Alberta Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy

Current Events and Meetings

Quarterly Meeting

January 23, 2018, 7-9 PM

Petland South Park - 3803 Calgary Trail, Edmonton, AB

Featured Speaker - Ian Kanda RVT

International AARC member Ian Kanda reports on pursuing his career in exotic animal medicine in Oklahoma. Interesting cases will be discussed from wildlife to personally owned pet reptiles. Oklahoma is the state with the third highest herpetofauna diversity in the United States and Canada, following only Texas and Florida. Field herping in this often overlooked state will also be highlighted, as will be some tails of culture shock, and future projects.

Past Events

Telus World of Science Edmonton

Saturday Sept 16, 2017, 10 AM - 4 PM

11211 142 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5M 4A1

AARC will be presenting about native Albertan Reptiles and Amphibians at the Telus World of Science Edmonton. The special exhibit is The Science of Pixar

John Janzen Nature Centre

Sunday Sept 24 2017, 10 AM - 6 PM

Free Admission Day

7000 143 St., Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7

AARC will be presenting at Free Admission Day at the John Janzen Nature Centre. This is a free, family-friendly event, and there will be lots of activities and presentations through out the day

Wagner Natural Area Toad Walk:

Aug 26, 2017, 9:30 PM - 12 AM

Location: Wagner Natural Area 26519 Highway 16, Spruce Grove, Alberta T7X 3L4

Description: We will be leading members on an evening walk through the Wagner Bog. We will be searching for Boreal Toads. The best chance to see adults is after sunset hence the late start time (9:30 PM- midnight). I can pretty much guarantee we will see toads!

The Alberta Lepidopterists' Guild will also be there looking for moths, in case you are interested in seeing how that works.

Please meet at the parking lot (facing the Yellowhead)

Remember that we are a conservation group, so we take only pictures, NOT specimens on our field trips (not to mention, it is not legal to keep boreal toads as pets in Alberta).

Make sure that any herping gear that you have used elsewhere (boots, etc) is disinfected (diluted bleach solution and then rinsed) to prevent transmission of chytrid and ranavirus. Bring flashlights, bug spray, cameras etc.

Please let us know if you are coming, so that we know how many people we are waiting for.

Group Photo

Western/Boreal Toad

Western/Boreal Toad

Wood Frog

The event was a great success! We saw at least sixteen Western/Boreal Toads and at least one wood frog. We would like to thank everyone for their help in this event as well thank you everyone who participated. Hope to see you again soon!

Annual General Meeting

Will be held May 30, 2017

Annual elections and budget review, recap of the IMPARA trip, and screening of David Attenborough's "Fabulous Frogs"

Edmonton Reptile and Amphibian Society (ERAS) Spring Show

AARC will be hosting a booth at the Spring ERAS Show. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about native Alberta herptile species, as well as tell you about exciting upcoming events and projects we are participating in. We will also be selling used books for $1 each to raise money for Alberta reptile and amphibian conservation. Please feel welcome to bring clean, gently used books to donate to our sale.

Italian Cultural Centre
14230-133 Ave
Edmonton, Alberta

Saturday May 6: 10am - 5pm
Sunday May 7: 11am - 4pm

Adults: $6
Teens (13-17): $5
Kids (4-12): $4
Kids under 4: Free
ERAS Members: Free

Spring Clean up at the Wagner Natural Area

The Wagner Natural Area is an amazing little area of land just west of Edmonton! If you have a chance May 6 they are having their annual spring cleanup. Also check out their other events to get a tour of the area and the local inhabitants.

Please meet in the parking lot between 9:30 and 10:00am for task assignments. Coffee and juice will be provided in the parking lot from 9:15 to 10:00am.

Dress for the weather, and bring work gloves and water.
Refreshments and snacks will be provided in the picnic shelter between 11:30am and 1:00pm.
Please RSVP to so we know how many people to expect.

Generally the clean-up involves picking up trash along the approach road from Atim Road to parking lot; picking up wind-blown trash in the Atim and Villeneuve fields; clearing deadfall and trash along the Marl Pond Trail; cleaning the toilets/biffies/privies; cleaning up the picnic shelter; other tasks to be determined (in past years we have painted over graffiti, hauled tires and wire out of ditches)

Wagner Natural Area Events

Quarterly Meeting

Feb 28, 2017 at 7:00PM - 8:30PM at Idylwyld Public Library - 8310 88 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

Our featured speaker will by Brian Eaton, who will discuss the Herpatofauna of Alberta BioBank Project. The objective of this project is to develop a bank of amphibian and reptile tissue collected from Alberta that can be used in future research (genetic, disease, contaminant/toxicology). If there is extra time, we will discuss artificial hibernaculum construction for garter snakes.

Environmental Gallery at the Telus World of Science Edmonton

Time : Febuary 18, 2017 at 9 AM - 8 PM - Environmental Gallery at the Telus World of Science Edmonton.

Alberta Amphibian and Reptile Conservacy will be presenting at the Environmental Gallery at the Telus World of Science Edmonton. Stop by and learn about Alberta's native reptiles and amphibians!

Free Admission Day at the John Janzen Nature Centre

Sunday September 25, the facility open 10am-6pm

AARC will be participating/presenting at Free Admission Day at the John Janzen Nature Centre.

Edmonton Reptile and Ampbian Society (ERAS) Spring Show

Saturday May 28, 2016 at 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday May 29 at 11 AM - 4 PM

Edmonton Reptile and Ampbian Society (ERAS) Spring Show, May 28-29: AARC will have a booth at ERAS's Spring show at the Italian Cultural Centre (14230-133 Ave NW). We will be selling used books to raise money for amphibian and reptile conservation. If you wish to donate books, please see the Contact Us link and send us a message.

Wagner Bog Spring Clean-Up

May 14, 2016 - Day Event

Wagner Bog Spring Clean-Up, May 14, 2016: AARC will be participating in the Wagner Bog Spring Clean up. Bring clean rubber boots, gloves and your love for the environment. Directions: Wagner Natural Area is approximately 1.6 km west of the junction of Yellowhead Highway 16 and Highway 44.Turn south on to Atim Road (Rge. Rd. 270), then east on to the service road. Follow the service road east to the gravel parking area and the entrance gate to the Natural Area.

Annual General Meeting

April 26, 2016 at 7 PM

We are holding our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday April 26th at 7 PM at Western Drug Distribution Centre (WDDC) - 17611 109A Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5S 2W4. Kris Kendell will do a presentation about Amphibian Conservation. We will also hold nominations and elections for President, Secretary-Treasurer (or Secreatary and Treasurer if we have enough interest), Conservation Coordinator, Education Coordinator, and Members at Large. We will present the annual budget for 2016, and nominate auditors.