For Explorers

Now that you’ve learned about pollinators, go out and see them yourself! There are lots of parks and protected areas where you can appreciate these increasingly rare organisms. Some of the best books and additional websites that will help you identify what you see are listed below. If you’ve got a smartphone, consider adding photographs of the species you see to our PlantSpotting App.


Great museum exhibits on prairie ecosystems may be found at:

Parks and protected areas to visit

Many national, provincial, regional and even urban and suburban parks protect prairie habitats and have hiking trails where you can view wild plants and pollinators. Some of these parks also have small interpretive centers.

National and Provincial Parks




Private Nature Preserves

The Nature Conservancy of Canada ( owns and manages prairie preserves throughout the prairies, including the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve in southeastern Manitoba, the Old Man on His Back preserve in southwestern Saskatchewan and the OH Ranch in southern Alberta. Many of their preserves can be visited by the public.

Urban and Suburban Native Prairie Parks

Prairie preserves don’t just occur in the countryside; many small parks occur in and around major prairie cities as well.

Calgary, Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta

Medicine Hat, Alberta

Regina, Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

St. Albert, Alberta

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Books to help you identify plants and pollinators


  • Ames, D., P.B. Acheson, L. Heshka, B. Joyce, J. Neufeld, R. Reeves, E. Reimer and I. Ward. 2005. Orchids of Manitoba. Native Orchid Conservation Inc., Winnipeg, MB.
  • Johnson, D., L. Kershaw, A. MacKinnon and J. Pojar. 1995. Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland. Lone Pine, Edmonton, AB.
  • Kershaw, L.J. 2003. Alberta Wayside Wildflowers. Lone Pine, Edmonton, AB.
  • Kershaw, L.J. 2003. Manitoba Wayside Wildflowers. Lone Pine, Edmonton, AB.
  • Kershaw, L.J. 2003. Saskatchewan Wayside Wildflowers. Lone Pine, Edmonton, AB.
  • Kershaw, L.J., J. Gould, D. Johnson and J. Lancaster. 2001. Rare Vascular Plants of Alberta. University of Alberta Press, Edmonton, AB.
  • Reaume, T. 2009. 620 Wild Plants of North America. Nature Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB.
  • Royer, F. and R. Dickinson. 2007. Plants of Alberta. Lone Pine, Edmonton, AB.
  • Vance, F.R., J.R. Jowsey, J.S. McLean, and F.A. Switzer. 1984. Wildflowers Across the Prairies. Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC.


  • Acorn, J. 1993. Butterflies of Alberta. Lone Pine, Edmonton, AB.
  • Acorn, J., and I. Sheldon. 2000. Bugs of Alberta. Lone Pine, Edmonton, AB.
  • Bland, R.G. and H.E. Jacques. 1978. How to Know the Insects. 3rd Edition. Wm. C. Brown Company Publishers, Dubuque, Iowa, USA.
  • Imes, R. 2000. Beginner’s Guide to Entomology. Chancellor Press, London, UK.
  • Klasssen, P., A.R. Westwood, W.B. Preston and W.B. McKillop. 1989. The Butterflies of Manitoba. The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg, MB.
  • Layberry, R.A., P.W. Hall and J.D. Lafontaine. 1998. The Butterflies of Canada. University of Toronto Press Inc., Toronto, ON.
  • Marshall, S.A. 2006. Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity. Firefly Books, Richmond Hill, ON.
  • McAlpine, J.F., B.V. Peterson, G.E. Shewell, H.J. Teskey, J.R. Vockeroth, and D.M. Wood (Coordinators). 1981. Manual of Nearctic Diptera Volumes 1 & 2. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada, Monograph Nos. 27 and 28. Canadian Government Publishing Centre, Hull, Quebec.
  • White, R.E., D.J. Borror, A.C. Borror and R.T. Peterson. 1998. A Field Guide to Insects. Houghton Mifflin Co. Boston, MA.

Websites to help you identify plants and pollinators

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