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Parks Canada has decided to issue an evacuation order of Waterton Lakes National Park, due to the Kenow Fires. Due to the uncertainty of when we will be able to get back into the park we have decided to cancel this years Wildlife Weekend. We would like to thank all of those that wanted to come and bought tickets this year. We will continue on next year!

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September 22nd – September 24th, 2017

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Friday, September 22

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

22N Grizzly and Brown Bears of the Earth
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm | with Reno Sommerhalder | $15.00
Activity Level: All
With both video clips and photos Reno will illustrate how brown and grizzly bears are being managed and perceived world wide, including Canada. What can we do, to help correct the often sensationalistic image of this important indicator of healthy eco-systems.
Meeting Place: Opera House
Venue: Opera House

5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

22P Barbeque and The Wardens Performance
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm | Waterton - Glacier International Peace Park Association | $30.00
Activity Level: All
Come and enjoy a Barbecue with those attending the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Assembly. Cocktails start at 5:30, the Barbecue will be from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, and The Wardens will start at 8:00 pm. Come and enjoy! Get your tickets until September 15th.
Meeting Place: Waterton Community Centre
Venue: Waterton Community Centre

7:00 pm

22R Canada 150: Bert Riggall's Greater Waterton - A conservation Legacy
7:00 PM | with | Free
Activity Level: All
Bert Riggall was a legendary Waterton guide and outfitter who shared his deep love and knowledge of this area with his guests and neighbours. His observations and advocacy set in motion many of the ongoing conservation initiatives at play in the Greater Waterton region today. An outstanding photographer, Riggall is the topic of a new book being launched this Fall.
Meeting Place: Lions Hall
Venue: Field

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

22T Opening Up the Prairies for Pronghorn
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm | with Paul Jones | By Donation
Activity Level: all
Although this very unique animal may be called the North American antelope, the pronghorn is the last living descendant of the family Antilocapridae, and is not related to those found in Africa. The pronghorn is only found within the grasslands of North America and prefers flat to rolling terrain. The second fastest land mammal and smaller than a deer, the pronghorn is head and feet above the rest. Cold winters and fences all affect this animal's survival. For the past ten years, Paul Jones has been studying this animal through the prairies of Alberta. Come and learn about why the pronghorn is a unique species and how the Alberta Conservation Association and its partners are working to open up the prairies for pronghorn.
Meeting Place: Falls Theatre
Venue: Falls Theatre

8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

22V Night Sky Photography
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm | with Alan Dyer | $45.00
Activity Level: all
Join astrophotographer Alan Dyer on an evening shoot of the autumn night sky and Milky Way above a scenic Waterton landscape to learn the basics of nightscape photography. Participants should have a DSLR or mirrorless camera, with a wide-angle lens, preferably f/2.8 or faster, and a good tripod.
Meeting Place: Lions Hall
Venue: Field

Saturday, September 23

6:00 am - 8:00 am

23A The Fall Rut
6:00 am - 8:00 am | with Dale Paton | $45.00
Activity Level: all
As many as 800 elk converge on Waterton each year for the fall rut. Don't miss this opportunity to see and hear these magnificent animals under the guidance of elk researcher, Dale Paton.
Meeting Place: Lions Hall
Venue: Field

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

23C Wildlife Writing: Fact and fiction in the Southern Rockies
9:00 am - 12:00 pm | with Jeff Doherty | $45.00
Activity Level: moderate
As long as humans have been observing wildlife, they have also been writing about the diet, mating rituals and habits of wildlife. As with all writing, the goal is to inform, persuade and invoke a sense of wonder. Join local freelance writer Jeff Doherty for a moderate half-day hike as we steep ourselves in notable passages - both fact and fiction - from well-known western Canadian authors including Sid Marty, Howard O'Hagan, Sharon Butala and Andy Russell.
Meeting Place: Lions Hall
Venue: Field

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

23D Heritage Equestrian Ride
9:00 am - 3:00 pm | with | Free
Activity Level: Experienced Riders, Riders will be interviewed
Bert Riggall was a legendary Waterton guide and outfitter who shared his deep love and knowledge of this area with his guests and neighbors. His observations and advocacy set in motion many of the ongoing conservation initiatives at play in the Greater Waterton region today. An outstanding photographer, Riggall is the topic of a new book being launched this Fall.
Meeting Place: Lions Hall
Venue: Field

9:15 am - 12:15pm

23E Getting started in Wildlife Photography
9:15 am - 12:15pm | with Joe Desjardins | $45.00
Activity Level: easy
Joe will get you started with the basics of wildlife photography. An introduction to gear, camera settings and hands on techniques in the field!
Meeting Place: Lions Hall
Venue: Field

9:30 am - 12:30 noon

23F Bears of Waterton
9:30 am - 12:30 noon | with Charlie Russell | $55.00
Activity Level: moderate
Learn to recognize the signs of bear activity in Waterton. Learn about their habits and ways of life as bear expert Charlie Russell shares knowledge, stories and points of view garnered from his life living in environments where these wonderful animals abound.
Meeting Place: Lions Hall
Venue: Field

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

23H Sex and the single squirrel
11:00 am - 1:00 pm | with Dr. Gail R. Michener | $15.00
Activity Level: all
Get an insider's view of the extraordinary effort male Richardson's ground squirrels make to win the paternity sweepstakes, and learn what females do to get the best guy(s) as dads for their babies. This slide show will provide insights into the upstairs-downstairs life of squirrels that do not climb trees but instead shuttle between the surface and underground world.
Meeting Place: Opera House
Venue: Opera House

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

23L Striking Balance: Exploring Canada's Biosphere Reserves
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | with Movie | $5.00 (buy ticket at Box Office)
Activity Level: All
Narrated by Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy, "Striking Balance: Waterton Biosphere Reserve" is a 50 min documentary in cinematic 4K - combining aerial, on capture time-lapse, and nature photography to create a stunning picture of this Biosphere Reserve. Join us on this epic journey and it might change the way you think about the natural world, and our place in it.
Meeting Place: Opera House
Venue: Opera House

2:15 pm - 4:30 pm

23M A Walk with Charlie
2:15 pm - 4:30 pm | with Charlie Russell | $55.00
Activity Level: moderate
An opportunity to spend time with renowned naturalist Charlie Russell; at home - bear country, in his element nature. Listen to his thoughts about man and nature - in the past, the present and future.
Meeting Place: Lions Hall
Venue: Field

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

23N Sharing the Range: Carnivores and Communities in Southwestern Alberta
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | with Dr. Andrea Morehouse | By Donation
Activity Level: All
Dr. Andrea Morehouse, Waterton Biosphere Reserve's Science and Stewardship Coordinator, will share information on large carnivores in southwestern Alberta. Learn about the grizzly bear population and some of the challenges that arise when people and large carnivores share the landscape. Dr. Morehouse will speak about the Waterton Bisoshphere Reserve's Carnivores and Communities Program and some of the local conflict mitigation efforts that are underway in the region.
Meeting Place: Falls Theatre
Venue: Falls Theatre

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

23P Riding into Wildlife Country
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm | with Alpine Stables | $90.00
Activity Level: moderate
Ride through prairie grasslands and aspen forests; enjoy the fall colours and see wild animals in their natural habitat.
Meeting Place: Alpine Stables
Venue: Field

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

23Q Striking Balance: Exploring Canada's Biosphere Reserves
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | with Movie | $5.00 (buy tickets at Box Office)
Activity Level: All
Narrated by Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy, "Striking Balance: Waterton Biosphere Reserve" is a 50 min documentary in cinematic 4K - combining aerial, on capture time-lapse, and nature photography to create a stunning picture of this Biosphere Reserve. Join us on this epic journey and it might change the way you think about the natural world, and our place in it.
Meeting Place: Opera House
Venue: Opera House

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

23T Star Gazing and Night Sky Presentation
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm | with Alan Dyer | By Donation
Activity Level: all
Astronomy author and astrophotographer Alan Dyer takes us on a tour of the wonders of the night sky, first in a talk indoors illustrated with his images and time-lapse movies of the sky, then followed by a stargazing session under WatertonÕs dark skies using the ParkÕs powerful reflector telescope, weather permitting.
Meeting Place: Falls Theatre
Venue: Falls Theatre

Sunday, September 24

6:00 am - 8:00 am

24A The Fall Rut
6:00 am - 8:00 am | with Dale Paton | $45.00
Activity Level: all
As many as 800 elk converge on Waterton each year for the fall rut. Don't miss this opportunity to see and hear these magnificent animals under the guidance of elk researcher, Dale Paton.
Meeting Place: Lions Hall
Venue: Field

8:30 am - 11:30 am

24C Ride the Redrock Parkway
8:30 am - 11:30 am | with Parks Canada | Free
Activity Level: easy to moderate
Celebrate Canada 150 with Ride the Red Rock. Bring your bicycle, bring a friend and ride the newly paved Red Rock Parkway with minimal vehical traffic. Bring your own potable water and snacks. Staff will be at the start of the ride and at Crandell Campground. Distance to Red Rock Canyon is 14 kilometres, 28 kilometres return. Rides are weather dependent, and will be run at Parks Canada's discretion based on the weather forecast on the Friday before the ride.
Meeting Place: Red Rock Canyon Parkway Entrance
Venue: Red Rock Canyon Parkway

8:30 am - 11:30 am

24D Wildlife Writing: Fact and fiction in the Southern Rockies
8:30 am - 11:30 am | with Jeff Doherty | $45.00
Activity Level: moderate
As long as humans have been observing wildlife, they have also been writing about the diet, mating rituals and habits of wildlife. As with all writing, the goal is to inform, persuade and invoke a sense of wonder. Join local freelance writer Jeff Doherty for a moderate half-day hike as we steep ourselves in notable passages - both fact and fiction - from well-known western Canadian authors including Sid Marty, Howard O'Hagan, Sharon Butala and Andy Russell.
Meeting Place: Lions Hall
Venue: Field

9:15 am - 12:15 pm

24E Advance Techniques for Wildlife Photography
9:15 am - 12:15 pm | with Joe Desjardins | $45.00
Activity Level: moderate
Joe Desjardins will share some advance techniques in the field to capture those amazing moments in the field, along with some advanced camera techniques. Joe will discuss composition and safety. Participants should have a good knowledge of their camera.
Meeting Place: Lions Hall
Venue: Field

9:30 am - 12:00 noon

24F Salamander 'Byway' Volunteer Event
9:30 am - 12:00 noon | with William Greene | Free
Registration open until September 15!
Activity Level: moderate
Be part of the salamander team! The salamander catch fences are in need of a little repair. Come spend a few hours and help maintain the thoroughfare to their habitat across the road. No cost, just come and join the brigade; learn a bit about the salamanders and give a hand in helping ensure their continued survival.
Meeting Place: Parks Canada Visitor Centre
Venue: Field

9:45 pm - 12:45 pm

24G A Walk with Charlie
9:45 pm - 12:45pm | with Charlie Russell | $55.00
Activity Level: moderate
An opportunity to spend time with renowned naturalist Charlie Russell; at home - bear country, in his element nature. Listen to his thoughts about man and nature - in the past, the present and future.
Meeting Place: Lions Hall
Venue: Field

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

24H Habitat sharing between cattle and native ungulates in a working landscape
11:00 am - 12:00 am | with Don Thompson | $15.00
Activity Level: all
Protected areas like Waterton Park provide excellent core habit for native ungulates such as elk, deer, bighorn sheep and bison. Private and crown land surrounding protected area can also provide excellent habitat for native ungulates and grazing by cattle can precondition vegetation so as to enhance its nutritional value for ungulates, especially elk.
Meeting Place: Opera House
Venue: Opera House

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

24J Alberta's Wild Bees
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm | with | Free (Sponsored by Waterton Lakes Opera House)
Activity Level: All
Alberta has over 300 wild bee species but most research and attention is focused on a handful of managed species. These wild bees face many of the same threats as managed bees, in addition to competition for food caused by the increasing presence of non-native, managed bees. More awareness of the diversity and conservation issues surrounding our native bees is needed. Land managers (and the general public) should be aware that non-native, managed bees can have a negative impact on our native pollinators.
Meeting Place: Opera House
Venue: Opera House

2:30 pm - 4:45 pm

24K Tea at the Hawk's Nest
2:30 pm - 4:45 pm | with Charlie Russell | $55.00
Activity Level: all
Partake in tea and pie while feeling like you have gone back in time as you sit in the historic Hawk's Nest Outfitter Cabin. Listen to your host, Charlie Russell, while he shows pictures and tells stories of his life. Charlie has spent his life in Waterton and is the grandson of Bert Riggall, the original Waterton outfitter.
Meeting Place: Lions Hall
Venue: Hawk's Nest

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

24N Photo Analysis
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | with Joe Desjardins | $25.00
Activity Level: all
"Friendly Photo Critique" - Joe encourages you to submit photos for some photo discussions. Any and all participants are encouraged to voice some constructive criticism to help advance your vision. Prior to the session you will receive a link to upload your photos (3 max).
Meeting Place: Lions Hall
Venue: Lions Hall

Meeting Place

Unless otherwise stated, meet your event leader at Lions Hall on Fountain Ave (new post office building) 20 minutes prior to the event start time.

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Contact

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1.877.780.1998
209 Fountain Ave PO Box 144
Waterton Park T0K 2M0
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