Posts Categorized: Pollinators

New Monarch Watch Citizen Scientist Project

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Citizen Scientists Project Monarch Watch is seeking the immediate assistance of hundreds of monarch enthusiasts (citizen scientists) in collecting observations of monarchs in their area during the spring and fall. This project is an attempt to assemble quantitative data on monarch numbers at critical times during the breeding season. The data from these observations will more »

The 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year, and Other Milkweeds You Should Know

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Perennial Plant of the Year Each year since 1990, the Perennial Plant Association has designated a “Perennial Plant of the Year.” The designation has become well known amongst growers, landscapers, gardeners, and others who eagerly await the announcement each year. Selection often launches the chosen plant into the mainstream, making it more widely available. While more »

International Year of Soils

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The UN declared 2015 the International Year of Soils.  NRCS has put out a great little 2 minute video about soil.  It includes fantastic views of a variety of landscapes and the soil — views you wouldn’t expect. Top Inch of Soil    Soil is the most misunderstood component of our livelihood on Earth.  Read what more »

Roadside Resources

Posted by & filed under Invasive plants, Landscaping with Native Plants, Pollinators.

Reference Pollinator Roadsides Provision Funded post. Ohio DOT has been doing IVM for sometime already.  We thought their recent webinar on “The Economic and Ecological Effects of Roadside Mowing” might be on interest to you.  It provides some good information for you to use with your own local highway maintenance crews. Another good resource is the more »

Pollinator Roadsides Provision Funded

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Reference Wild Ones post One Step Forward for Pollinators  The provision encouraging pollinator habitat along roadsides stayed in the FAST Act and was overwhelming approved by both House and Senate and signed into law Friday, Dec 4th by President Obama.  That means government will continue to develop more habitat for pollinators and has provided for funding more »

For the Birds

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Collisions with glass windows kill millions of birds each year.  American Bird Conservancy’s (ABC) Bird-Smart Glass Program offers some solutions to help homeowners prevent collisions. But there’s more to keeping birds safe. “Creating bird-friendly yards are also important” says Wild One Mariette Nowak. Our native birds evolved with native plants so they depend upon native landscaping not only for food, but more »

SFE Grant Applications Due

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Bonnie Vastag

The Wild Ones Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program applications are due October 15th so if you’re a non-profit organization that is planning to develop an outdoor learning center using native plants and you’re looking for funding, consider applying for this grant. Funds can only be used for plants and seeds, but we’ll find a more »

Monarch Release at WILD Center

Posted by & filed under 2014 Annual Conference Blog, Annual Meeting Weekend, Landscaping with Native Plants, Pollinators, Wild for Monarchs.

Several Wild Ones members brought their monarch chrysalises along to our recent Annual Conference at the WILD Center, so we had the good fortune to see several monarch butterflies released.  View the video of a monarch release and let us know your thoughts about the potential loss of the monarch butterfly in the Midwest by commenting to more »