Alberta Exotic Plants Wiki
Click here for Posey’s Rogues: a gallery of exotic invasive and non-invasive plants of Alberta.
Learn where you can buy native seeds and plants – updated July 2020.(The Excel spreadsheet will be downloaded to the “Downloads” folder on your computer)
Save the Date! ANPC will be hosting their Annual Workshop online, Saturday, March 20, 2021. The theme of the workshop is “Northern Native Plants and Ecosystems”. More details will be coming in January 2021 – please keep checking back with us. Registration is now open! Click here for the details and a poster is available here.
Alberta Coal Policy Development Engagement: Albertans have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the province’s approach to coal development. Public consultation begins March 29. Sign up to get updates: https://www.alberta.ca/coal-policy-development-engagement.aspx
2020-2021 Plant Study Group Webinars. Although we will not be able to meet in person this fall and winter for Plant Study Groups, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting an online Webinar Series. Please see our “Plant Study Groups” page for more information and registration. The new winter series starting in January has now been posted.
2021 ANPC Small Grants Program:
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 Limber pine 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.
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. Please check them out on the 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 through Amazon.ca. Lists of Errata and Enhancements for the 1st Printing (June 2020) are posted here. These changes have now been incorporated into the book, and are included in the 2nd Printing (November 2020).
February 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 February 2021) and instructions for submission are detailed there as well.
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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