Program 71

AIRDATE:12/03/02

PROMO: ACA Plant Ecologist Annette Baker searches for remnants of native grasses in the Peace Country

With hardly any native grasslands left in the Peace, the ACA's Cameron Broatch is having a hard time finding the dancing grounds for sharp-tailed grouse

Biologist Margot Hervieux looks for butterflies that depend on native grasses around Grande Prairie and Peace River

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TITLE: Annette Baker, Plant Ecologist, Alberta Conservation Association, Peace River
SUBJECT: #71 Native Grasslands: Remnants of the Grande Prairie
SYNOPSIS: Native grasses once covered about 1.4 million hectares of northern prairie between Grande Prairie and Peace River. Less than a century later, less than 1 percent remain. Homesteading led to intensive agriculture and the loss of native grassland. Plant ecologist Annette Baker works with the Alberta Conservation Association in Peace River. This past summer she has been documenting the tiny pockets of native grassland that still exist.

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TITLE: Cameron Broatch, Wildlife Technician, Alberta Conservation Association, Peace River
SUBJECT: #71 Native Grasslands: Where are the Sharp-Tailed Grouse?
SYNOPSIS: Once abundant, the population of plains sharp-tailed grouse has severely declined in northwest Alberta. The sharp-tailed grouse is dependent on undisturbed native grasslands for cover and nesting sites. An interesting feature of the sharp-tailed grouse is its mating dance. These grouse return to the exact same spot year after year to perform what naturalist Cameron Broatch of the Alberta Conservation Association calls "a foot stomping rendition of Stampede Wrestling".

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TITLE: Margot Hervieux, Biologist , ACA Butterfly Researcher, and President, Peace Parkland Naturalist Society
SUBJECT: #71 Native Grasslands: Butterflies of the Peace
SYNOPSIS: Several species of butterflies in northern Alberta are dependent on native grasses to complete their lifecycle. But there are only tiny remnant patches left of the once mighty Grande Prairie. With funding from the Alberta Conservation Association, biologist Margot Hervieux is researching butterflies in the Kleskun Hills and around Peace River.

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