Once again, we had a successful year sharing weekly restoration tips. This year, we will continue to post tips but with a little help from students at the University of Saskatchewan.
Follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook to gain access to these tips every Sunday, or visit this page for updates throughout the year. If you have your own tips you’d like to share, tag these #ERestorationTips.
Missed some tips from 2015 and 2016? You can view all the weekly tips from either year by clicking below:
Tip #29: Get out and enjoy local restoration projects! Check out Burnaby’s Stoney Creek Trail this summer!
Tip #28: Looking for resources that map invasive species, look no further:
Tip #27: Got an issue or idea related to the environment/conservation in AB? Check out Community Conserve
Tip #26: Looking for a way to get involved in academic research? Check out the Zooniverse!
Tip #25: Like watching webinars? Check out the Science & Technology Training Library
Tip #24: Check out the Invasive Species Centre’s recently launched Risk Assessment Database!
Tip #23: Use your smart phone to access Alberta Plant Species List.
Tip #22: Looking for a wetland inventory in MB? Look no further, MHHC has what you need!
Tip #21: Looking for a resource that measures and maps precipitation? Check out CoCoRaHS!
Tip #20: Seeking easy access to journal articles and ER resources? Check out the Restoration Ecology App!
Tip #19: Need a tool to access data on the status & location of species & ecosystems? Check out NatureServe!
Tip #18: Looking for resources on Species at Risk? Check out SCCP’s YouTube channel!
Tip #17: Spring is in the air & birds are everywhere! Learn how to record bird songs with your smartphone.
Tip #16: Looking for a tool to assist in land management decisions? Check out Alberta’s Soil Information Viewer!
Tip #15: If you have a wetland on your property, consider creating a Ribbon of Life to improve water quality and biodiversity and prevent future deterioration of the wetland. A Ribbon of Life is a buffer zone that has been revegetated with native plants to prevent erosion, contaminant runoff, and overheating of waters, while restoring natural habitat and beauty. Check out the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s guide for creating a Ribbon of Life and selecting appropriate native plants. (Tip contributed by Kyra Mazer, Environmental Sciences student at the University of Saskatchewan)
Tip #14: Use ShoreZone for a close-up inventory of the biology and geology of North America’s Pacific coast shorezone.org
Tip #13: What is an estuary? Project Watershed describes them in this video.
Tip #12: The Athabasca oil sands are the third largest oil reserves in the world and so the discovery of naturally occurring re-growth on these degraded sites, without any human intervention is quite a surprise. Natalie Blaine, a Master’s student here at the University of Saskatchewan is researching this mystery. She has found that the presence of certain types of bacteria called Endophytes are responsible for the plant growth in these less then ideal environments. Blaine has found that these types of bacteria can be artificially produced in a lab; which in turn can create new ways for future restoration in Canadian boreal forests. See the full article here: https://news.usask.ca/articles/research/2016/bacteria-may-hold-secret-to-oil-sands-remediation.php (Tip contributed by Brooke Anderson, Environmental Sciences student at the University of Saskatchewan)
Tip #11: With spring in the air, check out the Propagation Protocol Database.
Tip #10: Check out Saskatchewan’s Breeding Bird Atlas.
Tip #9: Turn your yard into a pollinator haven. The David Suzuki Foundation explains how, here.
Tip #8: Is your work focused in the arctic? Check out POLAR Canada for funding info, job opps, & more.
Tip #7: Did you hear the joke about the fungus? I could tell it to you, but it might need time to grow on you. Mycorrhizal fungi work by adding to the plants’ ability to gather nutrients and water from the soil. The relationship between the fungi and the plant is a symbiotic one. Restoration practitioners as well as ecologists are continually learning how useful mycorrhizal fungi can be in restoring damaged ecosystems. The following paper: “The Potential Role of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in the Restoration of Degraded Lands” can help us to understand the role mycorrhizal plays in the soil as well as its potential in restoration. (Tip contributed by Anique Josuttes, Agronomy student at the University of Saskatchewan)
Tip #6: How is animal agriculture adapting in response to changing climate? Find out here.
Tip #5: Want to know more about peatlands & reclamation success? Check out this presentation by Dale Vitt.
Tip #4: Are you a forest manager seeking climatic info for planting sites? Check out the Seedlot Selection Tool!
Tip #3: New tool to explore future climate projections and soil site sensitivity.
Tip #2: Join the Habitat Network, a citizen science project transforming our landscape.
Tip #1: Does your work involve wetlands in BC? Check out the new resource Wetland Ways.