Maria C, Edmonton, Activity 2

Environment   Oct 15, 2019 by Maria Castaneda
  1. Firstly, Edmonton has the Royal Alberta MuseumThe biome my city belongs in would be considered aspen parkland which basically consists of grasslands, prairies, savannas etc... I don't know about you, but I consider red squirrels quite notable because I rarely see them. Lastly, in comparison to the the Philippines, I would consider Edmonton's biodiversity rate to be between low and medium. Some ecosystems in Alberta are actually beginning to decline.
  2. The burrowing owl would be one of Alberta's most endangered species
  3. Other questions: 

- To approach the second question, I had to search up the answer on Google instead because I found the website to be difficult to use. When I searched up the endangered species in Alberta, it showed me three different species with "alberta" in their name and pretty much all of them were stable.

- However, I believe that keeping these records about the animals of different ecosystems in our area is important so we can keep track of how much of our actions affect the environment. It also allows us to see how food chains are affected when one species has been extirpated from the local area.

- Lastly, this question is important to ask everyone because I think it makes us more aware of our surroundings and our actions that affect it. (It makes us pay attention.)


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Nicole Lam
Oct 28, 2019

It's nice to compare the biodiversity between different countries and regions! What makes biodiversity in the Philippines so rich and diverse and is there any laws or regulations there to conserve the biodiversity?


For the IUCN Red List website, instead of typing Alberta from the search box, you could try the search filters on the left, then you will be able to see more species and their status!

Sam Pelkey
Oct 18, 2019

Hi Maria! Great job. I'd love to hear more about how the Phillipines' biodiversity differs from what you see in Edmonton!


Did you see Yuka's post for this activity? She also talked about the importance of keeping records on these species. Why do you think some species don't have records like these available? Maybe that's something to think about and leave a comment on Yuka's post describing why you think these records aren't available and what some possible solutions are (for instance, I know some researchers are crowdsourcing bird sightings through apps to keep track of populations and migrations... food for thought!)

P.S. Greta Thurnberg is in Edmonton right now as I write this. A very exciting time for young environmentalists!

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