The Switch: Winter Planting For Wildlife

A red fox (Vulpes vulpes) sits among native plant species.
Photo by Claude Laprise / Getty Images

It’s grey, generally cold, damp, and rather unpleasant in early February across Canada. Fortunately, it’s a great time of year to get outside and start planting! Now, I know I’m out on a bit of a limb here, but late winter and early spring are actually ideal for sowing many vital, native plant species across Canada. To tie this into how it helps wildlife and the environment briefly, many of the species we’ll be talking about are essential to pollinators. Learn more by clicking play below!

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Episode photo by Claude Laprise / Getty Images

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