Recent Notices:

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

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:

Sundays, February 12 and 26 - NatureAlberta is hosting its annual Hypothermic Half Marathon to raise money for core programs, and is seeking volunteers. It’s a great way to support Nature Alberta and a great opportunity to get outside, meet new people, enjoy the thrill of the race and cheer on participants. Our volunteers also enjoy hot chocolate along the route and complimentary brunch at the Highlands Golf Club.
Learn more and sign up here: http://naturealberta.ca/nature-alberta-seeks-volunteers-2017-hypothermic-half-marathon/

Friday, February 17 - Edmonton Nature Club Plant Study Group - Conservation planning in Alberta's capital cityCatherine Shier, senior ecological planner with the City of Edmonton, will present on her work in the City’s Office of Biodiversity regarding the protection of Natural Areas in an urban setting. She will walk us through the history of – and tools used for – conserving Edmonton’s Ecological Network.
Please note: This is a joint Edmonton Nature Club/Edmonton Plant Study Group event.
Location: auditorium of The Kings University, 9125-50 Street, Edmonton
Time: Refreshments at 7 p.m., and the program starts at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: by donation.

Seedy Saturday/Sundays -
March 11 - Stony Plain
March 12 - Sherwood Park
March 19 - Edmonton
Details will be in the March Newsletter.
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 - February 2017 _1.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.

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