Sheep River Library Presents the 2015 Winter Speaker Series: Community and Land

This series via teleconference runs on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. You can catch it at the library!

zooan_ferrhawk_687w**TONIGHT** Tuesday January 27: Prairie Species at Risk; Joel Nicholson, Species at Risk, Senior Biologist ESRD

Video Conferencing from the Medicine Hat Library, Joel Nicholson presents a glimpse into wildlife species dependent on prairie grassland. The mixed grass prairie of southern Alberta is an amazing natural landscape, providing habitat for many unique species.


Godo StoykeTuesday February 3: How To Create Green Communities; Godo Stoyke, President, Green Consultant and Carbon Buster

Video Conferencing from Edmonton join Godo to find out how our communities can reduce their carbon footprint, save money and create a sustainable future! In this lively, humorous and informative presentation, Godo will provide numerous examples of exciting green systems from around the world that work.



CougarTuesday February 10: Cougars in The Cypress Hills: reconciling recreation and wildlife; Peter Swain, District Manager, Cypress Hills Provincial Park

Join Peter Swain, video conferencing in from the Medicine Hat Library, for this amazing presentation. Elkwater has incredible winter recreation facilities, but are these helping or hindering the cougars? Join us for an entertaining walk through cougar biology, conflict and adaptive park management.

Susan GuyetteTuesday February 17: Sustainable Cultural Tourism; Susan Guyette, PhD.

Video Conferencing from Santa Fe New Mexico, Susan Guyette speaks of sustainability being possible through a worldview that respects cultural values and natural cycles, rather than a lineal, profit-based economic perspective. This approach emphasizes a cyclical process of community-based evaluation and redirection. Indigenous methodology shows the way!



Dr Francois TherrienTuesday February 24: Alberta: Land of Dinosaurs and Other Paleontological Wonders; Dr. Francois Therrien.

In his talk, Dr. François Therrien will showcase some of the most significant paleontological discoveries made in Alberta, from the first member of the tyrannosaur family to the first feathered dinosaurs found in North America, and demonstrate why our province can legitimately be called the “Land of Dinosaurs.” Francois will video conference from the Pincher Creek and District Library.




Burgess ShaleTuesday March 3: Burgess Shale Tales and Trilobites; John Hancock.

Video Conferencing from the Pincher Creek and District Library, John Hancock shares his knowledge of the Burgess Shale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1909 the Burgess Shale Beds were discovered in what is now Yoho National Park. This presentation shares the story of the rick fossil beds left behind from the soft- bodied animals who lived 530 million years ago.

69940_MediumTuesday March 10: Stories from a Back Country Park Warden Family; Max and Julie Winkler.

Video Conferencing from the Pincher Creek and District Library, In 1960 Max and Julie Winkler packed up their 10-week-old son and headed into the backcountry of Jasper National Park, where Max was a warden. Hear the stories and recollections of their time chasing poachers and raising a family in a beautiful and isolated backcountry cabin.



Female Prairie FalconTuesday March 17: A Passion for Falcons, a Pig Barn and a “$10.00 Fine”; John Campbell Jr., Founder of the Alberta Raptor Preservation Society.

Working with birds of prey for over 40 years, John shares how his family’s ranch contributed to the recovery of peregrine falcons in Alberta; and, started his own lifelong journey as a conservationist helping with the scientific study and recovery of raptors in central and southern Alberta.

Eagle-Point-–-Blue-Rapids-ParkTuesday March 24: Youth Interpretation and Appreciation of our Landscapes; JeanAnne Teliskie, Eagle Point Blue Rapids Parks Council.

Video Conferencing from Drayton Valley, JeanAnne Teliske, Education and Outreach Coordinator, shares The Parks Council’s story of connecting today’s youth with their natural surroundings! Drayton Valley students have played an integral role in developing community trail systems within and close to Drayton Valley strengthening the relationship between our community and its landscape.

The Sheep River Library is on main street in Turner Valley, across from the Post Office. You can call the library at 403-933-3278. Check out their website or like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

The library’s hours are: Mon, Fri and Sat: 10am to 5pm; Tues, Wed and Thurs: 10am to 8pm. Closed Sundays and holidays.

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