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13 10, 2022

Restoration Blog: Final Touches on Prairie Restoration

October 13th, 2022|News, News and Events, StMU Stories|

At the beginning of the 2022 field season, the prairie restoration team seeded native grasses on the newly bare ground of our restoration site. Over the summer, with lots of sun and careful watering, these seeds have grown in nicely, coving the site with patches of native grass. After this seeding, there was still a [...]

30 08, 2022

Alumni Spotlight: Mikayla Pritchard

August 30th, 2022|News, News and Events, StMU Stories|

As a budding photographer and communications professional, esteemed St. Mary’s University alumna Mikayla Pritchard shares with us her near ‘picture’ perfect experience as a student at StMU. A recent grad, Mikayla graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, concentrating in Sociology and Political Science this year at our first in-person convocation ceremony since [...]

23 08, 2022

StMU Prairie Restoration Blog: Leaf Pressing on Campus

August 23rd, 2022|News, News and Events, StMU Stories|

  On Sunday, August 21st, the StMU prairie restoration team held its third event, inviting attendants to create art using pressed and fresh plants. Everyone selected the plants they wanted to make art with, placed them in between two pieces of blotting paper, and then smashed them with a hammer! This process led to a [...]

11 08, 2022

Native Plants on the StMU Campus: Prairie Restoration Blog

August 11th, 2022|News, StMU Stories|

In these posts, we have talked about how growing native plants is an important part of the prairie restoration occurring on campus, but we have never gone into detail of which native plants we have introduced to the area. To choose the plants that would be incorporated into our restoration, we considered what species grew [...]

22 07, 2022

StMU honoured to send delegation to upcoming papal visit

July 22nd, 2022|Campus Ministry, Community, Featured Articles, FNMI, News, News and Events, StMU Stories|

St. Mary’s University is honoured to be sending a delegation of local Indigenous Elders and StMU staff, alumni, and students to meet with Pope Francis during his pastoral visit to Edmonton later this month. This papal visit will be like no other, and serves as an opportunity for Pope Francis to listen and connect with [...]

20 07, 2022

Prairie Restoration Blog: Restoration and Native Bees

July 20th, 2022|News, Science, StMU Stories, Uncategorized|

Eastern pasqueflower (Pulsatilla patens), a species of native flower found in Fish Creek Provincial Park. Native species such as Eastern pasqueflower, Northern bedstraw and silky lupin are often pollinated by native bee species. Last week we talked about Richardson’s ground squirrels, a species of vertebrate that plays an important role in prairie ecosystems. [...]

28 06, 2022

Prairie restoration blog: Background information

June 28th, 2022|News, StMU Stories, Uncategorized|

A patch of remnant prairie in Fish Creek Provincial Park. Species pictured include dogbane, northern bedstraw, and shrubby potentilla. A seedling of the native flowers cutleaf anemone (Anemone multifida) As you may have read in our announcement post, an exciting prairie restoration project is occurring this summer on the St. Mary’s [...]

21 06, 2022

First steps in Prairie Restoration at St. Mary’s University

June 21st, 2022|Community, Featured Articles, News, News and Events, STMU Stories, StMU Stories|

Prairies are landscapes dominated by grasses, flowering plants & some shrubs. See the above image for a view of remnant prairie in Fish Creek PP. There are several species of grasses – note the differences in leaf colour - some are bluer than others. There are also several species of flowering plants – creamy heads [...]

14 06, 2022

Prairie Restoration at St. Mary’s University

June 14th, 2022|Community, Featured Articles, News, News and Events, StMU Stories|

  A few years ago, Dr. Mary Ann McLean, associate professor of biology at StMU, was walking along the hill that runs behind McGivney Hall down to Bannister Road when she noticed something. Mixed in with the lawn grass growing on the slope were dozens of native plant species. This sparked an idea for a [...]

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