We all know that the combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise prevents many health problems, and that performing routine maintenance activities such as oil changes and tune-ups keeps our cars running smoothly and prevents expensive repairs. The same is true for watersheds – at costs sometimes exceeding $500 per foot for stream restoration, keeping our rivers and... read more

Raccoon and skunk eating pet food.  Photo credit: MTLskyline

Living in a suburban environment one of the most common wildlife interactions for me has been with skunks and raccoons. I have even encountered raccoons in my house on a few occasions. How the young one ended up on the second floor remains a mystery. These critters are highly adaptable and exceptional scavengers. Not only do they make... read more

You want to clean this so bad, don't you? Settle down!! The critters will thank you!

Because I KNOW you remember my blog from October 13, 2015 about how it’s ok to be a lazy gardener and it’s better for your gardens to leave them messy over the Winter; or Claire’s blog from October 28, 2016 about leaving your flower beds and other landscaping in place over the Winter – because you so diligently... read more

Approaching dust storm. (Wikimedia)

During The Great Depression the plains states were ravaged by a decade long drought. Dust storms were not unusual but on Sunday, April 14th 1935 a storm blew up that would change history. The massive dust storm was reported to be 1000 miles long with wind speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The storm was comprised of 300,000... read more

Cross section of a functioning riparian (streamside) system

*This is the sixth post in a continuing series on backyard stream management.* What is a Floodplain and why are functional ones important? A floodplain is the flat, low lying area of land next to a river or stream that periodically floods at different points in time. Floodplains are hydrologically important, environmentally sensitive and ecologically productive areas that perform many... read more