Links

A totally random selection of websites for your browsing pleasure, or for interesting information.
Natural Area Parks
There are over 30 Natural Area Parks within the City of Edmonton. Some are woodland areas; others contain wetlands. Most have walking paths of some sort, asphalt or gravel, although others do not and can only be viewed from a nearby road. We've all probably driven by them many times without even realizing they exist!
"Did you know that two thirds of Edmontonians live within a ten minute walk of a natural area park? These parks are different from conventional, manicured parks. They are managed in a way that puts nature first, by protecting native wildlife habitat and natural processes. These parks also let us learn about nature right in our own backyard."
from: The City of Edmonton webpage: http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/environmental_stewardship/natural-area-parks.aspx
There is a bit of information, including location and access, for each of the Natural Areas.
Edmonton Nature Club - concerned with all areas of natural history
www.edmontonnatureclub.ca
Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary
http://cliffordelee.com/location
Wagner Natural Area
http://www.wagnerfen.ca
Edmonton and Area Land Trust - Conserving Natural Environments in Edmonton and Area
The Edmonton and Area Land Trust is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to conserving the natural heritage of the region through private stewardship.
http://ealt.ca/
Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan
www.npss.sk.ca

E-Flora BC

Introduction to E-Flora BC: an electronic atlas of the flora of British Columbia
http://www.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/eflora/efloraintroductionpage.html

What is taxonomy and where did it originate?
www.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/eflora/IntroductiontoPlantTaxonomy.html

Understanding Synonyms:
http://www.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/eflora/VascularPlantSynonymy.html

Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.
The Wild Ones motto is "Healing the earth one yard at a time." This website encourages landscaping with native plants in residential, business and public landscapes, and it was probably the first of its kind. Even though the Wild Ones are based in the States the site has a wealth of information.
http://www.wildones.org/
Wild About Flowers
http://www.wildaboutflowers.ca/
Beyond Pesticides
www.beyondpesticides.org/
The Lorax - Dr. Seuss
This insightful book addresses the loss of nature with poignancy and heart and the playful language that is so wonderfully Dr. Seuss.
"Unless someone like you... cares a whole awful lot... nothing is going to get better... it's not."
Check out this nifty ebook on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soRbNlPbHEo
Smarty Plants - an episode from CBC’s the Nature of Things. A luscious exploration of the natural world, Smarty Plants is a look at how plants behave, revealing a world where plants are as busy, responsive and complex as we are: http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episode/smarty-plants-uncovering-the-secret-world-of-plant-behaviour.html