Episode 39 – The Most Edmonton Species

(L-R) Marlena Wyman grills contestants Mike Jenkins, Jim Hole, Jocelyn Hudon, and Dale Gienow
(L-R) Marlena Wyman grills contestants Mike Jenkins, Jim Hole, Jocelyn Hudon, and Dale Gienow

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.

(L-R) Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, Marlena Wyman, Mike Jenkins, Jocelyn Hudon, Jim Hole, and Dale Gienow
(L-R) Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, Marlena Wyman, Mike Jenkins, Jocelyn Hudon, Jim Hole, and Dale Gienow

Our contestants

A very red cockroach on a shell-looking background
An example of the Australian cockroach (Periplaneta australasiae) (Photo: Mark Yokoyama)

West Edmonton Mall cockroach – defended by Mike Jenkins, Coordinator of Pest Management for the City of Edmonton

Elm trees with orange foliage in a row
A street full of American elms (Photo: Kurt Bauschardt)

American elm – defended by Jim Hole, founding member of Hole’s Greenhouses and Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture

A white-grey magpie sits beside a conventional black-billed magpie
A ghost magpie beside a conventional black-billed magpie (Photo: Gordon Skutle)

Ghost magpie – defended by Jocelyn Hudon, Curator of Ornithology at the Royal Alberta Museum

A hare looks over its shoulder
White tailed prairie hare (Photo: Connor Mah)

White-tailed prairie hare – defended by Dale Gienow, Director of Wild Rescue at WILDNorth

Further Reading

This episode is made possible by support from Taproot Edmonton and the Edmonton Historical Board.

We also gave shout-outs in the episode to Unit B Coworking and The Well-Endowed Podcast.

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