Tips for when to collect pods

Monarchs are easily recognized by most for their bright orange wings and fascinating migration pattern. Each year it takes at least 4 generations of monarchs to travel from Canada to Mexico in the fall and back to Canada in the spring. Along the way each generation must lay eggs, grow into caterpillars, form a cocoon with pupa, and... read more

Many urban and suburban headwater streams have lost most or all of their ecological and landscape functions.

Every river begins somewhere – its headwaters. Even the largest of rivers starts as a network of small headwater streams, many of which are small enough to cross with a single step, or don’t even have flowing water year-round. And while we often marvel at the power and beauty of rivers, their headwaters seem to invoke little but... read more

Treated cattails in a micropool.

Some people might be saying, "Ugh, not invasive plants again!" It is a topic some of us hear about over and over, but I think it is a topic that can't be talked about enough. As much as it is discussed, I am occassionally surprised to find someone who doesn't know what phragmities is for example. Invasive plants... read more

Lilac - April 18

For the past 10 years I have been trying to get a handle on my inherited crazy yard. It was overgrown with weeds (still fighting those), terrible soil, and void of any organization. As I incorporate more plants into the small gardens, I’m careful to be sure I plant so that something is blooming throughout the Spring, Summer... read more

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What does erosion and sediment control have to do with woolly mammoths? The answer is illegal tusk hunting in the permafrost regions of Siberia resulting in the destruction of land and sediment clogged waterways. Today's blog is a repost of some recent articles about people hunting for ancient woolly mammoth tusks buried and preserved in the permafrost of Siberia.... read more