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Wildlife movement project

Waterton Lakes National Park scientists are gathering information on wildlife movement around the perimeter of the Waterton Park community and between the Waterton and Akamina valleys.

A grizzly bear on a trail Wildlife corridors are important for maintaining wildlife populations
© Parks Canada

Wildlife corridors are important for maintaining wildlife populations. Wildlife movement through corridors in this area may be affected by natural and human features such as the canyon above Cameron Falls and the Visitor Reception Centre.

The goal of this five-year project is to provide information to aid in making decisions regarding wildlife movement through this area. The focus will be on cougars, bears, deer, elk and bighorn sheep.

A variety of information sources will be used, including remote cameras. These cameras are used for tracking wildlife movement. Public notices will be posted at trail heads and other areas where cameras are deployed. Cameras will not be located within the core of the community.

Concerned about your privacy? So are we. Images of people will be classified by the number of people and type of use, and then deleted. However, images that show illegal activities that may have serious impacts on wildlife, or put the safety of visitors at risk may be used for law enforcement purposes.

This project is part of the Waterton Lakes National Park Conservation and Restoration Program.

Help us locate new Red Chairs in Waterton!

Parks Canada is looking for your suggestions for where to place eight pairs of red Adirondack chairs in Waterton Lakes National Park.

The Red Chairs Experience invites people to sit and enjoy scenic views or to relax and take in all of the sights, sounds and smells that make Waterton unique.

Guidelines for choosing locations for the Red Chairs:

Parka with the Waterton Red Chairs Help us locate the new Red Chairs in Waterton © Parks Canada
  1. Is there a direct visual connection to Waterton Lakes National Park?
  2. Suggest sites with a new perspective that provide opportunities to experience new places or vantage points. Choose scenic, spectacular, or "lesser known" spots. They should stimulate a "surprise and delight" reaction for visitors.
  3. Is it memorable and worth sharing? Can you visualize which images will show up on a visitor’s Facebook or Instagram page? How will it be described in a 140-character tweet?
  4. Does it feel unique and authentic?
  5. Is it accessible for those with a moderate sense of adventure?

Parks Canada will determine the best locations for the eight pairs of Red Chairs based on your suggestions and the following criteria:

  • Scenic values
  • Opportunities for quiet reflection
  • Visitor safety
  • Impact on natural or cultural heritage
  • Public accessibility
  • Security from vandalism or theft

To submit your suggestions (by April 30, 2015):

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