Alberta Exotic Plants Wiki
Click here for Posey’s Rogues: a gallery of exotic invasive and non-invasive plants of Alberta.
**Plans are in the works for our Botany Alberta 2021. We will be planning visit Clyde Fen and Holmes Crossing/ Assiniboine, the weekend of August 6th-8th. As with former years, we will be hosting a meet and greet on Friday, with hikes on Saturday and Sunday. We would like to stress that although we are planning the weekend, there may be last minute changes or cancellations depending on Covid19 restrictions at that time. Save the date and more details will be coming.
Our Annual Workshop “Northern Native Plants and Ecosystems” was a great success! Thanks so much to all of our great attendees and volunteers!
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. The Alberta Government Coal Policy Engagement Survey is open now: https://www.alberta.ca/coal-policy-engagement.aspx
The deadline for completion is April 19 2021
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 that started in January has now been posted.
|Featured Native Plant|
|Yucca glauca (soapwort)
See more rare plant profiles here
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 Yucca glauca 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 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).
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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