The Wagner Natural Area is made up of over 540 acres of protected land just 6.5 km west of the Edmonton city limits. It was established in 1971, when the Government of Alberta purchased 320 acres of land from a local farmer, Mr. William Wagner. The calcareous fen wetland plants and marl pond habitats are unique and ecologically important. Since then, various groups have provided additional plots of land, including the Nature Conservancy of Canada Alberta, which has added another 100 acres of protected land to the natural area since 1984. The Wagner Natural Area is home to a wide range of plants and animals, including, fish, reptile and amphibian, birds, mammals, and over 2,000 insect species. Additionally, 16 of the 26 orchid species that occur in Alberta have been sighted at the Wagner Bog. This land is managed by the Wagner Natural Area Society.
Decodon, pontederia and buttonbush (Photo by Caroline Tanguay/NCC)