Article Files:

Another article by Patsy Cotterill on the taxonomy of plants. Take a look near the end of the article where, sort of as a joke, but also to emphasize the point about hierarchical classification, she includes the Systema Naturae (the one with the 'ridiculous' number of higher categories) classification for Rosa acicularis!
Plant Naming 101 (March 2013).pdf
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Lessons in Taxonomy or What I Discovered about High Bush-cranberry
Patsy Cotterill had been assuming that our local high bush-cranberries are native. Doing a bit if digging because of a query about common names, she realized they may not be! This led to more intense research and prompted her to write this article:
(Feb. 2013)
Lessons in taxonomy_1.pdf
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It's not just about flowers! Have a peek at a collection of photos taken last fall at Old Man Creek Nursery by a volunteer.
Fall 2011
(Be patient - it may take a while to download!)
Birds and Bugs OMCN.pdf
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Spring growth at OMCN:
Spring 2012
Monarch butterfly caterpillars.pdf
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Song Sparrows call OMCN ‘Home’!.pdf
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Invasion from Outer Space or Gigantic Snowball Fight?

Intriguing photos of a prairie phenomenum passed on to ENG.
Dec. 2012
Snow Rolls.pdf
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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.
Pollen and Nectar Plants Table _1.pdf
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The book is available from the ENG Library. Here's a review by Patsy Cotterill:
Book Review-Attracting Native Pollinators.pdf
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Neighbourhood Conifers and Identification Key

This is excellent article by Patsy Cotterill on the different evergreen trees found in her neighbourhood - both native and non-native.
There is an identification key, descriptive notes and photos of each species usually showing tree shape, bark, and cones.
(Dec. 2011)
Neighbourhood Conifers_2.pdf
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Bristlecone Pine
(Jan. 2012)

After reading the above article, Carole Dodd was inspired to contribute this article about the intriguing and unusual bristlecone pine!

Carole Dodd is a local naturalist with a particular interest in native vascular plants. She volunteers with the Wagner Natural Area Society, the University of Alberta Vascular Plant Herbarium, Elk Island National Park, and the Central Alberta Rare Plant Study Group.
Bristlecone Pine.pdf
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