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.

Programs

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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.

Nature Alberta Publications

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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.

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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.

External Resources

Birds

Identification – Nature Alberta (Field Guide to Alberta Birds)

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

Checklist

 

Rain Garden

Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership

 

Insects

Identification – Insect of Alberta

Bumble Bee Identification – Edmonton Nature Club

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

 

Plants

Edmonton Native Plant Society

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

 

Amphibian/Reptile

Identification – Alberta Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy

 

Composting

Composting – City of Edmonton

Worm Composting – City of Edmonton

 

Invasive Species

Alberta Invasive Species Council

 

Citizen Science

Birds – Birds Canada

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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

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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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