Alberta Exotic Plants Wiki
Click here for Posey’s Rogues: a gallery of exotic invasive and non-invasive plants of Alberta.
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Puzzling Pairs through the years:
Since 1988, the Alberta Native Plant Council newsletter IRIS has brought to the ANPC membership articles on all things native plant-related. Periodically, a series called “Puzzling Pairs” (or the occasional “Tricky Trio”) has been published to help the plant observer sort between similar species. Using the attached document as a guide, head over to the archived issues of IRIS for some help to differentiate sets of puzzling (or tricky) species.
Storymap for the Steward’s of Alberta’s Protected Areas Association (SAPAA) Our communications chair, Kristyn, has created an amazing storymap that highlights many ANPC stewardship sites, including Whitehorse Wildland Provincial Park. Please check out this link
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Rare Plant Profiles. Rare plants are an important part of Alberta’s biodiversity. They require special care because they exist in low numbers, live in restricted habitats, or may be threatened by such things as habitat destruction, invasive species, or climate change. The following rare plant profiles will focus on those plant species that are being watched or tracked in Alberta due to their sensitive nature. Read about Triantha occidentalis here.
Alberta’s Parks Will Remain Protected
On Tuesday, December 22, 2020, the Alberta government announced that it will not proceed with the “Optimizing Alberta Parks” plan to delist or close 175 parks. These parks will remain protected as parks.
Please click the link to find out more information: https://cpawsnab.org/alberta-parks-no-longer-to-be-delisted-or-closed/ In November 2020, the Alberta government published “Alberta’s Crown Land Vision” and invited Albertans to help shape the future funding and sustainable management of public land by completing a survey.
Please click the link to find out more information: https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-crown-land-vision.aspx
A brand new publication “Wildflowers of Whitehorse Wildland Provincial Park” is available through the Alberta Native Plant Council. This field guide includes detailed species descriptions, comparisons with visually similar plants, plus information on habitat and natural communities. Each species is identified by a common and scientific name, and thumbnail photos enable easy initial identification by colour.
For more details and ordering information click here.
May 2021 Update: The Rare Vascular Plants of Alberta book is in the process of being brought up to date with a second edition. See our “Rare Vascular Plants” page for the latest updates. Photographs of some species are still required. The photograph wish list (revised June 2021) and instructions for submission are detailed there as well.
The Draft Alberta Illustrated Keys, written by Linda Kershaw and Lorna Allen cover all native and naturalized vascular plants in Alberta. Taxonomy agrees with the VasCan database of October 2018 (Brouillet et. al. 2018). These are draft keys. Corrected and updated versions have been compiled into a publication, now available through Amazon.ca. The earlier draft keys will continue to be available here on the Draft 2019 Keys to Alberta Species page. The revised and updated versions have been compiled into a book, “Vascular Flora of Alberta: An Illustrated Guide,” which is available as a paperback or ebook through Amazon.ca. Lists of Errata and Enhancements for the 1st Printing (June 2020) are posted here. These changes are included in the 2nd Printing (November 2020). A new list of further Errata and Enhancements is posted here. These changes are included in the 3rd Printing and in the ebook (April 2021).
NatureLynx is a free citizen science app developed by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) to help Albertans learn about the biodiversity in their own backyard while contributing to various data collection efforts. Users can upload their own photos, recommend species identifications to others, and join existing Alberta-based citizen science projects. Users can also create and manage their own groups and missions on the app to collect sightings, and pursue questions, of particular interest to them!
One such mission aims to monitor the spring bloom of saskatoon (Amelanchier alnifolia). Elisabeth Beaubien of Alberta PlantWatch–a citizen science project that has tracked the annual bloom of plant species across the province since 1987. This spring, the partnership will continue to bloom, with another saskatoon mission taking place this May.
By hosting citizen science initiatives on NatureLynx helps make the data available to anyone with the click of a ‘download’ button. We encourage all plant enthusiasts to participate in this year’s SaskatoonWatch, and to consider future initiatives that may benefit from this new community of online naturalists.
For more information, please contact Jordan Bell, the ABMI’s Citizen Science Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org . To download their app see their website here.
Growing Native Plants in Alberta – Guidance for communities, schools, homeowners, as well as reclamation and restoration resources click on our link here or access the source list above.
Please watch for ANPC’s display tables, banners and pamphlets at professional, conservation and natural history, and community events around the province. Check out our “Outreach” page for events in the summer.
Our wonderful new handouts can be downloaded from our “Plant Publications” page.
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