Nature is the legacy of natural objects and intangible attributes encompassing the natural environment (the material world surrounding humankind but independent of human activities) including flora and fauna, geology and landforms.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein
Albertans are fortunate to live in a province of diverse landforms that include the Rocky Mountains, Foothills, Boreal Forest, Canadian Shield, Parkland and Grassland. These broad natural regions are further divided into sub-regions. For more information on Alberta’s natural regions, see the report Natural Regions and Sub-regions of Alberta or see a map produced by Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation.
In turn, these landforms provide habitat for a diverse number of plants and animals. Alberta has about 1,767 known species of vascular plants (ferns and all plants that reproduce through seeds) and 1,180 non-vascular plants. The province is also home to about 90 mammals, 270 breeding birds, 62 fish, 18 reptiles and amphibians and 20,000 insects.
You don’t have to go very far to find nature! For tips on how to welcome nature to your backyard, see Biodiveristy Canada’s page Biodiversity in Your Backyard or order the book NatureScape Alberta through our bookstore. Or if you like to garden, check out the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s wildlife-friendly gardening tips at Discover Wildlife Gardening. Alberta also has many nature centres where visitors can learn about and experience nature first hand. For a list of Canadian nature centres by province, see Wikipedia’s List of Nature Centres .
In 1970, six natural history clubs joined together to form the Federation of Alberta Naturalists. Today, this same organization, known as Nature Alberta serves a membership of over 40 clubs and represents thousands of individuals across the province. Every one of these individuals share a passion for natural history.
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