My family and I just got done with a whopping 22 days on the Colorado River – floating, running rapids, hiking, unloading and loading boats, and eating great meals in the Grand Canyon. The private permit I applied for in the mid-90s finally came up. Along with endless stunning views along the way, bats, birds, other animals and insects, and plant life were doing great, especially after plentiful monsoon rains. Here is a gallery of photos – click on the photo for the full view. [Read more…]
I’ve written a number of articles on how native plants usher in wildlife. I read an interesting article, “Grow Native Plants” in The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Spring 2014 Living Bird Magazine, which gives a simple recipe for attracting warblers, the well-loved but evasive group of songbirds. Plant native plants. [Read more…]
I’ve been besieged with a lot of email petitions recently about a pesticide called neonicotinoids (neonics for short), found in some plants sold by nurseries, which has been shown to kill bees, butterflies and other pollinators – so the word is definitely out. When pollinators visit the flowers or caterpillars eat the leaves of the pre-treated plant, they die. There’s a concern to humans too, as herbs also are being sprayed (see example below). So what can we do? I received info from the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) in Seattle WA, regarding questions people should ask their nurseries.
I haven’t been able to finish some articles I’ve started (sometimes work gets in the way …) but I’ve been blessed with wonderful moments in nature the last several months – so here they are along with short explanations. [Read more…]
We have a mulberry tree growing outside our property in the back alley, and a lot of wildlife scat hinted that we weren’t the only critters eating the fruit. So we put the camera up last night and here is what’s also enjoying the mulberries, which are so plentiful they drop to the ground. We’re so glad we live along a wildlife corridor. [Read more…]
I admit to not reading some environmental news because it can get so depressing. So, here’s some recent positive news, including two in California. One thing I do appreciate about living in California is the state is a leader in environmental thinking.