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 – update July 2020. (Download the Excel spreadsheet )
Call for Volunteer – Board of Director’s Position
If you are passionate about native plants, ecosystems and their long-term sustainability and have experience coordinating people and projects, then the Alberta Native Plant Council (ANPC) Society’s Board of Directors wants you!
We are looking to fill the following Board position:
– Vice-president (1-year term)
For more information on this position, see our “Volunteer” page or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
“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.
ANPC Endorses the Defend Alberta Parks Campaign
The Alberta Native Plant Council Society (ANPC) is concerned by the Government of Alberta’s plan to close or transfer ownership of 175 parks from the Alberta Parks system, resulting in changes to their management and level of provincial protection. The intended change in status for 164 of these parks would result in the loss of provincial protection and put the onus on local governments or organizations to protect and manage the land in perpetuity. Closure of parks, park infrastructure and/or maintenance reduces the accessibility and educational opportunities provided by parks.
The ANPC Society feels that educating the public on how this decision will affect the management of these 175 areas in Alberta is important, and as such are lending their voice in support of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS’) and Alberta Environmental Network’s (AEN’s), DefendAlbertaParks.ca campaign
For more complete information click here
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).
March 2020 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 (March 2020). Photographs of many species are still required. The photograph wish list (revised March 2020) and instructions for submission.
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 email@example.com . 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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