Born from waste

Human Sprawl

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Human Sprawl

Human Sprawl explores humanity’s tendency to live in excess with personal consumption impacting biodiversity. Born from waste, these sculptures are created from thick kiln-cast slabs of tempered window glass destined for the landfill. The animals are then photographed in urban landscapes that have replaced their natural habitat with light shining through the glass creating eerie ghost-like memorial portraits. 

These sculptures are being held for exhibition in 2023 at the Leighton Art Centre. Several more sculptures based on Albertan plant life are soon to start production.

Whooping Crane

Entire wild population estimated at 344 individuals. Wetland degradation and loss may continue to pose threats. Conservation of migratory habitats and potential breeding habitats in Alberta required. Designated as “Endangered” under the Wildlife Act.

In residential areas, impervious, artificial surfaces such as paved roads, driveways, parking lots and rooftops disrupt natural habitats while increasing the runoff of pollutants into watersheds. source

Bull Trout

The official fish of Alberta, bull trout are native trout with the largest natural distribution of all trout in the province.

Over-harvesting of this species has led to a decline in population. Protection from angling may result in recovery, but that may be countered by habitat degradation, and competition from introduced species.

Bull trout are classified as Sensitive in the current General Status of Alberta Wild Species Bull trout are also classified as Threatened under Alberta's Wildlife Act protective regulations under this Act that apply to fish species are under development.

More information on Bull Trout

Swift Fox

In Canada, swift foxes are now found in only a small area of prairie grasslands in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. More than 70 per cent of Canada’s native prairie grasslands have been lost, and they are continuing to disappear. The protection of these grasslands is critical to the survival of the swift fox and other species that depend on this habitat.

The Swift Fox was extirpated, but populations surveyed in 2000-2001 tripled because of the re-introduction program. Ability to maintain population is uncertain, but recent census data is encouraging. Designated as “Endangered” under the Wildlife Act.

Alberta Government - species at risk

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SOAPWEED

Soapweed has a conservation status rank of Critically Imperiled, in Alberta and is listed as Endangered on the Alberta Wildlife Act Regulations and asThreatened under the federal Species at Risk Act. This is due to the limited number of occurrences and its mutual and co-dependent relationship with three endangered species of moths, the Yucca Moth, the Non-pollinating Yucca Moth, and the Five-spotted Bogus Yucca Moth. As the only host for these moths, soapweed has a unique obligate, mutualistic relationship with its only pollinator, the Yucca Moth. Soapweed will only produce seeds if pollinated by the Yucca Moth and the moth larvae will only feed on yucca seeds.

coming soon

Whitebark Pine/Limber Pine

This long-lived, five-needled pine is restricted in Canada to high elevations in the mountains of British Columbia and Alberta. White Pine Blister Rust alone is projected to cause a decline of more than 50% over a 100 year time period. The effects of Mountain Pine Beetle, climate change, and fire exclusion will increase the decline rate further. Likely, none of the causes of decline can be reversed. The lack of potential for rescue effect, life history traits such as delayed age at maturity, low dispersal rate, and reliance on dispersal agents all contribute to placing this species at high risk of extirpation in Canada.