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Date: Monday, February 12, 2024
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Location:
Friends Program Room

The Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley and the Canmore Public Library Presents: Earth Talks

Community Oriented Environmental Speakers and Conversations 

How Do My Food Scraps Become Compost in the Bow Valley?

Join us with Shannon Ripley, Professional Agrologist, at the Canmore Public Library for her presentation "How Do My Food Scraps Become Compost in the Bow Valley?"

This Earth Talks event, with the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley, will take place on Monday, March 18th in the Friends Program Room at 7:00pm.

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About How Do My Food Scraps Become Compost:
Attendees will learn about:

  • The journey food scraps take from when you collect them at home, work or school to when they become finished compost that is applied to agricultural fields;
  • Why separate food scraps for composting?
  • The fascinating role of the ‘soil superheroes’ (microorganisms) that carry out the decomposition process

This Earth Talks is in partnership with the Canmore Museum who have a current exhibit titled, "Soil Superheroes"!

About the Presenter:

Shannon Ripley is trained as a soil scientist (M.Sc.) and environmental scientist (B.Sc.) and is a Professional Agrologist. Shannon has over 15 years of experience planning, implementing and evaluating composting and waste diversion programs and policies in collaboration with municipal and territorial governments, Indigenous governments, non-profit organizations and farmers. She is self-employed, and currently working with communities in Alberta, BC and the Northwest Territories, including on projects in the Bow Valley. Shannon is a mom of two children, ages five and eight, and loves the composting and gardening adventures she now enjoys with them.

What is Earth Talks?
Earth Talks is a new program coming to the CPL, in collaboration with the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley, to bring you monthly environmental speakers and conversations relevant to our community.

On one Monday evening each month, we will be joined by Biosphere staff in the Friends Program Room at 7:00pm for an Earth Talk. Earth Talks will typically be held on the third Monday of the month, with a few exceptions.

Admission is free, with donations graciously accepted.

Get inspired to learn more about the world around us and what we can do to preserve it!

Upcoming Earth Talks:

Previous Earth Talks:

Build Your Own Indoor Air Filter with Karen Rollins

Join us with Karen Rollins, President of Bow Valley Clean Air Society, at the Canmore Public Library to learn how to Build Your Own Indoor Air Filter!

This Earth Talks event, in partnership with the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley, will take place on Monday, February 12th in the Friends Program Room at 6:00pm.

About Build Your Own Indoor Air Filter:
Attendees will:

  • Learn why indoor air filtration is needed: to filter virus and wildfire smoke
  • Be shown three inexpensive designs of DIY indoor air filters
  • View a demonstration of how to build an indoor air filter
  • Build their own air filter on-site to take home (Materials will be provided to those who are registered)

After a short presentation, instructions on how to build an air filter will be handed out, and a demonstration on how to build an air filter will be given. Materials will be provided (as part of the registration fee) for participants to build and take home their own indoor air filter!

This event requires registration and has a cost of $106.77 to cover the material costs. All materials required to build your own indoor air filter will be provided at the event.

Only 16 spots are available - you must register through this Eventbrite link to confirm your spot.

You will still be able to join via Zoom if you'd like to watch the presentation to learn how to build an air filter at home with your own materials.

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About the Presenter:

Karen Rollins is President of Bow Valley Clean Air Society

BVCAS is a volunteer non-profit Society based in Canmore. It was established in 2002. They monitor air quality in the Bow Valley and work with community organizations, all levels of government, businesses and individuals to continuously improve the air quality in the Bow Valley.

Thank you to Canadian Tire in Canmore for their support in this event.

Wildlife Corridors in the Bow Valley: The Good, the Bad, and the Future

Join Dr. Hilary Young, Director of Communities and Conservation, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, at the Canmore Public Library for their presentation "Wildlife Corridors in the Bow Valley: The Good, the Bad, and the Future."

This Earth Talks event, in partnership with the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley, will take place on Monday, January 15th in the Friends Program Room at 7:00pm.

Registration is now closed as we are fully booked! You can still join us virtually via Zoom live during the event. See the Zoom link to join below.

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About Wildlife Corridors in the Bow Valley:
Attendees will learn about:

  • What are wildlife corridors, why are they important, and why do I hear so much about them in the Bow Valley?
  • What characteristics must wildlife corridors have to keep wildlife populations healthy and resilient?
  • How do we keep our corridors functional in the face of future pressures?

About the Presenter:

Hilary Young is a Canmore local and conservation professional with almost a decade of experience working to protect and connect habitat in western Canada. Shortly after completing her PhD in Ecology at the University of Calgary, Hilary was thrilled to find work at the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) that blends her passion for the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her background in ecology and conservation biology.

Now, as Director of Communities and Conservation for Y2Y, Hilary and her team engage a wide range of communities for solutions that benefit nature and people. This includes working with residents and Indigenous and non-Indigenous decision-makers to support key planning decisions; partnering with recreation and tourism organizations to limit impacts of their industries; and collaborating with local communities to listen, learn and implement solutions that promote human-wildlife coexistence.

Before taking the new role in the Communities and Conservation program a year ago, Hilary was the Director of Y2Y’s Alberta program. Her team focused on wildlife corridors and highway crossings in key regions like the Bow Valley to ensure that wide-ranging species like grizzly bears, wolves, and elk could move between and beyond protected areas. Central to Y2Y’s work is an equity- and justice-oriented lens so that the organization’s efforts benefit both nature and people within the greater Y2Y region.

Moderator: Gareth Thomson, Executive Director, Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley.

Event dates

  • Monday, January 15, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, February 12, 2024 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 18, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 22, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 13, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 17, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 16, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 21, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 18, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 9, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
You can register for these future events