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Purple prairie clover is just one in a long list of native species on rangelands that have ‘co-evolved’ with native pollinators.

You want pollinators to make their home on your range

There is a buzz on range-and pasture lands. And we really need to pay attention to native pollinators and the benefits that they provide, says a rangeland ecologist. “Pollinators are critical to rangelands themselves, and the plants that are there,” said Cameron Carlyle, an assistant professor at the University of Alberta, who is not only

Martha Bergman (front) was the visionary behind planting a garden in Winkler to create habitat for the endangered monarch butterfly. Members of the Winkler Horticultural Society and Winkler Art Gallery shared her vision. Also pictured are Betty Klassen (l to r) Margaret Penner, Tim Klassen, Valerie Harder, Sue Denison and Tanya Waino.

Putting the petal to the metal

A 500-lb. monarch butterfly is now featured in the newly planted butterfly garden next to the Winkler Art Gallery. The gallery is Winkler’s former water treatment plant

Planting a butterfly garden is a bit like hosting a party. You get everything ready, then hope those you invited show up. Members of the Winkler Horticultural Society are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of their orange and black attired guests to their own ‘garden party.’ This spring the group created a specially designed butterfly-friendly


How to create an inviting butterfly garden

How to create an inviting butterfly garden

With a little planning you can create an area to attract these pollinators

The monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable species in North America but the numbers of monarchs have decreased significantly over the last 20 years. Why is this butterfly so important? Monarch butterflies act as pollinators. They act as natural pest control, playing an important role in their food cycle — acting as prey

(Photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

No need seen for new EU rules to protect butterflies from GM crops

Brussels | Reuters — European food safety officials found there was no need to widen buffer zones around genetically modified (GM) crops even though research shows pollen from GM maize can travel kilometres further than previously thought. The buffer zones to protect vulnerable species, such as butterflies, have been part of heated debate in Europe