Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference
Calgary, Alberta
February 21-23, 2023

Pre Conference Activities

Mix & Mingle and Art Show

A Pre-Conference Mix and Mingle event will take place on Tuesday, Feb 21st  in the Calgary Zoo Conservatory. This prairie and grassland themed art show will feature local artists with a variety of art modalities that showcase the unique features of the northern great plains. All conference participants are invited to come, grab a cocktail or mocktail, enjoy scrumptious hors d'oeuvres, and view pieces of beautiful local art while having the chance to network with other  conference participants.

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Date:Tuesday, February 21st, 2023

Location: Calgary Zoo Conservatory (follow signs for private event)

Time: 7pm doors open. Cash Bar. 

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Dr. Branimir Gjetvaj

Cindy Bouwers

Colin Starkevich

Darby Havrelock

Jennifer L Mohr

Johane Janelle

Josie Jensen

Kamala and Kyle Photography

Lyndon Norman

Renee Gould

Robyn Anderson

Wes Olsen


Other Pre-Conference Activities

PCESC is pleased to offer the following activities in addition to the conference. To register for these activites, visit your Pheedloop App and add the activity to your schedule. Please note that pre-registration is required for all pre-conference activities. Payment can be made on February 21st in cash.

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Prairie Pollinators with the ANBC

Join the Alberta Native Bee Council (ANBC) for a fascinating 2-hour workshop exploring everything bees and pollinators with a focus on those found in Alberta. Other topics to be covered include what ANBC is doing to help bees and what we can to help ensure their continued presence in our ecosystems.

Location: Safari Lodge A

Time: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Participant limit: 30

Cost: Free


Communication Keys

This hands-on workshop will help build skills to improve your science communication and presentation skills, enhanced with some creative flair! Topics to be discussed include impromptu speaking, science communication to both a technical and non technical audience, and media communication techniques.  Join Andrea Hanson (Olds College) and Sean Feagan (Nature Conservancy of Canada) for this informative, interactive and fun skill building session!

Location: Safari Lodge B

Time: 2:30PM- 4:30PM

Participant Limit: 30

Cost: Free


Prairie Invertebrates 

This workshop explores some of the insects that can be found within prairie ecosystems. Ken Fry, Ph.D (Olds College) will speak on ecological roles of insects on the prairies, beneficial insects ( predators, parasitoids), decomposers, as well as common herbivores of native plants. Specimens for examination will also be provided!

Location: Enmax Conservatory Classroom

Time: 2:00 PM-5:00 PM

Participant Limit: 20

Cost: $25


Calgary Zoo Guided Tours

Want to learn more about your favourite animals? Or have a topic you are interested in? Education guides can tour you through the zoo whilst sharing stories and in-depth knowledge along the way.

Location: Meet at Safari Lodge-registration desk

Time: 3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Cost: $10.00