Winter 2022

Newsletter Archive


Executive Director Message

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Happy New Year from all of us at Miistakis. While this is not the start to 2022 we were all hoping for, we are looking forward to brighter days ahead. As pandemic restrictions continue, and the Miistakis team continues to work remotely we start this year filled with gratitude. Gratitude to our supporters, our partners, and our funders. Without you, our work, especially during these difficult times, would not be possible. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with all of you to advance conservation to support healthy and robust landscapes.

We return from our break refreshed and ready to roll up our sleeves and dive deep into our conservation challenges. Over the next few months we will be working on new and exciting research addressing the need to demonstrate the value of private land conservation, disseminating our innovative research identifying important mitigation locations for pronghorn, promoting nature-based solutions to support watershed resiliency and climate adaptation and advancing the management and conservation of wetlands.

This newsletter provides updates on some of our most recent research including work we have been doing to support municipalities in identifying, mapping and assessing natural infrastructure. You can read our recently released report that identifies locations along the Trans Canada highway where road mitigation can improve pronghorn conservation. We have also recently released a new, innovative tool that helps municipal decision makers assess the impacts of a proposed development to ecological connectivity. Lastly, you can get caught up on our recent work supporting urban biodiversity in Calgary.

We have also included in this newsletter a contribution from Miistakis's Indigenous Conservation Consultant, Elliot Fox. Elliot, together with the Blackfoot Confederacy and 13 government and non-government agencies are undertaking an innovative initiative focused on west slope cutthroat and bull trout in the Bow and Oldman River watersheds. We applaud this collaborative for undertaking this important work.

We wish you all health and happiness for 2022.