GFM Network News


Warning issued about coyote parasite

Reading Time: < 1 minute A disease expert is warning rural Albertans to take precautions in order to avoid a parasite commonly carried by coyotes, reports the e-newsletter from Alberta Beef Producers.  The tapeworm doesn’t seem to affect coyotes but its feces contain the parasite’s eggs and when rodents ingest some of the droppings, they develop a growth on their […] Read more



The first-born is soon joined by its sisters and brothers (see further down), all with impressively large claws.

A bird’s-eye view of majestic raptors

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you’re on the internet and looking around for something to interest the kids, why not check out Alberta Conservation Association’s ferruginous hawk cam? The ferruginous hawks, which live on nesting platforms in the Milk River area, have been on camera since 2018 and viewers have seen some cool things, such as parents feeding the […] Read more

A large male wild boar — which can top 600 pounds — in a rare daytime photo. They tend to be nocturnal.

Albertans urged to squeal on wild pigs

Reading Time: < 1 minute Anyone spotting wild boars is asked to report the sighting to the Alberta Invasive Species Council, which has launched a campaign called Squeal on Pigs. Anyone who sees the wild pigs or comes across damage they have caused is urged to either call 310-FARM, email [email protected], or use the EDDMaps app (Early Detection and Distribution […] Read more


Scott and Elan Lees and their ranch managers have undertaken a host of stewardship efforts at Soderglen Ranches South.

Award-winning ranch builds conservation into its business plan

Soderglen Ranches South recognized for its environmental efforts with top stewardship award

Reading Time: 3 minutes Good stewardship is good business, say the winners of the 2021 Alberta Beef Producers Environmental Stewardship Award. “Environmental stewardship is simply a way of protecting the environment and our investment at the same time,” Elan Lees, business manager of Soderglen Ranches South, said in an email interview. “If we do it right, we may be […] Read more

A Halictus bee on an aster. This is an example of the native bees that live in Alberta and thrive on diverse plant species.

Native pollinators want to be your buddies

Some simple things can make your land more attractive to pollinators

Reading Time: 4 minutes There’s no denying that native pollinators are important — and there are things you can do to encourage these keystone species to come live on your land. Native pollinators are critical for forages and crops, agroforestry specialist Luke Wonneck said during a recent Foothills Forage and Grazing Association webinar. “Pollination is plant sex. Because plants […] Read more


How do you view hunting on your farm or ranch?

How do you view hunting on your farm or ranch?

Conservation groups seeking view of rural landowners on allowing hunters on their property

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Alberta Conservation Association wants to find out the views of rural landowners when it comes to allowing hunters on their land. While hunters can and do cause problems for farmers and ranchers, many welcome them and the role they play in wildlife management, the association said in a release. “No matter what perspective you […] Read more

Native grass prairies and sunset

Grasslands Conservation Guide available

Reading Time: < 1 minute Birds Canada has produced a 69-page guide to help landowners learn more about financial incentive programs available to preserve, enhance, or restore grasslands and important prairie habitats. The guide outlines available programs, including ones available in Alberta. Some offer funding for projects while others offer assistance in protecting habitat and species that rely on grasslands. […] Read more



Parasites in coyotes and foxes a threat to people, researchers find

Parasites in coyotes and foxes a threat to people, researchers find

Tapeworm common in Europe is now widespread in Alberta and is a serious health threat

Reading Time: 2 minutes A tiny tapeworm that can make people seriously ill is now common in wildlife throughout Alberta, researchers at the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine have found. The parasitic tapeworm called echinococcus multilocularis (E. multilocularis) is common in Europe and was first detected in wildlife in Western Canada in 2012. A year later, the […] Read more