Support Urban Nature

There are so many ways to support nature, even in an urban environment! Opportunities to foster good stewardship practices exist everywhere, especially in our urban spaces where nature could use some extra help to thrive.

Nature Alberta Publications


Urban Nature Initiative (UNI)

You can protect nature in your own backyard. Supporting Nature and Biodiversity in
Urban Yards shows you how, with tips and resources to attract pollinators, landscape
for biodiversity, live with urban wildlife, and more.


NatureScape Alberta

In NatureScape Alberta: Creating and Caring for Wildlife Habitat at Home, biologists Myrna Pearman and Ted Pike give you a step-by-step guide to inviting living creatures into your world. Order your copy in the Nature Alberta Online Store.

Urban Nature Initiative in Action

Real Urban Yards Transformed, Naturally

This summer, Urban Nature Initiative set a handful of Edmonton homeowners on a path to transforming their urban green spaces into refuges for nature. See how some helpful advice and installation of supplemental homes and feeders helped transform these yards into havens for biodiversity within the city.

The Davies' Positive Cumulative Effects

Interested in pitching in to do your part for urban biodiversity? Join families like the Davies who are excited to be inviting nature into their yard in a way that is both sustainable and beautiful, working with nature rather than against nature.

Amanda and Her Family Make Changes to Make Room for Nature

Interested in making your urban yard a haven for biodiversity? Check out how the additions Amanda made to her yard and how her children were able to get involved and get inspired!

Holly and Calvin Plan and Plant Native Species

Interested in reducing lawn and incorporating more native species in your urban yard? See how Holly and Calvin changed their landscaping, making it a great space for pollinators and other species.

Build Your Own Bat Box

Building a Bat Box: How To Guide

Create a safe, bat-friendly space in your own yard by building a bat house! Here’s a step-by-step guide to building a four-chamber bat nursery. Follow along with the "Building a Bat Box: DIY Instructions" downloadable instructions, including materials and tools list and cutting diagrams.

Building a Bat Box: DIY Instructions

Make your own bat box! Complete DIY instructions including materials and tools lists, diagrams, and detailed step-by-step instructions to build two 4-chamber nursery bat boxes.

Create a Bird Oasis in Your Backyard

Naturalize Your Yard to Create a Bird Oasis

Many bird species are in decline, but you can help by creating a bird-friendly oasis in your own yard! Taking steps to naturalize your outside spaces provides an inviting environment to welcome birds.

Food, Water, and Shelter in Your Bird Oasis

Naturalizing your yard with fruit-bearing native plants is a great way to provide birds with both habitat and a source of food, but a well-stocked bird feeder, clean water in bird baths, and nesting boxes are also welcome additions!

Bird Oasis Safety

When you’re creating your backyard bird oasis, you want to make sure your guests are safe. Learn how to help birds avoid window strikes and predators that annually kill over 100 million birds in Canada.



Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives

This initiative seeks to keep both pet cats and birds safe. Cats that are allowed to roam
unsupervised face many dangers to themselves and cause the death of millions of birds
each year.

External Resources


Identification – Nature Alberta (Field Guide to Alberta Birds)

All about birdhouses – The Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Nest Watch)



Rain Garden

Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership



Identification – Insect of Alberta

Bumble Bee Identification – Edmonton Nature Club

How to build a bee hotel – Edmonton and Area Land Trust



Edmonton Native Plant Society

Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society - Pollinator Plants – Aspen Parkland - Boreal



Identification – Alberta Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy



Composting – City of Edmonton

Worm Composting – City of Edmonton


Invasive Species

Alberta Invasive Species Council


Citizen Science

Birds – Birds Canada


Amphibians – Alberta Conservation Association

Bats – Alberta Community Bat Program (Bat Box Monitoring)

Bees – Alberta Native Bee Council (Bumble Bee Box Program)

Biodiversity - NatureLynx

Nature Alberta's 50th Anniversary


In celebration of Nature Alberta’s 50th Anniversary year, through April 2021, Individual Nature Alberta Lifetime Memberships are only $10! Nature needs our help now more than ever — and there’s never been a better time to show your support!

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