12 de enero de 2023

Common Blue Lettuce

Common Blue Lettuce
Lactuca pulchella

this is the native species found in SK
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/92164975

NOT Tatarian Blue Lettuce
Lactuca tatarica

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Ribes

There are more than one kind of Ribes in the afforestation areas according to Environmental Dynamics Natural Screening Report
Ribes oxyacanthoides var. oxyacanthoides Bristly Gooseberry
Ribes americanum Wild Black Currant

Here are some of my notes to pay attention to - to sort them out.

American Black Currant ="bell-shaped flowers ... no prickly stems, and 6 or more flowers per cluster."
American Black Currant ="odd-looking stems (gray with brown woody wings), the glandular golden dots on its leaves, its black berries, and the structure of its flowers (long tubular calyx with petaloid lobes, non-exerted stamens, etc.)"
American Black Currant in afforestation area

Common Hops similar leaf

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03 de octubre de 2022

Wildwoods of Saskatoon Virtual Premiere

Event name Wildwoods of Saskatoon Virtual Premiere
Date of event October 24 at 7:00 pm CST
Location Virtual YouTube Premiere and Zoom
Name of organizer Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.
Email address and phone number of organizer friendsafforestation@gmail.com Julia Adamson 306.380.5368

The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. present the Wildwoods of Saskatoon virtual film on Zoom and YouTube Premiere. Commemorate Oct 24 with us as we celebrate UN World Development Information Day & International Day Against Climate Change

This heritage documentary will feature notable guest speakers who speak to the rich history and heritage of the two afforestation areas the 132 ha (326 acre) Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and the 60 ha (148 acre) George Genereux Urban Regional Park planted to trees in 1972 under the Green Survival Program - a 50th anniversary jubilee celebration of our heritage.

Hearing from Dr. Bill Waiser B.A., M.A., Ph.D. O.C. SOM, Distinguished history Professor Emeritus and Dr. Ernie Walker, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. O.C. SOM, Archaeology & Anthropology professor emeritus and recognizing Detective Sargeant Bruce Gordon, and the #BeLikeBruce campaign, and three other namesakes of the afforestation areas, BT chappell city builder, Richard St. Barbe Baker Global Conservationist, and George Genereux Olympic gold medalist.

A Tangible Legacy. History, Geology, Ecology, Ecosystem services, Sense of place, Opportunities. Protecting memories and visualizing dreams. Exploration of the symbiotic relationship of the diverse urban community being nurtured in nature at the Wildwoods of Saskatoon.

This is the 50th anniversary of both afforestation areas planted to trees in 1972! These forests, wetlands and greenspaces are semi-wilderness wildlife habitats in Saskatoon providing two amazing areas to balance environmental sustainability and conservation with social, physical, and mental benefits for health and wellness in a natural greenspace setting.

Opening up to a deeply resonant perspective on greenspace heritage and the grandeur of forests, director James Hay weaves the conversation from breathtaking aerial forest scenes and archival footage in a call to consciousness.

Pamphlet https://kvisit.com/8wE/gvYG

Eventbrite bit.ly/3rk33pN

Web site http://friendsareas.ca/

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05 de mayo de 2022

Tree burls or growths Find More Info

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Solidago Subsect. Triplinerviae

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Mosses

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Gulls

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03 de mayo de 2022

Shells along the River Bank

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02 de mayo de 2022

Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers

A cool hint to tell them apart from AT NancyLightfoot "A solid field mark, where present, is black dotting on the white tail feathers. Dotty = Downy. You can see that in photo two. If it's absent that doesn't mean it's a Hairy, but it's apparently only present in Downies." A page showing this in close up

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21 de marzo de 2022

Two White Aster Species to watch out for. Very similar

Symphyotrichum falcatum (White Prairie Aster) Saskatchewan Wildflowers.
White Heath Aster Symphyotrichum ericoides (Many-Flowered Aster)
These grow in the same habitats.

Glen Lee from SK Wildflowers also says this...."Similar species: This plant is quite similar to Symphyotrichum ericoides, furthermore, they share the same habitat and flower at the same time. To distinguish between the two:

  • The flower head of S. ericoides is 10-15 mm across, the flower head of S. falcatum is 20-25 mm across (Budd's Flora).
  • The inflorescence of S. ericoides is usually secund, the inflorescence of S. falcatum is not secund (Budd's Flora).
  • The inflorescence of S. ericoides is paniculate (Taxonomic Reminder for Recognizing Saskatchewan Plants), flower heads numerous (Budd's Flora), the flower heads of S. falcatum are solitary or few at the ends of branches (Budd's Flora). "

Secund means Arranged on one side only, as flowers or leaves on a stalk.
Panicle means A panicle is a much-branched inflorescence with the flowers (and fruit) be pedicellate (having a single stem per flower).

Symphyotrichums are very similar and have presented botanists with difficulties in separating them, naming them, and determining their range.

Many-flowered Aster Symphyotrichum ericoides (L.) Nesom

Symphyotrichum ericoides White Heath Aster Astereae Lab says "The inflorescence tends to be more compact and densely branched than in the usually larger to much large headed S. falcatum. "

Symphyotrichum falcatum Western Heath Aster, White Prairie Aster Astereae Lab says "The species is distinguished from S. ericoides by it generally more open fewer headed inflorescence with larger heads with more florets"

Thanks to Eric Lamb for noticing, and pointing out the differences! A White Prairie Aster can be determined based on more than 20 rays per head.

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