The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s National Bike for Wildlife put pedal to pavement last week in Victoria, BC and in just over a week will be coming through Alberta.
CWF Athletic Ambassador Angella Goran began her 6,000 kilometre cycle across Canada from Victoria on her way to Halifax, raising awareness about wildlife conservation and the importance of getting outdoors to connect with nature. She’ll visit schools and community centres along the way, and use social media to update her progress.
“Being outside can inspire all of us,” Goran says. “Whether your passion is cycling, walking, swimming or bird-watching, experiencing our natural world is an incredible opportunity as well as a gift."
The Bike for Wildlife will be stopping in six Alberta towns starting September 3rd. At each stop, Angella will be joining in on a variety of community activities from conservation presentations to the local Dinosaur Valley Half Marathon and more.
The goal at CWF remains the same: encouraging Canadians to get outside and raise awareness for wildlife conservation programs. For a full list of event ride stops in Alberta, see the schedule below.
CWF's Bike for Wildlife will highlight how the organization has been connecting Canadians to nature and making a difference to at-risk wildlife. CWF is urging Canadians to explore all that nature has to offer and take this unique opportunity to make a connection with the great outdoors in your own communities. For more information about how get involved, visit bikeforwildlife.ca or contact CWF at 1-800-563-9453.
CWF’s Bike for Wildlife Event Stops in Alberta
September 3: Lake Louise, AB
Photo op at Lake Louise upon arrival
Stopping by The Beaver Bar Community Bingo Night
September 4: Canmore, AB
Visiting Elevation Place
Touring the Cross Zee Ranch
Starting from the Canmore Nordic Centre
September 6: Calgary, AB
Visiting 2 local area schools
Stopping by the reconstruction of The Calgary Zoo
Tour of the BOH Habitat Station
All day (contact CWF for details)
September 7: Drumheller, AB
Stopping by the Royal Tyrrell Museum
From 5pm onwards
September 8: Drumheller, AB
Saying hello to Dinosaur Valley Half Marathon Participants
Badlands Community Facility
September 9: Medicine Hat, AB
Stopping at the Saamis Tepee
Participating in Grassland Wildlife Observation
Angella Goran is available for interviews the morning of each event location. Please contact Stephanie Poff at 613.868.0288 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
CWF has recently supported endangered species in Alberta, please contact CWF for more details on the:
- Bighorn Sheep - The University of Calgary investigating Johne’s disease in bighorn sheep in southwestern Alberta
- Northern Leopard Frog - The Calgary Zoo assisting with research of at-risk populations of the Northern Leopard Frog
- Arctic Grayling - University of Alberta studying Arctic Grayling diversity in a fragmented landscape
- Urban Coyotes - University of Alberta studying mange and conflict behaviour in urban coyotes
- Impacts of Oil Sands - Keyano College, Fort McMurray studying the impacts of oil sands mining on amphibian health in the boreal forest
- Grizzly Bears - University of Alberta studying the ecology and behaviour of Grizzly Bears in response to open-pit mining; implications and conservation
- Salmon - University of Alberta, studies to measure the effects of disease and chemical contaminants of salmon with respect to impacted species and sites.
Joining Angella on her journey will be CWF’s generous Bike for Wildlife sponsors:
Burnbrae Farms Limited Burnbrae Farms Limited is a family owned and operated company that has been producing eggs and egg products for over 70 years. The company has egg grading, breaking, and farming operations across Canada and markets such brands as Naturegg Omega 3 and Simply Egg Whites. Burnbrae Farms, as the lead sponsor, is powering the ride with protein to help CWF encourage youth to lead healthy, active lifestyles. For more information visit burnbraefarms.com
Johnson Inc. is a leading provider of home, auto and travel insurance. In addition to sponsoring this initiative, Johnson Inc is helping ensure that Angella is personally supported by providing travel coverage through MEDOC travel insurance. During her journey, Johnson will share with youth the importance of proper bike safety.
Just Green Lifestyle provides carbon offset products that give Canadians of all backgrounds the opportunity to offset their own household carbon emissions. They will support CWF in ensuring that the bike ride is carbon-neutral.
ESKA Waters is the water sponsor for the ride, and is contributing resources to help children learn the importance of re-using and recycling water bottles.
Sportstats is a leading provider of software to support athletic events, and in addition to their sponsorship they will assist CWF in spreading the word about the ride among Canada’s athletic and cycling communities.
Primo Trailer Sales is providing CWF with a support vehicle to ensure that Angella and her team remains safe and healthy during her journey from coast to coast.
About the Canadian Wildlife Federation:
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national non-profit charitable organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, developing and delivering educational programs, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending policy changes and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information, visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.
For more information please contact:
Stephanie Poff Jerika Bradford
Communications Officer Public Relations Officer
Canadian Wildlife Federation Canadian Wildlife Federation
613-868-0288 613-599-9594 x219