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Natural Habitat Management System


"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."

- Confucius

To encourage appreciation for our environment, the ASCCA strives to involve students and volunteers in habitat management efforts.  The first step in this project was identifying five habitats within the ASCCA: aspen forest, native grassland, tame pastures, willow/shrubs, and aquatic habitats.   Individual plants or animals were chosen as health markers for each of these habitats. These could then be actively monitored by visitors to the ASCCA. 

Jacquie Gilson, former Executive Director of the ASCCA noted, "One of the project goals is to have usable data right away so it made sense to target specific indicators rather than spending years and many dollars gathering everything possible about each of the habitats."

The second phase of the project involved digital maps.  The computerized mapping techniques allowed students and volunteers to see their data come to life. The maps show the vegetation, soils, habitat types and field data collected on the ASCCA.

Neil Gilson, from the Environmental Design Program at the University of Calgary, analyzed the indicator data from this first year and prepared recommendations for management.

The final phase of the project is to continually monitor conditions in each habitat.  Continued involvement by students and volunteers is a key aspect of the project.  One project goal is to have the collected data and analysis understandable to the public, with no scientific background required. 

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area wildlife + plants

Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal
Smilacina stellata

Habitat: It is widely distributed throughout Alberta. It prefers moist wooded areas or along the edges of river banks.

Description: Large, stiff leaves zig-zag up the plants stems.  At the top of the plant a few small star-shaped flowers, white in colour grow.

Size: 20-60cm

Fun Facts: The root, when made into a powder, was...

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