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SEAWA Education: Biodiversity in Riparian Areas

posted Oct 6, 2018, 6:05 AM by Action for Agriculture
Sign-in: 8:00 am
Speakers: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Location:
Medicine Hat College - Crowfoot Room
299 College Drive SE Medicine Hat

A continental breakfast and light lunch will be provided.

Riparian areas occur at the transition between land and water bodies (i.e. streams and lakes). A healthy riparian area provides many biological and social ecosystem services. Healthy riparian areas support water quality improvement, floodwater conveyance and storage, and bank and shoreline stabilization. They also provide social and recreational opportunities and habitat for unique plants, fish, birds and other animals. These services are an important part of the overall function of a watershed. 

Speakers from the Government of Alberta, Calgary Zoological Society, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the private sector will highlight the importance of diverse species of plants and animals for riparian areas. Topics will include research on Russian olive trees, northern leopard frogs, rattlesnake hibernacula, and local riparian restoration projects, among other things. 
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