A Web site devoted to the conservation of native plants, from the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Native plants are an essential component in the biodiversity that sustains life on Earth. It is imperative that we improve their situation, and we can do so by understanding them better, actively fostering and conserving them, and sharing information.
Stimulating interested citizens to take action towards biodiversity conservation is the ultimate goal of this Web site. This goal is shared by a larger initiative, of which the site is a component: In 2002, the Canadian Centre for Biodiversity at the Canadian Museum of Nature, with the assistance of The Salamander Foundation, initiated Best Stewardship Practices at the Community Level: Enhancing Native Plant Biodiversity. The aim of this initiative is to improve understanding of native plant diversity and facilitate the sharing of information. It does so by encouraging communication, networking and collaboration among diverse groups and active individuals who are involved in environmental stewardship in their communities.
The Canadian Museum of Nature's Canadian Centre for Biodiversity is proud to present this Web site, which was generously funded by The Salamander Foundation.
Although a shrub, the beaked hazel (Corylus cornuta) is a member of the birch family. Male and female flowers are separate, but are on the same bush. This is a female flower, which is much smaller and more colourful than the male. The fruits ripen into edible nuts (hazelnuts) in autumn. For centuries, native peoples used the wood to make arrows, and in some areas the buds and roots were used to make a blue dye. In Canada, the plant is found in moist woods and thickets from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador.