How We Do It
WildSmart Community Program
The WildSmart program is a proactive conservation strategy that encourages efforts by Bow Valley communities to reduce negative human-wildlife interactions. WildSmart leads diverse Education and Outreach efforts to raise public awareness and empower citizens to coexist safely with wildlife. We also train enthusiastic volunteers to share their knowledge with their peers by becoming Wildlife Ambassadors, and we undertake Attractant Management to help keep wild animals out of areas heavily used by people. We maintain real-time resources on our website, such as the Bear Report and Trail Closures and Warnings, as well a variety of information guides about how you can keep yourself and wildlife safe in the Bow Valley.
Bow Valley Shift
The Shift program empowers Bow Valley residents and businesses to take action on climate change by reducing their energy emissions, waste production, and water use. We organize community-based projects and participatory public workshops on topics such as renewable energy and energy efficiency, alternative transportation, and composting. We also produce a monthly newsletter with tips to reduce your carbon footprint. Shift publishes a number of other printed and online resources for businesses and residents describing energy, waste, and water facts, our local context, and how to take action.
Canmore Community Monitoring
Since 1999, we have monitored trends in the Town of Canmore’s demographics, economy, social fabric, and environmental sustainability. We publish the results bi-annually in the Canmore Community Monitoring Report. The Canmore Community Monitoring Report helps guide municipal decision-making, facilitates early detection of risks to community health, and tracks Canmore’s progress towards its vision. The most recent edition of the Canmore Community Monitoring Report was published in 2016, and the next Report will come out at the end of 2019.
We are a community resource centre that provides easy access to research studies, technical reports, and other conservation documents. Our library provides land managers, elected representatives, business leaders and the public with the best available resources to understand our history and to inform our decisions about the future. Over 2,300 hard-copy references are available for viewing and borrowing at the Biosphere Institute office in downtown Canmore. We also have equipment available for public loan for home energy efficiency monitoring, wildlife attractant management and removal, and aquatic restoration.