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Launched in April 2017, Call of the Wetland challenged Calgarians to regularly monitor 52 urban wetlands for amphibians as an indicator of wetland health. After three seasons, data collection ended in August 2019. A Story Map was created on ArcGIS Online to tell the story of Call of the Wetland and show initial results. Use the maps with your students to discover amphibians in Calgary's wetlands and the locations they have been spotted. 

This data will be used to inform land development and management decisions. 

Stay tuned for more results to be added about the environmental conditions in Calgary's wetlands. 

Rural Routes to Climate Solutions is an organization dedicated to reducing agriculture's carbon footprint. Check out the podcasts to learn about innovations in agriculture to improve the health of the environment. 

The Google Earth timelapse takes you around the world, looking at changes such as glacier retreat, coastal expansion, deforestation, mining, and urban growth. 

ClimateData.ca is a climate data portal produced collaboratively by the country’s leading climate organizations and supported, in part, by the Government of Canada. The goal of this portal is to provide the most up to date climate data in easy to use formats and visualizations.

The City of Edmonton's Actions for Change initiative has a list of 30+ actions that individuals can take to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. The actions are rated from low to high impact. There are also actions submitted by individuals. A potential class activity can be rating the impact of submitted actions. 

The City of Calgary has a list of 40 actions you can take to help limit climate change

The Kimberley Foundation shares climate change films made by students in Grade 7-12 and postsecondary from their FOCUS! Climate Change Student Video Competition. These films are publicly accessible in the form of a student produced climate change film library on their website. Canadian youth have produced a fantastic diversity of thought provoking films about climate change. Their creations range from haunting pieces that leave your mind racing, to informative investigations that raise awareness, and to change-focused films that inspire action.

The Basement and Home Energy Efficiency Guide provides great tips to help make your home, workplace, or school more energy efficient. The page includes the biggest culprits of energy waste, tips for locating the source of energy-waste issues, and how to lower your bills while reducing your footprint.

Bumble Bee Watch is a citizen science app that anyone can use to take pictures of bumble bees to help contribute to bumble bee science. The pictures are automatically accompanied by information about time and location, are then identified by bee experts. The images become part of a scientific library of information about what species of bees, and roughly how many, are found in different places — including many that scientists can’t easily get to — at various times of the year.
 

By using the app, you can help scientists learn where to find and protect rare bee species, what kinds of plants different bees are using for food at different times of year, and whether some bee species are declining with time and factors such as climate change.

The Alberta Irrigation Districts Association provides an online data tool to see the water quality of all irrigation districts. Students can look at and compare data from 2011 to present. 

The Healthy Rivers Story Map is an interactive website that allows you to connect with and learn about Calgary’s watersheds, rivers and riparian areas, and explore actions you can take to protect the health of our rivers.

Some highlights include:

  • Information about the health of Calgary’s rivers, and ongoing monitoring activities
  • An interactive tool to learn about your local Calgary watershed
  • A map showcasing various City and community restoration and bioengineering projects
  • Volunteer and stewardship notice board, for citizens to find ways to get involved in their watershed