VOLUNTEER PROJECT INSPIRATION GUIDE 2015

 
VOLUNTEER PROJECT INSPIRATION GUIDE 2015
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VOLUNTEER PROJECT INSPIRATION GUIDE 2015
Table of Contents
Table of Contents .................................................................................................................................................. 0
Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................... 2
Design-Your-Own Volunteer Project .................................................................................................................... 3
Legend ................................................................................................................................................................... 3
City of Edmonton Volunteer Opportunities ........................................................................................................ 4
           Natural Area Steward................................................................................................................................ 4
           Ecological Monitors................................................................................................................................... 4
           YegTreeMap .............................................................................................................................................. 5
           Alberta Weed Spotter App ....................................................................................................................... 6
           Invasive Plant Manager ............................................................................................................................. 6
           Naturalization Steward ............................................................................................................................. 7
           Root for Trees Program ............................................................................................................................ 7
           Adult Educator .......................................................................................................................................... 8
           BioKit Guide ............................................................................................................................................... 8
           PlantWatch ................................................................................................................................................ 9
           Resource Fair Educator ............................................................................................................................. 9
           Communications Volunteer .................................................................................................................... 10
           Master Naturalist Program Development ............................................................................................. 10
           Photographer .......................................................................................................................................... 10
           Master Naturalist Program Interviewer .................................................................................................. 11
           Story Bank Contributor ............................................................................................................................ 11
Community Partner Volunteer Opportunities .................................................................................................... 13
           Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute ............................................................................................... 13
           Alberta Conservation Association ........................................................................................................... 13
           Alberta Volunteer Amphibian Monitoring Program ............................................................................... 13
           Alberta Invasive Species Council ............................................................................................................ 14
           Alberta Mycological Society ................................................................................................................... 14
           Alberta Plantwatch ................................................................................................................................. 14
           Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Northern AB (CPAWS) ........................................................... 15
           Cows and Fish – Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society .......................................................... 15
           Edmonton and Area Land Trust............................................................................................................... 15
           Edmonton Native Plant Group ............................................................................................................... 16
           Edmonton Nature Club ........................................................................................................................... 16
           Edmonton Urban Coyote Project ........................................................................................................... 16
           Evergreen ................................................................................................................................................. 17
           Sustainable Food Edmonton ................................................................................................................... 17
           Peregrine Project..................................................................................................................................... 18
           Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton ......................................................................................... 18

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Introduction
Introduction
This Inspiration Guide is a resource for Master Naturalists as they select and carry out
their volunteer activities. It is meant to inspire and inform you about the exciting and
diverse volunteer roles that Edmonton’s Master Naturalists can play. There are
existing volunteer programs that provide more defined and structured volunteer
opportunities. Please use these as a starting point, but by no means feel limited to
them. There is much room for creativity and innovation when choosing or creating
your volunteer projects. We hope that this Inspiration Guide motivates you to focus
on the ways that your unique interests and skills can contribute to the vitality of
Edmonton’s natural areas.

Volunteer Requirements:
Each Master Naturalist is required to volunteer at least 35 hours in approved activities
that meet the following criteria:

    1. The activities are completed within City of Edmonton boundaries. 1
    2. The activities contribute to the protection/restoration of and/or community
       education about biodiversity. The Program Coordinator should first approve
       any new volunteer activities.
    3. At least 15 of the total 35 hours must be dedicated to the City of Edmonton’s
       Projects or Programs. Please see Section 1 of this manual for a list of City of
       Edmonton opportunities.

The 35 hours of volunteer work must be completed by September 1st of the year
following course completion (approximately 14 months later). However, course
graduates are most welcome to volunteer more than 35 hours, or to continue
additional volunteer work beyond the 14 month timeframe. We want to build greater
community capacity by supporting long term volunteerism.

Structure of this Guide:
This guide is divided into two main parts:
       Section 1:      City of Edmonton Volunteer Opportunities
                       • A minimum of 15 hours must be completed through City of
                           Edmonton Volunteer Programs listed in this section
       Section 2:      Community Partner Volunteer Opportunities
                       • These opportunities are managed directly by our partner
                           organizations. Please contact the organization directly for
                           more details or to get involved.

1
 This program is funded and managed by the City of Edmonton with the purpose of
protecting and enhancing Edmonton’s urban natural areas.

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Design-Your-Own Volunteer Project
We encourage our Master Naturalists to take initiative to design their own volunteer
projects based on their personal interests and skills. You can use any of the
opportunities mentioned in this Inspiration Guide as a starting point or chose a
unique topic of your choice. All Master Naturalists are encouraged to think ‘outside of
the box’ as long as the project contributes to the protection, restoration or education
of Edmonton’s natural areas or biodiversity.

 Any new projects must be approved by the Program Coordinator. When designing
your project please keep in mind any tools, resources or training you might need and
any costs you might encounter. Please also consider the amount of time and length
of commitment required to ensure the project is successfully completed. The
Program Coordinator can help you with the planning process and will provide
support, if possible.

Legend

Schedule

Fixed
This type of position has a set schedule with specific dates and times for volunteer
work

Sporadic
These volunteer positions are infrequent with no regularly occurring date(s)

Flexible
The schedule of these positions is usually determined by the volunteer

Duration

Long-term
A commitment of 6 or more months is favourable

Short-term
A commitment of less than 6 months is acceptable

Episodic
Any event-based or very short-term position

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Section 1:
          City of Edmonton Volunteer Opportunities
 City of Edmonton Volunteer Opportunities
The volunteer opportunities in this section are organized though the City of
Edmonton. If you are interested in joining one of these programs, please contact the
Master Naturalist Program Coordinator. We will connect you to the appropriate City
of Edmonton department or staff member who coordinates the volunteer
opportunity. The City of Edmonton will provide you with volunteer position details,
training and support.

Natural Area Steward
Natural Area Stewards assist with the management and care of a City-owned natural
area of their choice, including tree stands, wetlands or a portion of the river valley.
Volunteers may choose to work independently, join an existing stewardship group or
create their own stewardship group. Stewardship activities vary based on the
management requirements of the site and the
interests of the volunteer, but could include
monitoring the site according to a checklist,
removing litter, watching for and reporting
vandalism, assisting with naturalization,
educating community members about the
benefits of the site, and leading others in
cooperative stewardship activities. A Master
Naturalist Stewardship Manual will be handed
out during the course. This manual provides
more details on stewardship locations, volunteer
activities, contact information and the
Stewardship Checklist.                                     Stewardship group at Roper Pond

Time Commitment: 3 or more hours/month
Schedule: Flexible
Duration: Short or long-term
Seasonality: Year round

Ecological Monitors
Ecological Monitors work in natural areas of their
choice to monitor and report on the plant and
wildlife species that they observe, and other
natural features. Such inventories help to measure
the health of a natural area and to create a record
of how it changes over time. Monitoring results
may be used to create bird, plant or invertebrate
lists, or to observe changes in features like water
quality or invasive species distribution.
                                                         Monitoring water quality at a wetland

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You can use the Master Naturalist Stewardship Checklist to assist you with general
ecological monitoring of a natural area. Specific projects may also be looking for
volunteers but will vary year to year.

There are also a variety of ecological monitoring programs in place that volunteers
can use to track and report observations. Examples within the City of Edmonton
include yegTreeMap, and ABWeedSpotter (see below). Community organizations
include ABMI’s NatureLynx, Urban Coyote Project, RiverWatch and ACA’s Alberta
Volunteer Amphibians Monitoring Program (see section 2).

Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per inventory
Schedule: Flexible
Duration: Short-term or long-term
Seasonality: Primarily spring/summer

YegTreeMap
YegTreeMap is an online map database of trees in Edmonton. It allows individuals,
community groups, and the City of Edmonton to collaboratively create an accurate
and informative inventory of the trees in Edmonton. Using this interactive map you
can register the trees in your yard, your community or even
trees you planted at your Root for Trees event. You can also
track stewardship activities taking place in Edmonton’s urban
forest. Collecting tree data can support the City with
monitoring invasive species, pest control, forest health etc.
YegTreeApp can also be an educational tool for guided walks
and the eco benefits of trees.

To participate, register to create an account on yegTreeMap.
Use the mobile app or online app to indicate the species of
tree and its location. You can also map other details such as
tree diameter, date planted, tree health and more. For more
information please visit www.edmonton.ca/trees or contact
the Program Coordinator.

Please note: This map is accessible through an online website or   Documenting tree health
via the OpenTreeMap app available for android or apple devices.

Time Commitment:
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Alberta Weed Spotter App
Alberta Weed Spotter is an easy-to-use application designed to help Albertans
identify and report weeds to authorities. The application includes all 75 species
currently regulated under Alberta’s Weed Control Act. The goal of the app is to help
improve strategic weed management decisions and allow for
quicker responses to new weed infestations. For 2015, citizens
should continue to call 311 for weed complaints in Edmonton. To
download, visit www.edmonton.ca/weeds.

Please note: Currently, this app is only compatible with iPhone, iPad,
and iPod touch. Requires iOS 7.0 or later.

Time Commitment:
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Naturalization Steward
Naturalization Stewards work to improve the ecological function of Edmonton’s
natural and non-natural areas by planting native species, maintaining naturalized
plantings, and enhancing habitat value by adding features like bird and bat boxes.
Naturalization efforts may be focused on
backyards, school yards, community gardens, or
other areas of the volunteer’s choice (from third
parties, if needed). With approval, Naturalization
Stewards can also assist in naturalization projects
organized by the City or community groups.

Time Commitment: 3 or more hours/month
Schedule: Flexible
Duration: Short-term
Seasonality: Spring/Summer

                                                       Planting native species in a natural area

Root for Trees Program
The City of Edmonton wants to double the size of our urban forest and we need the
help of Master Naturalists and the community. Root for Trees is an enhanced tree
planting initiative which intends to increase
tree planting within the city through continued
partnerships with corporations, individual
residents and community groups. You can get
involved with this naturalization process by
planting as an individual or planning a planting
event in your community. The program
provides a planting site, trees, shovels, gloves
and an event facilitator.
 Visit www.edmonton.ca/rootfortrees for more
information and to fill out the online planting
quest form.                                       Participating in the Root for Trees Program

Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per session
Schedule: Flexible
Duration: Episodic
Seasonality: Spring - Fall

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Adult Educator
Master Naturalists who like public speaking may enjoy becoming Adult Educators.
These volunteers give presentations or lead interpretive walks about Edmonton’s
biodiversity and natural features to interested groups of adults, either identified by
the Program Coordinator or through a volunteer’s
own connections. Possible audiences include but
aren’t limited to community groups, clubs, seniors
facilities, and colleges and universities.
Presentation topics are very flexible and would
depend on the volunteer’s background and
expertise, and the needs and interests of the
audience. The Program Coordinator may be able to
provide some presentation material, as required.

Time Commitment: Approximately 3-4 hours per              Delivering educational programing
presentation including preparation
Schedule: Sporadic
Duration: Episodic
Seasonality: Year round

BioKit Guide
An Edmonton BioKit has been developed with the aim of helping new immigrants,
community groups and families living in Edmonton to feel more connected to and
knowledgeable about the city’s natural environment. The BioKit is a booklet full of
information and activities about Edmonton’s biodiversity. The booklets are designed
to be used by adults or children to explore the natural environment through creative,
hands-on learning with the help of a facilitator. Master Naturalists can help to
‘animate’ the guides by leading nature
walks and nature games with interested
groups. For access to BioKits please
contact the Program Coordinator or visit
www.edmonton.ca/naturalareas.

There is also an opportunity for Master
Naturalists to assist with the development
of formal, supplementary BioKit materials
such as a BioKit Activity Guide with nature
games and activities.
Time Commitment: 2-3 hours/session
                                               Learning about Edmonton's natural environment
Schedule: Sporadic
Duration: Short or Long-term
Seasonality: Spring/Summer/Fall

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PlantWatch
PlantWatch Alberta, Inside Education and the City of Edmonton have partnered to
create a PlantWatch Program for grade 4 students in Edmonton. Master Naturalists
are needed to help engage students in a citizen science
project focused on the phenology of native plants in
their community. The PlantWatch project supports
students in identifying local plants, observing and
recording when plants are in bloom and submitting this
data to a national database. Master Naturalists will
work along side Inside Education staff to support this
innovative program. Master Naturalists will assist
teachers in finding suitable site locations near schools,
support field study observations and provide additional       Student taking field observations
expertise in answering question. Classes will focus on four
main plants; dandelion, saskatoon, choke cherry, and lilac. Training will be provided
and Inside Education staff will be leading all major program delivery.

Time Commitment: 6 hours/school
Schedule: Sporadic
Duration: Short or Long-term
Seasonality: March - May

Resource Fair Educator
Urban Parks + Biodiversity attends numerous resource fairs throughout the year to
educate the public about issues facing Edmonton’s natural areas, and to share
information about initiatives like the Master Naturalist Program. Volunteers are
invited to assist at these events by staffing a
booth, answering questions, handing out
information, and generally serving as an
ambassador for the Master Naturalist Program. A
display board already exists, but there is some
scope for improving it and adding new
information, should a volunteer be interested.

Time Commitment: Variable
Schedule: Sporadic
Duration: Episodic
Seasonality: Year round                                Urban Parks + Biodiversity’s display board

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Communications Volunteer
Volunteers are invited to contribute to our Master Naturalist Program
communications. We have a Facebook page, blog, and monthly e-newsletter that
need your support! We’re always looking for content such as blog articles, newsletter
content, photos and stories to share with other program participants. The Edmonton
Master Naturalists blog is managed by our Master Naturalists and we’re looking for
Blog Administrators to assist with the operations. There is a lot of room for creativity
and flexibility in this position.

Time Commitment: Variable
Schedule: Flexible
Duration: Short-term or long-term
Seasonality: Year round

Master Naturalist Program Development
There is an opportunity for Master Naturalists to participate in the development of
material for the Master Naturalist Program. Examples include the research and
creation of session handouts, hands-on learning activities, field resources etc.
Projects will vary from year to year and will depending on program need and the
volunteer’s knowledge and interests. Please discuss available opportunities for MNP
development with the Program Coordinator.

Time Commitment: Variable
Schedule: Flexible
Duration: Short-term or long-term
Seasonality: Year round

Photographer
Budding photographers are invited to help build
up a collection of high-quality photos for use by
the Urban Parks + Biodiversity in reports,
promotional materials, and other
communications. Photos may be of any topic
related to Edmonton’s biodiversity, natural
areas, or the Master Naturalist class itself. High
resolution photographs are preferred if possible.

Time Commitment: Variable
Schedule: Flexible
Duration: Short-term or long-term                           Photographing a natural area
Seasonality: Year round

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Master Naturalist Program Interviewer
Volunteers are needed to help City staff interview prospective Master Naturalists for
future classes. These interviews are held annually in the spring. The Program
Coordinator will send out a notification when this volunteer opportunity arises.

Time Commitment: 1-4 hours
Schedule: Sporadic
Duration: Episodic
Seasonality: Spring (May)

Story Bank Contributor
Master Naturalists have important stories to tell about their volunteer experiences
and interactions with Edmonton’s natural side or the Master Naturalist Program.
Story Bank Contributors help by recording some of these stories, to be used as a
source of inspiration for other Master Naturalists
and as a way of measuring the program’s
impacts. There is some flexibility in how these
stories are documented. In the past, stories have
been summarized in short written articles,
although there is some scope for trying new
media like web-based audio and video, should a
volunteer have some expertise and interest in
this area.
                                                     Master Naturalists sharing knowledge
Time Commitment: Variable
Schedule: Flexible
Duration: Short-term or Long-term
Seasonality: Year round
Core Project? No

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Table 1: A Summary of City of Edmonton Volunteer Positions for Master Naturalists
                                                                 Schedule
                                                                                     Duration (short          Seasonality
                                  Time Commitment (list           (fixed,
      Project Title:                                                                term, long term,     (spring/summer/ fall/
                                     hours, or variable)         sporadic,
                                                                                       episodic)                winter)
                                                                 flexible)
  Natural Area Steward                 3+hours/month              Flexible          Short or long term       Year round
   Ecological Monitor              2-4 hours per site visit       Flexible          Short or long term   Spring and summer
      YegTreeMap
Section 2:
          Community Partner Volunteer Opportunities
Community Partner Volunteer Opportunities
Master Naturalists may also choose to contribute to the volunteer opportunities
offered by Edmonton’s conservation clubs and organizations. The following section
provides some basic information about potential volunteer activities available with
some of these groups. Interested Master Naturalists should follow-up directly with
particular groups for the most current information regarding volunteer opportunities.
The organization will provide you with the volunteer position details, training and
support. Volunteers may also work with groups not on this list, provided their
volunteer activities meet the criteria listed in the introduction of this guide. All
proposed volunteer work should first be approved by the Program Coordinator.

Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute
Mission: ABMI provides information on the state of Alberta’s biodiversity in order to
facilitate the responsible management of our environment. Their purpose is to collect
information, convert information into knowledge, and communicate the
results with resource managers, landowners, scientists and educators. The
Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute is looking for volunteers to assist
us with testing their brand new, Alberta-specific citizen science App,
NatureLynx!
Volunteer Activities:
• Monitor biodiversity by recording species sightings in the NatureLynx App
• Act as a ‘knowledge expert’ to approve sightings and identify unknown species
Contact:
Contact information to be given to participants during the course
W: http://www.abmi.ca

Alberta Conservation Association
Alberta Volunteer Amphibian Monitoring Program
Mission: Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) delivers the Alberta Volunteer
Amphibian Monitoring Program (AVAMP). Through AVAMP, volunteers
are encouraged to submit location information on amphibian and
reptile observations. We offer our volunteers ongoing support for
amphibian and reptile identification as well as guidance in monitoring
and submitting observations. Data collected by volunteers supports the
conservation and management of Alberta’s amphibian and reptile species.
Volunteer Activities:
• Report observations of amphibians (and reptiles) using an online form.
Contact:
Contact information to be given to course participants
W: www.ab-conservation.com/avamp
Alberta Invasive Species Council
Mission: The Alberta Invasive Species Council The vote also changed the scope of
the Council to include all species and the following objectives:
1. Make Albertans aware of the impact that invasive species
have on the environment, economy, and society through
communication, education and awareness.
2. Be recognized as Alberta’s voice on invasive species by
acting as a key resource organization.
3. Foster partnerships between agencies with a mutual interest in invasive species
management through communication and cooperation.
Volunteer Activities:
• Weed removal
• Public advocacy and education
Contact:
Contact information to be given to course participants
W: www.invasiveplants.ab.ca

Alberta Mycological Society
Mission: A non-profit organization and volunteer study group, whose members are
fascinated by fungi. As the only mycological club in Canada's prairie provinces, AMS
provides education to promote an understanding and appreciation of the Kingdom of
Fungi.
Volunteer Activities:
• Mushroom photography/documentation
• Education/outreach
Contact:
Contact information to be given to course participants
W: www.wildmushrooms.ws

Alberta Plantwatch
Mission: An organization that recruits volunteer ‘citizen scientists’ to monitor the
springtime leafing and budding of plants in order to observe the impacts of climate
change on living things.
Volunteer Activities: Volunteers are needed every spring to observe the flowering of 1-5
selected plants. Volunteer monitor plants and report budding and blooming dates back
to Plantwatch.
Please note: If you’d like to be part of the PlantWatch School Program please refer
to page 9 of this manual and contact the MN Program Coordinator.
Contact:
Contact information to be given to course participants
W: http://plantwatch.fanweb.ca/contact-info

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Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Northern AB (CPAWS)
Mission: The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is a nation-wide non-profit
wilderness protection organization. CPAWS Northern Alberta was established in 1968 as
the first regional chapter. CPAWS Northern Alberta works with government, industry,
First Nations and the public to ensure Alberta's natural heritage is conserved and
protected. We focus on the management of parks and protected areas, the creation of
more protected areas in northern Alberta, and the preservation and management of
northern Alberta's wildlife, wilderness, and
biodiversity.
Volunteer Activities: Outreach within the Edmonton
community, Blogging, Education, Administration.
Contact:
Contact information to be given to course participants
W: http://www.cpaws.org

Cows and Fish – Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society
Mission: Strives to foster a better understanding of how improvements in grazing and
other management of riparian areas can enhance landscape health and productivity, for
the benefit of landowners, agricultural producers, communities and others who use and
value riparian areas.
Volunteer Activities: Outreach and education
Contact:
Contact information to be given to course participants
W: www.cowsandfish.org

Edmonton and Area Land Trust
Mission: A non-profit conservation organization dedicated to conserving and stewarding
the natural heritage of the region through private stewardship and partnerships. The
EALT envisions an Edmonton region where natural area systems are valued, preserved
for future generations, and play a key role in the social, economic, and environmental life
of the residents of the area.
Volunteer Activities:
• Site stewardship and monitoring
• Volunteers with a range of specialties for a Technical Board or other advisory
    capacities
• Write articles on a variety of topics
• Community education and outreach
Contact:
Contact information to be given to course participants
W: www.ealt.ca

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Edmonton Native Plant Group
Mission: An informal group of people in the Edmonton area who grow native plants
and promote their use in gardens, parks, community leagues, schools, natural areas
and other landscaping projects. The ENPG has a number of restoration projects, a
weeding project (the Thistle patrol), a native plant nursery, and two demonstration
native plant flowerbeds.
Volunteer Activities:
• Native planting and weed removal
• Restoration projects and plant rescue
• Community outreach and education (displays)
• Potting plants for plant sales and cleaning/packaging seeds for seed sales
Contact:
Contact information to be given to course participants
W: http://www.eng.fanweb.ca

Edmonton Nature Club
Mission: A nature club with the goal of encouraging an interest in, and the study of,
the natural environment by its members and the community, and promoting the
establishment and maintenance of natural areas. View the calendar on their website
for upcoming events.
Volunteer Activities:
• Christmas Bird Count – Species Inventory
• Nature Walk Leader
• Executive positions
• Contribution to an Edmonton Plant List
Contact:
Contact information to be given to course participants
W: http://enc.fanweb.ca

Edmonton Urban Coyote Project
Mission: This project is a multi-faceted study on coyotes through the University of
Alberta that aims to promote positive interactions between people and wildlife while
minimizing the need for lethal management of coyotes. The researchers use GPS
collars to track coyotes and also analyze their scat to learn how they use, and move
through, the urban landscape.
Volunteer Activities:
    • Scat collection
    • Outreach
    • Survey distribution
    • Habitat surveys and snow tracking
Contact:
Contact information to be given to course participants
W: www.edmontonurbancoyotes.ca

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Evergreen
Mission: A national not-for-profit organization that makes cities more liveable by
deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians
to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments.
Volunteer Activities:
• Schoolyard naturalization – resource person, project management
• Ongoing care of naturalized sites
• Working with school garden clubs
• Updating native plant database
Contact:
Contact information to be given to course participants
W: www.evergreen.ca

Nature Alberta
Mission: A province-wide organization that provides a unified voice for naturalists on
conservation issues, encourages Albertans to increase knowledge and understanding of
natural history and ecological processes, and organizes field meetings, conferences,
nature camps, research symposia and other activities.
Volunteer Activities:
• Young Naturalists Club - Lead family nature programming (pond dip,
   bird/plant walk, nature games etc.) through the Family Nature Night
   events
Contact:
Contact information to be given to course participants
W: www.naturealberta.ca/ync

Sustainable Food Edmonton
Mission: Sustainable Food Edmonton builds community and a better regional food
system by:
- engaging everyone in shared gardening, growing and food experiences
- raising awareness
- initiating and supporting projects and programs
- influencing policy and continual improvement through research and
evaluation
Volunteer Activities:
• Assist interested community gardens in selecting and incorporating native plants and
     habitat enhancements to naturalize portions of their sites
• Share knowledge about native species and naturalization techniques through an
     online/newsletter Q&A segment for community gardens in Edmonton
• Present/speak on how gardens in Edmonton can incorporate elements of
     naturalization at Sustainable Food Edmonton events
Contact:
Contact information to be given to course participants
W: www.sustainablefoodedmonton.org

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Peregrine Project
Mission: The Peregrine Project is an educational campaign designed to raise
awareness about Peregrine Falcons nesting on a University of Alberta campus
building. Webcams have been tracking and broadcasting the activities of the at-risk
birds since the early 1990s.
Volunteer Activities:
Help is needed during ‘Fledge Watch’ each July as the new birds learn how to fly.
Volunteers track the birds’ movements through the sky and call for help if they
become grounded.
Contact:
Contact information to be given to course participants
W: www.ab-conservation.com/peregrinecam

Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton
Mission: The WRS provides compassionate care for injured and orphaned wildlife and
educates the public on the importance of wildlife in the community.
Volunteer Activities:
• Wildlife hotline
• Wildlife pick-up
• Administration
• Special events
• Junior wildlife ambassador program
• Enclosure maintenance
Contact:
Contact information to be given to course participants
W: www.wildlife-edm.ca/volunteer

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