benefits of natural areas and how to conserve them, therefore benefiting all citizens.
Huge thanks go to our volunteers, Aurana Srithavatchai (Species at Risk Guide) and Robert Chamberlain (Children’s Activity Booklet) who originally designed these booklets, and continue to volunteer to update these popular resources. Thanks also goes to Barb Eglinski, T. Travis Brown, Ric McArthur, and George Mason for contributing new photos to help us update and add to the Species at Risk Guide.
We have had great feedback from the community for both SAR booklets. A class at the King’s University College uses EALT’s Species at Risk in Alberta Guide when learning about related topics. And the John Janzen Nature Centre uses these resources to teach day camp kids about species at risk. Read about the children’s campaigns in this blog post.
A very exciting component of this project was the development of the new Moth Identification Guide. A huge thank you goes out to Colleen Raymond, who volunteered many hours of her time to create a list of common moth species to the Edmonton area, collect and recruit moth photos, confirm species identifications, and research species information for the guide. Special thanks to Gary Anweiler, Bruce Christensen, Betty Fisher, and Andrea Jackson for their contributions and support in creating this new moth guide.
This project was funded by TD FEF.