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The Wonder of Wetlands: Classifying and Constructing Wetlands in Alberta

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Between Spruce Grove and St.Albert

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In the dry climate of Alberta, wetlands are key to healthy landscape functioning! What are wetlands exactly? What different types are there? What can wetlands teach us about the hydrology and ecology of the surrounding environment? Why are they so important?

This workshop will answer all these questions and more! Anna Bishop, a current MSc Candidate in Ecology at the University of Alberta, has conducted research on wetland construction in Alberta. From her findings in the field, Anna will outline the “recipe for a wetland”, or how to create a landscape that will facilitate spontaneous wetland development over time. In a time of climate change, where we will face increasing droughts and storm events, grassroots wetland construction provides a way forward in maintaining the ecological resilience of our landscapes!

Overall you can expect to learn:

  1. How to identify and classify a wetland based on its landscape position, hydrology, topography, soil, and vegetation

  2. How to create conditions in a landscape that will facilitate the development of a wetland.

  3. The importance of wetlands in Alberta!

LOCATION: The location of this event will be 30 minutes northwest from downtown Edmonton (in between Spruce Grove and St.Albert).

RIDESHARE: If you would like to give or take a ride, please email freeschoolteam@gmail.com.

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