We had another successful year sharing weekly restoration tips. We plan to continue sharing more tips throughout the year. To make sure you don’t miss out, 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.
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Stay tuned for a list of all our restoration tips from 2017!
Tip #37: What is the difference between noxious and invasive? Click here to find out.
Tip #36: Summer is quickly coming to an end and spring seems a long ways off…however it is never to early to start planning a wildlife habitat garden. Check out this new resource from the SCCP: Gardening with Native Plants Guide
Tip #35: Can we create multi-functional forests? As part of the Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project, Red Deer created one of the largest edible forests and pollinator gardens. (Tip courtesy of University of Saskatchewan Students)
Tip #34: Are you involved in assessing how climate change will affect ecosystems? ALivE is a new tool for Ecosystem-based Adaptation developed by IISD.
Tip #33: Interested in citizen science? Check out NatureLynx, a new app created by Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute where users actively contribute to our scientific understanding of Alberta’s ecosystems.
Tip #32: Are you involved in wetland restoration and looking for related training resources? The Association of State Wetland Managers offers a Wetland Training Webinar Series focused on wetlands & restoration options/considerations. To view these webinars, visit their website.
Tip #31: Looking for a new channel to add to your podcast lineup? Why not check out the new Nature Conservancy Canada podcast Nature Talks
Tip #30: Does your work focus on Native Grasslands? Check out this new resource from AEP on Conservation Assessments – Strategic Siting and Pre-disturbance Site Assessment Methodology for Industrial Activities on Native Grasslands
Tip #29: Interested in connectivity analysis? The CBI recently released the free Linkage Mapper Software, v2.0, a GIS toolbox designed to support regional wildlife habitat connectivity analyses.
Tip #28: Are you interesting in conserving pollinator habitat? Check out the guides from Pollinators Canada on selecting plants for your ecoregion
Tip #27: Why is seed storage so important? And how might you store small batches, while controlling for humidity and temperature? Why not make your own portable after-ripening bucket? Read more…
Tip #26: Want to know more about ecological restoration in Canada? In honour of Canada Day, learn about how we are protecting species, habitats, and ecosystems here.
Tip #25: Are you looking for new resources to compliment your species ID skills? Are you a budding citizen scientist? Want to contribute to the collection of biodiversity data? Check out the iNaturalist app, available through Google Play & iTunes inaturalist.org
Tip #24: Do you have Garry Oak trees on your property? Thinking about growing wild flowers? The Habitat Acquisition Trust explains how to do this using oak leaves here: ht.ly/RQBF30ku7hg. Bonus: You will also be caring for a very important ecosystem!
Tip #23: Are you considering local wild seed collection for your restoration project? Check out the article “Should I pick that? A scoring tool to prioritize and valuate native wild seed for restoration“. The proposed tool “can be applied to various restoration applications to assess relative effort, to plan and prioritize species for restoration projects and to help set fair seed pricing”
Tip #22: Why are green roofs useful for grassland and prairie conservation? Check out this research paper Carabid and spider population dynamics on urban green roofs (Bergeron, Pinzon & Spence, 2018) for more information.
Tip #20: How big is Canada’s Boreal forest? Well, it spans from Alaska to Labrador and is the largest intact forest left on the planet. If you do work here, be sure to follow & check out resources provided by Boreal Conservation!
Tip #19: The SER’s Restoration Resource Center is an interactive platform for knowledge exchange and learning in the field of ecological restoration that provides access to a wide variety of resources, publications, & project information.
Tip #18: Looking for webinar resources related to riparian health and management? Why not check out the webinar channel offered by Cows and Fish.
Tip #17: Have you heard about a new ‘poplar’ way to deal with heavy metal contaminated soils? Poplars and their hybrids are the way to go! Due to their high biomass, genetics, and ability to tolerate high concentrations of heavy metals, Poplars, can accumulate contaminants within their xylem and leaves. This helps to immobilize heavy metals, stabilize sites, and restore soils. For more info check out this paper: http://ht.ly/od4330jEREU. Tip provided by Wyatt Moore from the University of Saskatchewan.
Tip #15: Are you looking for Restoration Opportunities in your area? Look no further… check out the updated Atlas of Forest and Landscape Restoration Opportunities .
Tip #14: Looking for a tool to help you identify the type of soil(s) at your restoration site? Check out BC’s soil information finder (SIFT).
Tip #13: Five ways to save a lake via Nature Conservancy Canada
Tip #12: Tea soothes the soul, but it can also soothe your soil. Compost tea application is a technology used to improve soil health by increasing the bacterial and fungal communities of degraded landscapes. The “cold brewing” process allows the growth of organisms extracted from the compost. Check out Terra Erosion Control for more information on compost tea application and watch this short video if you want to make your own. Tip provided by Layton Willick from the University of Saskatchewan.
Tip #11: Looking for tools and resources related to Wildlife Species Inventory and Habitat Information? Check these resources recommended provided by KCP.
Tip #10: Looking for products and tools that are available for accessing, capturing, and interpreting fish and fish habitat information in BC? Check out this link provided by KCP.
Tip #9: Their bite is right! Livestock prefer leafy plants & are a great tool for fighting #InvasiveSpecies in rangelands. Leafy Spurge is an example of an invasive that can be managed through grazing. For best results a grazing plan should be made: jstor.org/stable/4003874. Tip provided by Anna Jacobson from the University of Saskatchewan.
Tip #8: The books every ocean lover should read in 2018!
Tip #7: Want to better understand how the suitability of biodiversity habitat has been modified? Check out ABMI’s Biodiversity Intactness Index
Tip #6: Looking for a job in Environmental Studies and Ecology? Check out this facebook group hosted by UVic.
Tip #5: Following the theme of wetlands, check out these practical ways cities can manage and preserve urban wetlands.
Tip #2: In need of some restoration-related resources? Why not check out the SER’s new Restoration Resource Centre!