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The Friends of Fish Creek and Alberta Parks work together to bring you the Fish Creek Speaker Series!

Starting in January 2019, the Fish Creek Speaker Series admission fee will increase from $5.00 to $10.00. Friends of Fish Creek members will continue to receive free admission. Youth 16 years of age or younger can attend free of charge, but must be accompanied by a registered adult. This increase will help to alleviate some of the costs associated with running the program and encourage membership. Through the Fish Creek Speaker Series program, professionals from a variety of fields and areas of expertise share their knowledge and experiences. These fascinating and informative presentations take place from January – June and then September – November. Fish Creek Speaker Series presentations will take place at the Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre at Shannon Terrace in Fish Creek Provincial Park (13931 Woodpath Rd. SW, access via 130 Ave. SW and 37 St. SW.) Registration is required. Refreshments are available on a first come, first served basis. Please park near washroom facility.

Map to Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre

Badgers in your Backyard – A Glimpse into the Ecology of an Important Grassland Predator

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Presented by Nicole Heim, M.Sc, Local Wildlife Ecologist

Join us for this fascinating presentation about badgers, to learn how these unique carnivores can help us maintain and restore healthy grassland ecosystems. Wildlife ecologist Nicole Heim will also highlight research opportunities and dispel a few common myths about these unique animals. Nicole Heim is a Wildlife Ecologist who has focused on understanding and conserving terrestrial carnivores. With over 15 years of experience, she has hands on has spent time researching cougars, bears, badgers, and wolverines. In addition to the fierce and fuzzy critters, Nicole has focused her attention on understanding how natural and human land-use factors influence long-term population persistence of carnivores and other terrestrial mammals throughout Rocky Mountains and along Alberta’s East Slopes. 

Registration Is Required.

Free for Friends Members and $10.00 for Non-Members.
Free for Youth 16 Years of Age and Younger with Registered Adult.

Register through Eventbrite

Refunds are possible up to 7 days before the event, but Eventbrite service fee will not be refunded. 


Special thanks to the following presenters for the informative talks. Thank you to everyone who attended, to Alberta Parks Staff and to the volunteers who helped these events run smoothly. 

The Secret Lives of Bighorn Sheep – presented by Dr. Kathreen Ruckstuhl, University of Calgary Associate Professor – Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park: Where History, Stories and Dreams Become One – presented by Aaron Domes, Head of Visitor Services at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park – Thursday, Nov 20, 2014

Geology: The Foundation for Alberta Parks – presented by Dr. Mark Fenton of the Alberta Geological Survey – Thursday, Jan 22, 2015

Fire in Kananaskis Country – presented by Scott Jevons Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Specialist and Alberta Parks Fire Ecologist in Kananaskis Country – Thursday, Feb 19, 2015

Blast from the Past: An Archaeological Exploration of Fish Creek Provincial Park – presented by Drew McKibben, Heritage Interpreter – Thursday, Mar 19, 2015

The Healing Power of Nature: Naturopathic Medicine and a Healthy, Balanced Lifestyle – presented by Dr. Gayle Maguire, Member of the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors – Thursday, Apr 16, 2015

Springtime in Fish Creek: Wildlife, Conservation Officers and You – presented by Fish Creek Provincial Park Conservation Officer Arthur Hughes – Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Dirt Road History of the Plains and Foothills – presented by Bill Evans, Engineer, Photographer, Explorer and Dirt Road Adventurer – Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Day in the Life of the Urban Conservation Officer – presented by Fish Creek Provincial Park Conservation Officers Arthur Hughes and Thomas Blake, Conservation Officers from Fish Creek and the East Kananaskis Management Area – Thursday, Sep 24, 2015

The Flood Giveth and the Flood Taketh Away: Excavation of a Two Thousand Year Old Buried Tipi Ring in Fish Creek Provincial Park – presented by Dr. Dan Meyer, Lifeways of Canada Limited – Thursday, Oct 22, 2015

The Place of Parks and Nature at End of Life – presented by Sonya L. Jakubec, RN, PhD, Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Mount Royal University and Don Carruthers Den Hoed, Head of Inclusion and Public Engagement Parks Division – Kananaskis Region Alberta Environment and Parks – Thursday, Nov 19, 2015

Fish Creek: From Gentle Stream to Wild River and Everything in Between – presented by Katie Pearson Program Coordinator, Friends of Fish Creek – Thursday, Jan 21, 2016

Sticks and Stones: Using Bioengineering to Improve Fish Habitat – presented by Lesley Peterson (P.Biol) Provincial Biologist Trout Unlimited Canada – Thursday, Feb 25, 2016

Top Dog: The Ecology, History and Survival of Gray Wolves in Kananaskis and Alberta – presented by Melanie Percy, Regional Park Ecologist, Heritage Protection Team Lead – Thursday, Mar 24, 2016

Estate Planning: Leave a Lasting Legacy for Cherished Green Spaces and Healthy Families – presented by Marissa German, McLeod Law Associate – Thursday, Apr 28, 2016

A Journey through the Mountains and Meadows of Kananaskis – presented by John McFaul, Professional Hiking Guide – Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Qi Gong and the Fish Creek Wellness Showcase – presented by Dianne Smith, Spring Forest Qi Gong Certified Instructor, and featuring Yoga and Guided Meditation Instructors Gwen Draude Woolverton and Naomi Parker, and local artists and Painting Instructors Sylvia Prochownik and Jim Pescott – Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Geology on your Doorstep: Exposed Rocks and Fossils within an Hour’s Drive from Calgary – presented by Jon Noad, Geological Consultant – Thursday, Sep 22, 2016

Exploring the Native Grassland Elements of Fish Creek Provincial Park – presented by Ian Macdonald, Professional Biologist and Botanist – Thursday, Oct 27, 2016

Alberta Parks – White Goat and Siffleur Wilderness Areas of the Central Rockies – Presented by Graham Thursfield Visitor Services Coordinator, Rocky Mountain House – Thursday, Nov 24, 2016

Growing Up in Alberta’s Eastern Parks – Presented by Alison Cole, Visitor Experience Coordinator, Alberta Environment and Parks, Parkland Area – Thursday, Jan 26, 2017

Beaches, Birds, and the Boreal Forest: Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park – Presented by Ceiridwen Robbins, Visitor Services Coordinator, Alberta Environment and Parks, Slave Lake District – Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 

Uncharted: A Photographic Wildflower and Book evening with Graeme Connell – Presented by Graeme and Lois Connell – Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 

Purchase Uncharted: An Inspirational Novel for only $25.00

Discover Calgary’s Best Walks with author Lori Beattie – Presented by Lori Beattie – Thursday, April 20, 2017

Beavers: Nature’s Engineers, Troublesome Rodents, Iconic Canadian Symbol and So Much More – Presented by Cows and Fish; Shalane Friesen, Formal and Environmental Educator Fish Creek Provincial Park; and Ryan Hannusch, Fish Creek Provincial Park Conservation Officer – Thursday, May 18, 2017

Art in the Park – Art Exhibit, Meet and Greet and Special Presentations with Local Artists Jim Pescott, Yasmin Irani and Gerry Mulhall – Presented by Jim Pescott, Yasmin Irani and Gerry Mulhall – Thursday, June 22, 2017

Planned Giving for Healthy Families: Leaving a Legacy, Planning Your Estate, and Charitable Giving – Presented by Aaron Bickman, Trust and Estate Practitioner in the Wills & Estates group of McLeod Law – Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017

Kananaskis Public Safety: Who We Are and What We Do – Presented by Kananaskis Public Safety Specialists – Thursday, Oct 26, 2017

Snakes of Alberta: Why Everyone Should Love Snakes – Presented by Sandi Robertson, Wildlife Biologist Alberta Environment and Parks – Thursday, Nov 23, 2017

Whirling Disease in Alberta – Presented by Lesley Peterson, Alberta Provincial Biologist with Trout Unlimited Canada – Thursday, Jan 11, 2018

Trekking Across Southern Alberta: From Saskatchewan to Writing-On-Stone – Presented by Gus Yaki, Lifelong Naturalist and Dedicated Friends of Fish Creek volunteer – Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018

Fantastic Fossils: Where, How, and Why to Find Them – Presented by Ben Borkovic, Palaeontologist with the Royal Tyrrell Museum Flood Mitigation Project -Thursday, Mar 22, 2018

ReWilding, a Story of Fish Creek Restoration – Presented by Drew McKibbon, Friends of Fish Creek Tour Guide – Thursday, Apr 19, 2018

Grizzly Bears in Kananaskis Country, Tools for Managing Grizzlies and Bear Populations – Presented by John Paczkowski, Park Ecologist with Alberta Environment and Parks – Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rocks, Ridges, and Rivers: Geological Wonders of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks – Presented by Dale Leckie, Award-Winning Geologist and Best-Selling Author – Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Planned Giving – Leaving a Legacy for Future Generations and Healthy Families – Presented by Henry Villanueva, Wills and Estates Lawyer – Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018

The Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park – Presented by Julie MacDougall, Senior Parks Planner – South Region Alberta Environment and Parks – Thursday, Oct 25, 2018

East Coast Exploration – Newfoundland – Presented by Julia Millen, Acting Community & Partner Relations Team Lead – Alberta Environment and Parks – Thursday, Nov 22, 2018 

Dinosaur Provincial Park – Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019 – Cancelled to due to inclement weather and unsafe conditions 

Alberta Native Bee Council – Presented by Megan Evans, Alberta Native Bee Council – Thursday, Feb 28, 2019

Calgary Captured – Urban Wildlife on Film – Presented by Vanessa Carney and Lynette Hiebert, City of Calgary Parks – Thursday, Mar 21, 2019

Call of the Wetland – Combining Science, Nature and Community for the Health of Calgary’s Wetlands – Presented by Nicole Kahal, Conservation Analyst, Miistakis Institute – Thursday, Apr 18 , 2019

Planting for Pollinators – How Native Plant Species Beautify Your Garden and Attract Pollinators – Presented by Catherine Dowdell of cath-earth-sis Services Inc – Thursday, May 16, 2019