The Edmonton YEGpie Flag
The Edmonton YEGpie flag features Edmonton’s most hated (but kind of loved) urban bird; the resourceful and hearty magpie. Not unlike the city it calls home, the magpie is an underrated, under-appreciated animal that we complain about but secretly think is kind of cool. With the YEGpie at its centre, horizontal bands of blue and green represent the mighty North Saskatchewan River and Edmonton’s Aspen Parkland forest.
YEGtrees Map: Edmonton’s favourite unique, historic, and delicious plants.
There’s something simultaneously very personal and completely public about having a favourite tree; it’s an interesting intersection between personal, urban, and natural history. Trees are rooted in place and to love a tree is, in some small way, to love where you are. To become a part of it.
For anyone who’s walked around Edmonton, you’ll know that the City’s urban forest is pretty impressive. But trees aren’t just nice to look at; they cast shade, store carbon, provide habitat for animals, soak up millions of litres of water, and (yes) some even grow food. [Read more…]
Urban Glaciers: In a world where glaciers are disappearing, could Northern Cities build them from scratch?
A slightly tongue-in-cheek, slightly serious look at what to do with all that snow.
If you visit Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) travel the city’s ring-road in search for giant mountains of snow. Often lasting well into Summer, some citizens have taken to betting when on when it’ll melt. What if Northern cities [Read more…]
Edmonton Beekeeping Pilot Opens Doors For Urban Beekeepers.
In the Summer of 2014, Edmonton rolled out the details of a new Edmonton Beekeeping pilot. Great news for would-be urban beekeepers! Though, before going into detail, let me preface this list with a quote from the Edmonton Journal and Mayor Don Iveson:
Since many cities already permit urban beekeeping, Mayor Don Iveson characterized the program as a “pilot” for functional reasons only, not just “dipping a toe in the water.” Projects will get the green light this summer, with administrators coming back to council next year with bylaw changes.
Join The Edmonton Swarm Catching Community
Before we begin – if you’re in the Edmonton area and there IS a swarm of bees outside your window, visit Report A Swarm Or Honeybee Colony.
What is a Swarm?
warming is a natural process that occurs when a colony of bees splits itself in two – swarming is how colonies reproduce. Usually triggered by a lack of space, honeybees will prepare to swarm by preparing to make a new
Swarming is most common in the Spring and early Summer when strong hives run our of space inside the hive. When this occurs, the colony will prepare a new queen before half of the bees and the current queen search of a new location. Once they’ve left the hive these (temporarily) homeless bees are referred to as a swarm.
The swarm usually settles on a branch (or other structure in the air) and ball together while individual bees search for a suitable hive locations; hollow tree trunks, old barn walls, etc. When a site is found, the colony flies to the new location where they begin building a new hive.
However, if you call someone familiar with swarm catching (local beekeeping, as an example) they can often capture the swarm and introduce it to a vacant hive. More often than not, the bees find the hive suitable and decide to stay. The hive can then be moved to the location of the beekeeper’s choosing. Here’s a video of the swarm catching process. This is a swarm that my father and I captured outside of Edmonton. Notice how docile the honeybees are; completely gorged on honey (think how you feel after a Thanksgiving meal) and primarily concerned with finding a new home, the bees don’t pay much attention to us.
Join The Edmonton Swarm Catchers’ List
If you want to become an Edmonton swarm catcher, sign up for the Edmonton Swarm Catchers Remind List and receive instant notifications of swarms in the area. As beekeepers, it’s not uncommon to get calls from the public when swarms appear. The Edmonton swarm catchers list provides a way for beekeepers to coordinate with each other when unavailable to
How it Works
Sign up for the Edmonton Swarm Catchers List in one of three ways:
Smartphone Push Notifications – From your phone, go to Remind.com and follow the on-screen directions.
Text Notifications – Text the world @yegswarm to the number (587) 333-7884.
Email Notifications – From a desktop computer, go to Remind.com and follow the directions.
If you’re called about a swarm and unable to catch it yourself, use Remind to send a message to the group. Conversely, swarms available for catching as posted to the group and you’ll be instantly notified. If you’re available to catch the swarm, send a reply and the group will be notified that you’ve got it covered.
City of Edmonton Considers Urban Beekeeping. An Interview With CBC Edmonton AM‘s Mark Connolly.
Mark: Ah yes, loves goes in hand in hand with those birds and bees does it? When it comes the backyards, though, not everyone loves the idea of birds or bees. yesterday we talked about the possibility of the city approving urban chickens. Today the city comes out with a report that [Read more…]
Edmonton’s Food Forest – An Edible Ecosystem in the River Valley
Save The Date! 2017 Planting set for August 26th, 2017
Each summer since 2014, hundred of volunteers descend into Edmonton’s river valley to add thousands of edible, native trees and shrubs to the City’s first publically planted food forest.
Located on the South facing slope of MacKinnon Ravine, the goal of the food forest is to [Read more…]
Urban Ag High Helps Edmonton Schools Establish Agriculture Programs
In recent years, the Edmonton area has seen an increase in schools pursuing urban agriculture (urban ag) initiatives. Traditionally run as extra-curricular activities or horticulture classes, urban ag is rapidly gaining interest among urban youth and educators. At the same time, while there are champions in schools across the city, existing administration and school boards may not always be aware of positives impacts of urban agriculture projects in schools.
Not only do school urban ag projects exemplify the guiding principles of Alberta Education’s Inspiring Education* document, they offer hands-on, experiential, student-lead, cross-curricular, and project based learning including: [Read more…]