Recent Notices:

from Public Pastures - Public Interest...

Grasslands are the most endangered, the most altered and yet the least protected ecosystem on the planet. They contain more Species at Risk than any other region of the country.

The Community Pastures in Saskatchewan contain some of the largest, best managed and biodiverse rich blocks of remaining native grasslands in North America. A conservation network will not only protect our grasslands but support Canada's biodiversity Target 1 to protect 17% of all terrestrial areas and inland water.

As a result of recent developments in Ottawa and in the national media, PPPI has launched an official parliamentary petition to Hon. Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, calling on her to work with livestock producers, First Nations and Métis organizations, local committees and conservation organizations to create a multi-use prairie conservation network on all former PFRA Community Pastures.

Please fill out and share this petition with others before July 6th when it closes. Already it is garnering support across Canada - they need 500 signatures in order for final certification.

https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-927

Good News for Castle Wilderness Parks....but...

Update - please note:
Valuable feedback has been received, as such, Alberta Parks has developed a revised draft Management Plan to address some of the concerns and suggestions that have been shared. The draft plan sets out objectives and strategies for management of the parks over a 10-year period.

The consultation period has now been extended for an additional 30-days until April 19th, 2017 and a new survey has been created to gather feedback on this revised draft plan.

https://talkaep.alberta.ca/CastleManagementPlan/survey_tools/CMPSurvey-N
Long overdue protection for the Castle Wilderness Parks was passed by a Provincial Government Order-in-Council on January 19, 2017. Provincial Park boundaries were extended and all illegal OHV trails will be closed immediately and the rest phased out.
The Castle Wilderness contains unusually high animal and plant species diversity and is an essential headwaters area for the Oldman River basin. The Castle also contains critical habitat for threatened westslope cutthroat trout, and is recognized as core grizzly bear habitat. https://albertawilderness.ca/news-release-long-overdue-protection-castle-wilderness/

Some interesting background on the fight for this tremendous achievement for Alberta:
http://calgaryherald.com/opinion/columnists/legault-perseverance-pays-off-with-protection-of-wild-places

It seems OHV retailers and users in Alberta are making a concerted effort to derail this management plan by flooding MLAs and Ministers with calls and correspondence. They claim there is no scientific basis for banning off-road motorized use.
In truth, not one scientific paper has been found that says OHV use is consistent with biodiversity or watershed protection.

If the protection of the Castle is important to you, please call, or email, your MLA and Minister Shannon Phillips (AEP.Minister@gov.ab.ca) supporting their decision to enhance protection of, and banning OHV use in, the Castle.

This is an excellent article debunking the myths of OHV use:
https://donmeredith.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/myths-about-off-highway-vehicle-use

Native Prairie - Manage it Today to Appreciate it Tomorrow

A workbook developed by ANPC's affiliate Prairie Conservation Action Committee and partners contains information and exercises on range health, range management, species at risk, invasive species and riparian areas. Available to all at http://www.pcap-sk.org/rsu_docs/documents/107210-PCAP-WORKBOOK_final-web.pdf. PCAP requests all users notify them at pcap@sasktel.net for their internal reporting purposes.

Common Wetlands Plants of the Edmonton Area brochure

Available from ENPG for $2.00 and from the Wildbird General Store, 4712 99 St.

A list of common, sedges, grasses and rushes of the Edmonton area.

Graminoids.pdf
click to download

Recommended Reading - a book review by Patsy Cotterill

Nature in Fragments .pdf
click to download
Butterfly ID - The Edmonton and Area Land Trust has released a Butterfly Identification Guide to help visitors to EALT Conservation Lands identify common butterflies on their properties. 
This brochure aims to spark interest in butterfly species and conservation and outlines how you can help protect important butterfly habitat and where you can learn more.
The free brochure is available on the EALT website:  Butterfly_ID_Guide.pdf
New free e-book!
Common Coulee Plants of Southern Alberta
John Bain, University of Lethbridge biology professor, and June Flanagan, Lethbridge botanist, author and photographer, teamed up to revise Job Kuijt’s popular guide to some of our most beautiful and interesting native prairie plants in this new full colour electronic edition.
Download your free copy and discover what’s blooming in southern Alberta this season!
Free download is made available by the University of Lethbridge Herbarium courtesy of the University of Lethbridge Library www.uleth.ca/dspace/handle/10133/3376

Wildflowers of Edmonton brochure

Common Wildflowers of the Edmonton Area.

Available for $2.00 at:
Wildbird General Store
4712-99 Street,
Earth's General Store
9605-82 Avenue, Edmonton
Nature Alberta
3rd Floor, Percy Page Centre
11759 Groat Road
Arch Greenhouse
3151-97 St.

ENPG has a Facebook page

Events:

Edmonton City Planning wants to sell 1.13 acres of river valley parkland for an 80 storey high rise development, which would block the view of the valley, and greatly reduce public open space. If this goes ahead, the City sets a precedent for selling prime river valley parkland in a major public area. This will then preclude any possibility of restoring this south-facing slope with native prairie plants. Imagine, if you will, tourists coming from the Art Gallery, Museum, the Quarters, to relax beside a sea of colourful native wildflowers!
A Public Info Session to learn about the two proposals for the river bank east of the Shaw Conference Centre will be held:
Saturday, April 8, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Boyle Street Plaza, 9538 - 103A Avenue.
Speakers include Chief Bruneau of the Papaschase Nation and Harvey Voogd, Executive Director of the North Saskatchewan River Valley Conservation Society.

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April 10, Monday - Edmonton Nature Club Plant Study Group - Elk Island National Park May Flower Count – Keeping Track Over a Decade Local botanist, photographer and volunteer steward Patrick Kyle will give a
talk he has subtitled: “One species at a time,” and “Where, oh where, is the Cardamine
pratensis?” He will show us plant denizens of the varied habitats of forest, marsh, wetland, and
dry sandy prairie along the Sandhills Trail in Elk Island, recorded during 10 years of May Counts.
Time: Doors at 7:00 pm; program starts at 7:30 pm
Location: Room 8, 3rd floor of the J. Percy Page Centre - 11759 Groat Road. Park on the south side, go in the south door and sign in.
Admission: Free, although membership in the Edmonton Nature Club is recommended.

Alberta Native Plant Council
2017 Annual Workshop

Registration is now open for the ANPC annual workshop.
For an initial list of speakers, registration, and information about accommodation in Ponoka please click here.

There will be an informal botany foray following the workshop on Sunday, April 30, 2017. More details about the field trip can be found here.
Alberta Native Plant Council Volunteer Opportunities:

Stewardship Activities @ Nisku Prairie
Nisku Prairie is a 31- acre remnant of aspen parkland protected as municipal reserve, and is located south of Edmonton.  ANCP is a steward and each summer, there are a variety of activities including monitoring of sample plots and pulling weeds.  Contact info@anpc.com, subject 'ANPC volunteers' for more details.

Native Plant Colouring Book Project
The ANPC is developing a colouring book for use at youth events. Volunteers are needed to create drawings that can be used in the book.  Contact iinfo@anpc.com, subject 'ANPC volunteers' for more details.

Native Plant Book Projects
Volunteers are needed to help write plant descriptions for the Field Guide to plants of the Whitehorse Wildland Park.  Other book projects are being developed as well. If you are interested in being an author or helping with other tasks, please contact iinfo@anpc.com, subject 'ANPC volunteers' for more information.



... is a monthly e-newsletter sent out by ENPG, that focuses on gardening with native plants. There is a list of up-coming events, news, one or two articles, and a 'Wildflower of the Month'.
Wildflower News - April 2017-best.pdf
click to download
Want to attract butterflies and bees to your garden? Here's a list of native plants adapted from Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies by The Xerces Society.
The book is available from the ENPG Library.
Pollen and Nectar Plants Table _1.pdf
click to download

ENPG activities

Here is a look at some of what we've done in the last couple of years - ENPG's take on an annual report!

Ignore the "Dropbox Sign in..." and be patient. It is a LARGE file!

ENPG 2014 activities.pdf
click to download
ENG 2013 activities.pdf
click to download
ENG 2012 Activities.pdf
click to download
Edmonton Native Plant Group has published Go Wild, a book on 'Easy to Grow Native Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses'.
You can also check out the different plants here, on our website.
Check out the index to search for a specific plant.

Library

ENG has a number of books, magazines and other publications on native plants and related subjects that are available for borrowing.

Photo Galleries