Wilder Institute to launch biodiversity festival

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A new festival to celebrate Alberta’s ecosystem has been announced by the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo.

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In partnership with Alberta Environment and Parks and the Bow Habitat Station, the institute is launching the Alberta Biodiversity festival to take place May 13-15.

The three-day event will feature various stations and events at both the Calgary Zoo and the Bow Habitat Station, and participants will be invited to visit them all.

Take part in a family-friendly dance challenge at the greater sage-grouse dance-off,  try your hand at pond dipping or fish stocking, and go on a mini-trek to find five pollinator-friendly plants in the zoo’s gardens.

Local artists will be giving demonstrations at the zoo, and a new art piece will be unveiled by Tsuut’ina Dèné artist Nathan Meguinis.

“We’re excited to host the first-ever Alberta Biodiversity Festival,” said Laura Glick, manager of conservation education at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. “It’s so important for Albertans to not only learn about the rich biodiversity of our province but also to truly feel connected with the landscape and wildlife that surround us.

“This festival is a chance for everyone to learn about the importance of biodiversity and the many challenges that wildlife in Canada face and become inspired to take action to help save these animals from extinction.”

All events are included in the regular prices of admission to both the zoo and the Bow Habitat Station. Zoo members can get 50 per cent off the price of admission to the Bow Habitat Station from May 17-31.

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