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a) Accidental Landscaping: Finding a Place for Grasslands Species in an Urban Setting - Gail Fennell, Nature Regina
For much of the time that North Americans have been building cities, we have relied on governments and philanthropists to set aside designated areas to preserve wildlife and their habitats. As our cities grow and the space for wildlife and the habitats that support them shrinks, it is becoming clear that we need a new approach to how we preserve the diverse communities of plants and animals who have lived here for thousands of years. What if small changes by everyday people could make a big difference in sustaining a diverse wildlife habitat? What if we didn’t have to depend only on government parks programs to preserve habitats? My focus is on urban settings on the Grasslands and Parkland because most people in Manitoba, Saskatchewan Alberta and Montana live in a city between the North Saskatchewan and Yellowstone Rivers from the Rocky Mountain foothills to the Red River. There is already “Accidental” landscaping occurring in all our cities. Plants pop up where they aren’t expected, new insects suddenly appear in a garden. But do we really know what those pop-ups are? Could some of them possibly be the very Grasslands species we are hoping to preserve, growing unrecognized right in our cities? Join me in exploring how we can find room for native plants and pollinators outside of parks and right in our cities and towns.

b) You won’t bee-lieve your eyes: building an urban pollinator park in Medicine Hat, Alberta -Keziah Lesko-Gosselin, City of Medicine Hat
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While community pollinator parks are frequently established on small scales, their impacts on community engagement, recreation and interpretation opportunity, and local sustainability may be significant. Increasing pollinator habitat is a notable benefit associated with local pollinator parks, but benefits associated with implementation of such projects reach far beyond the obvious. Parks like the “Police Point Pollinator Park” are integral to community engagement and development, and encourage local environmental sustainability. Given current public health context, they also provide safer options for outdoor recreation and education.

Keziah Lesko-Gosselin is a Parks and Recreation Employee in Medicine Hat, who worked directly with the city’s “Police Point Pollinator Park” in 2020, established in partnership with Medicine Hat College Enactus, and a crew of dedicated volunteers. This presentation highlights key ingredients that ultimately lead to a successful season, including: planning and logistics; establishing a strong volunteer group; proper funding and spending capacity; and finally, public engagement and promotion. Presentation expands on what challenges were faced, as well as what worked for this project, and how strategies used here may lead to successful implementation of similar projects in other communities.

c) The Importance of Growing Locally-sourced Native Plants - Liz Deleeuw and Manna Parseyan, Edmonton Native Plant Society

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There are many different reasons to grow Locally-sourced native plants. With massive losses of native habitat owing to human activity and subsequent losses of many native plant species, preservation of the genetic diversity of local native plants has become a critical matter.

“Nature” is evident in urban settings despite our attempts to make it a cared for, relatively sterile environment. Using Locally-sourced native wildflowers and grasses in residential yards forms an “Urban Prairie” to complement the Urban Forest. Yards become a refuge for the plants as they have few other places to thrive.

In addition, local wildlife including bees, butterflies, birds, and mammals, have co-evolved over millennia with plants in the same geographic area and rely on these specific plants for food and shelter.

Naturally occurring native plants in any given area are more equipped to fend off the negative effects of drought, freezing, common diseases, and insects if planted in that same local region.

Locally-sourced native plants that are thoughtfully incorporated into a designed landscape or included as part of restoration and reclamation projects can improve biodiversity and ensure greater success for those projects.

Locally-sourced native plants are gradually making their way into urban culture as demand for seeds and plants grows. Seed collection, cleaning, methods of seed stratification, and growing are reviewed and examples of local projects in the Edmonton area are given.
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