Marlena Wyman asks what wildlife species are so adapted to city life that they depend on the city to survive? We decided to answer with a gameshow, pitting a cockroach, a magpie, an elm, and a hare against each other to claim the title of The Most Edmonton Species.
West Edmonton Mall cockroach – defended by Mike Jenkins, Coordinator of Pest Management for the City of Edmonton
American elm – defended by Jim Hole, founding member of Hole’s Greenhouses and Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture
Ghost magpie – defended by Jocelyn Hudon, Curator of Ornithology at the Royal Alberta Museum
White-tailed prairie hare – defended by Dale Gienow, Director of Wild Rescue at WILDNorth
- “‘Ghost magpies’ add intrigue to Edmonton’s urban wildlife” (Edmonton Journal – August 17, 2019)
- Myths of the Mall (Avenue Edmonton – February 12, 2013)
- Local family-run gardening company Hole’s Greenhouse sold (Global News Edmonton – October 28, 2019)