Posts Categorized: What’s New

Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea): The Inside Story

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The National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) reports that millions of U.S. families plan to focus their holiday traditions around a real Christmas tree. This means that a lot of real trees will be sold this year starting in mid-November. The Balsam fir is one of the best-loved Christmas trees and is number three in the more »

EPA/USDA Pollinator Health Listening Sessions & Comments

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On June 20, 2014, President Obama issued a directive to federal agencies to create a federal strategy to promote honey bee and other pollinator health. The Pollinator Health Task Force is soliciting input on best management practices including pesticide risk mitigation, public-private partnerships, research, education opportunities, pollinator habitat improvements, and other actions that should  be considered more »

How Insects Work

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Insects are invertebrates that have six legs and three main body parts: head, thorax and abdomen. Millions of insects are found throughout the world, from tropical to artic areas. Some insects, like butterflies and moths, have four wings which are covered with scales and a coiled tube mouthpart. Beetles have hard, often colorful wings over more »

Neighborhood Streams

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Reprinted from the Backyard Naturalist by Craig Tufts. If you remember your favorite childhood haunts, you undoubtedly recall the magic of small streams, tiny ponds, and intermittent rivulets. The streams of our neighborhood were where my brother, other neighborhood children and I exercised out fledgling engineering skills. We built a new Panama Canal – in more »

Buckthorn, Birds, and Diarrhea

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Along with its other sins, does buckthorn cause diarrhea in foraging birds? This has been a topic of discussion and disagreement for some time. There is finally some research that sheds light on the subject. The answer is: yes, no, maybe, sometimes, and it depends. Buckthorns, plants of the genus Rhamnus, produce a metabolite identified more »

The Sex Life of Jack-in-the-Pulpit

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By: Maryann Whitman It’s often said that the Jack-in-the-pulpit changes its sex as it ages. Is that really true?  Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum), was among the first plants that I started from seed, under the tutelage of Roberta Case. (Some members of the Michigan Chapters of wild Ones may remember Roberta Case “Boots,” who passed away more »

Wild Ones Honorary Director

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We are sorry to have to pass this information along, but Dr. Tom Barnes has passed away. For those of you who got to meet him at this August’s conference weekend, we you were as inspired as we were by getting to know him. He will certainly be missed by the Kentucky community, but he will also more »