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Are we going to use plants that fit the decor, or plants that support life?

Let’s Bring It Home!

“Things are happening fast. It’s exciting, but we have to think quickly about how to act,” This remark, made by Larry Weaner, President of New Directions for American Landscapes, resonated soundly with the audience at the 2015 NDAL Symposium. Land, and species both animal and vegetable, are disappearing rapidly in direct correlation to one another. Giving thought to environmental science in our landscaping choices has become less an option than an imperative. The ecosystem services that give … [Read More...]

Native Plants

Prairie Clover

Less Honey Bee, More Native Bee

Stop with the honey bee talk. Every day I come across a half dozen new articles on the plight of the European honey bee -- it's become sheer agony for me. Frankly, even though neonics and glyphosate and modern farming techniques play a key role in honey bee loss (among many other life forms), I … [Read More...]

meadow covered with blue-purple flowers

Problem Wet Spots?

Wet spots in lawns and gardens can be problematic.  Lawns may grow ‘unsightly’ mosses and lichens and garden plants may rot and die in pools of water. Often these wet spots are seasonal and appear after snowmelt or heavy rains.  Frequently these water-logged depressions totally dry out later in the … [Read More...]

Tumbling flower beetles on magnolia blossom
© Beatriz Moisset

Ancient Blooms, Ancient Pollinators

When we think of pollinators, the first ones that come to mind are bees. However, when the first flowers appeared on the planet there were no bees in sight. It would be several million years before they would enter the scene. Butterflies would take even longer. So, who in the world was visiting … [Read More...]

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Native Bees, Butterflies, and other Insects

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Cuckoo Bees: Invading the Nest of a Bee Near You

Cuckoo bees are named after the European cuckoo bird that lays its eggs in the nests of other birds. A North American example would be the brown-headed cowbird that lays its eggs in the nests of other birds. Other terms for this practice are brood parasitism or cleptoparasitism. Why would a … [Read More...]

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How Prairie Saves Lives

It's flyover country out here in Nebraska. Each spring millions of waterfowl come through on their way to breeding grounds in the Dakotas (some 90% of North American ducks breed there), Canada, and the arctic circle. 90 minutes west of here is a pretty famous migration that brings in big tourist … [Read More...]

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Wildlife Gardens

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Water in the Winter Wildlife Garden

Wildlife needs are pretty basic: food, cover, and water. Posts at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens often address FOOD in the way of native nectar plants and native berry-producing plants. I’ve had fun addressing COVER: how you can help birds and other wildlife avoid becoming a predator’s next … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

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Twigs and Thickets

Chickadees are nervous little things. We have a feeder near our kitchen window during the winter months and enjoy watching them, along with finches and sparrows, flitting to the feeder, grabbing a sunflower seed, and darting away just as quickly to a nearby perch where they’ll strip off the husk and … [Read More...]

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My Evolution as a Hunter

Marquette County, where I call home, boasts the third highest deer density in the state of Wisconsin. Last I checked, numbers are bumping 50 deer per square mile. Not surprising given the habitat. The mosaic of cropland interspersed with fragmented woodlots and wetlands, considered prime by the deer … [Read More...]

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Are we going to use plants that fit the decor, or plants that support life?

Let’s Bring It Home!

“Things are happening fast. It’s exciting, but we have to think quickly about how to act,” This remark, made by Larry Weaner, President of New Directions for American Landscapes, resonated soundly with the audience at the 2015 NDAL Symposium. Land, and species both animal and vegetable, are … [Read More...]

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Natives for Your Yard

Happy New Year to all our readers! Maybe it seems late to offer this greeting, but it leads to the topic of my blog today. Many folks celebrate the new year with alcohol, late night parties and ample noise. In our family we celebrate the new year with quiet and a visit with nature. A traditional … [Read More...]

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Water in the Winter Wildlife Garden

Wildlife needs are pretty basic: food, cover, and water. Posts at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens often address FOOD in the way of native nectar plants and native berry-producing plants. I’ve had fun addressing COVER: how you can help birds and other wildlife avoid becoming a predator’s next … [Read More...]

Prairie Clover

Less Honey Bee, More Native Bee

Stop with the honey bee talk. Every day I come across a half dozen new articles on the plight of the European honey bee -- it's become sheer agony for me. Frankly, even though neonics and glyphosate and modern farming techniques play a key role in honey bee loss (among many other life forms), I … [Read More...]

meadow covered with blue-purple flowers

Problem Wet Spots?

Wet spots in lawns and gardens can be problematic.  Lawns may grow ‘unsightly’ mosses and lichens and garden plants may rot and die in pools of water. Often these wet spots are seasonal and appear after snowmelt or heavy rains.  Frequently these water-logged depressions totally dry out later in the … [Read More...]

Tumbling flower beetles on magnolia blossom
© Beatriz Moisset

Ancient Blooms, Ancient Pollinators

When we think of pollinators, the first ones that come to mind are bees. However, when the first flowers appeared on the planet there were no bees in sight. It would be several million years before they would enter the scene. Butterflies would take even longer. So, who in the world was visiting … [Read More...]