Living in the Natural Environment

Living in the Natural Environment brings together 100 to 150 members of the rural and small urban community, government, and non-agricultural rural residents together to initiate discussion. Presentation topics are intended to be thought provoking, interesting, relevant to the surrounding landscape and the people that live there.

This event will take place on February 2, 2024 at the Cochrane RancheHouse. Tickets can be purchased between November 27, 2023 and January 24, 2024 at the MD office in Exshaw or online at

Presentations for the 2024 event will cover traditional indigenous fire keeper practices and information on invasive wild boar. Click on the poster below for more information.

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Past Event Topics


  • Wildfire Effects on Eastern Slopes Watersheds: Source Water Protection in a Warmer World
  • Wildfire Risk Reduction Strategies

2022 - Cancelled 

2021 - Cancelled 


  • Fire, Ecosystem Health & You
  • The 21st Century's Canaries in the Coal Mine: Case Study of Tree Swallows in Central Alberta


  • The Wild Foods of the Forest Floor
  • Presenter Panel: Bison Reintroduction into Banff National Park


  • Wild Bee Diversity in Alberta
  • Sharing the Range: Carnivores and Communities in Southwestern Alberta


  • Climate Change and Forest Change: The Impacts on Our Waters
  • Beavers In Our Landscape


  • The Importance of Connected Landscapes in Alberta's Eastern Slopes
  • Between Rock and Hard Places: Wolverines in Multi-use Landscapes of Alberta


  • The Flood, Land Uses, and Landscapes of the Upper Bow River Basin: Causes, Consequences, and Risk Mitigation
  • Biology and Conservation of Alberta Bats


  • Feral Horse Ecology within Alberta's Eastern Slopes
  • Being Aware of What Is Around You


  • High Stakes: Food and Farming
  • The Zen of Fish and Watersheds


  • Bringing Back the Bison
  • All Things Fungal: The Dirt on Mushrooms


  • Urbanization and Loss of Prime Agricultural Land: It's Not Just a Rural Issue
  • Owls, Owlers and Owling: The Silent Predator and Our Obsession with Them


  • Climate Change and the Implications for Southern Alberta
  • Counting Grizzly Bears in Alberta: Too Many or Not Enough