Wetlands benefit far more than ducks

 

Wetlands benefit far more than ducks

Ducks aren’t the only feathered friends benefitting from conservation partnerships in Alberta.

Recent collaborative efforts between Pheasants Forever Calgary and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) are resulting in the continuation of the conservation of  pheasant habitat which is also home to waterfowl and other wildlife in southeastern Alberta.

Southeastern Alberta is home to several DUC projects built in the 1950s and ’60s when the organization worked with irrigation districts to drought-proof the prairies by putting water on the land.  Many of these projects now require extensive work to be maintained and operated.

In the last year, Pheasants Forever Calgary and DUC cost-shared the re-construction of three of the segments of the Circle E project, located 15 miles southwest of Bow City, Alta. This project, originally constructed in 1954, includes 32 wetland basins or 2,000 acres of wetlands situated on more than 10,000 acres of native grasslands that are surrounded by intensive irrigated cropland.

DUC and Pheasants Forever Calgary will continue to work together in 2015 to ensure these projects continue to provide productive habitant for pheasants as well as for waterfowl, wildlife and residents of southeastern Alberta.

ATB Cares

ATBFinancial and Pheasants Forever Calgary have been working together over the past few months looking to develop a fundraising partnership to increase funds to support Pheasants Forever initiatives in southern Alberta.

ATB Financial has developed the ATB Cares website in which to facilitate donations online by simply using a credit card (MasterCard or VISA) to process and submit a charitable donation. Donations made through the site are easy and simple to submit and an immediate tax receipt is issued for any donation made over $25.

ATB Financial has committed to covering all administrative costs ensuring that every dollar donated through ATB Cares goes directly to the organization of your choice. ATB Financial has also allotted $100,000 province-wide in which they will match donations made to Alberta based charitable organizations.

Pheasants Forever Calgary will receive an additional 15% from ATB Financial for each dollar donated through the ATB Cares website. Visit www.atbcares.com to make your donation today simply click the Donate link below…

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Taber Pheasant Festival 2014

 Festival Overview

The festival is a joint effort between Alberta Conservation Association, Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association, local Alberta Fish and Game Association clubs, MD of Taber, Town of Taber, Taber Heritage Inn, Pheasants Forever Calgary, Upland Birds Alberta, Taber and District Chamber of Commerce, as well as many local businesses and individuals.

Please come out and support the festival and the landowners who make this event possible.

Dates and Events

October 18 – 19 Novice Pheasant Hunts
October 20 “Turkey Shoot” Event – Indoor Pellet Gun and Card Games Night
October 20 – 25 Main Pheasant Hunts
October 21 Culinary Event Featuring Kevin Kossowan at Tank 77 in the Heritage Inn
October 22 Scotch Tasting Event & Wing Wednesday at Tank 77 in the Heritage Inn
October 23 Celebration Banquet (Buy Tickets Now!)
October 24 – 25 Bird Dog Seminar

 Taber Pheasant Festival Office Hours

Taber and District Chamber of Commerce

Purchase your exclusive Taber Pheasant Festival hats and gloves at the festival office.

October 19 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
October 20 – 24 7:00 am – 12:30 pm AND from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
October 23 7:00 am – 12:00 pm (from noon on, proceed to the community centre)
October 25 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

Have Questions?

For Information call: 403-331-7657 or 403-382-8568

Festival Sponsors

 

More information can be found at http://www.ab-conservation.com

 

 

 

ATB Financial / Pheasants Forever Mastercard

Banking on Conservation

On April 23, 2014 Pheasants Forever, in partnership with ATB Financial, officially launched the Pheasants Forever MasterCard that will help enhance and conserve important habitat in Southern Alberta. With the increased pressure on our land for oil and gas and agriculture purposes, Alberta’s natural grass land habitat has been under enormous stress over the last 20+ years. Although these practices are pivotal to the Alberta economy, it is Pheasants Forever’s mission to work not against but with corporations and landowners to educate, partner with, acquire and rebuild natural wildlife habitat enhancing the Alberta landscape.

This exciting new partnership with ATB Financial allows Albertans to support wildlife and habitat conservation everyday by simply using a tool we all use on a weekly basis.

The Pheasants Forever MasterCard has No Annual Fee and for each activated card ATB Financial will contribute $50 directly to Pheasants Forever for habitat conservation efforts in Alberta. In addition you as a card holder can donate your reward points that accumulate from everyday purchases and ATB Financial will match your donation to Pheasants Forever by 15%.

Show your passion for the outdoors and sign up today! Simply fill out the application, by clicking the link below, and mail it in a sealed envelope to:

ATB Financial Branch 930
300, 151 Walden Gate SE
Calgary, AB
T2X 0R2

For more information or other means of signing up call 1-888-282-5678 to speak to an ATB Financial Representative or visit your local ATB Financial branch. Must be 18 years or older, offer only valid in Alberta to Alberta Residents. Some conditions may apply.