Want to take action to help biodiversity? Here are our top three ways to support species and ecosystems in Lethbridge.

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Why?

Bees are important pollinators for food crops, pollinating up to 70% of our food. Bees populations are declining, in part due to habitat loss.

How?

Identify the plant species that will benefit the bees the most. Plants such as lavender, white clover and thyme are good choices for southern Alberta. Beware of seed mixes that may contain invasive or weedy species. Contact the Lethbridge Bee Enthusiasts for more information.

biodiversity-action-2Why?

Invasive plant species are a critical problem in Lethbridge’s natural areas, where they crowd out native species. Invasive species are less likely to provide food and habitat for native wildlife species.

How?

The Helen Schuler Nature Centre coordinates weed pulls every summer. Sign up as an individual or put a group together and adopt an area.

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Getting outside and enjoying our local parks is a great way to learn about our species and ecosystems.

How?

Find a park near you, or visit the Helen Schuler Nature Centre for interpretive programs and nature activities in the River Valley.

 

Looking for even more ways to take action? Check out these other suggestions:

Reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides and herbicides, which can harm insects and fish.

Plant a wildlife-friendly garden for all species. Include native plants, habitat features and water to attract more wildlife.

Sign up for a Coulee Clean-up and keep garbage out of our natural areas.

Consider replacing your lawn with more natural, xeri-scaped landscaping.

Plant a tree. Choose a native tree species that is adapted to our climate.

Participate in a stream restoration event.

Keep your cat inside to prevent them from killing songbirds.