CANOPY THINNING – REFORESTATION 101

As the glaciers receded from our region over 12,000 years ago, Native Americans moved into the landscape and began shaping it with fire.  They burned the woodlands, savannas, wetlands, and prairies regularly to promote the growth of food plants and to attract game...

GARLIC MUSTARD – A SPRING PROJECT

Garlic mustard flowers in early spring and then broadcasts its seeds.  This is the time to remove it.Each garlic mustard plant produces thousands of seeds that are believed to be dispersed by the fur of animals such as deer and squirrels and by people.  The plant...

Woodland Animals In The Winter

Animal species have two general approaches to winter: migration and adaptation. Migration. Many birds migrate by flying south. Some mammals and fish migrate to warmer climates. Even insects migrate. Some butterflies and moths fly great distances. Other insects, such...

Why Plant Natives

WHY PLANT NATIVESNative plants are those that occur naturally in the region in which they evolved.  Without them and the insects that co-evolved with them, local birds cannot survive. For example, research by the entomologist Doug Tallamy has shown that native oak...

Ticks & Mosquitoes – Be Careful Out There

According to a May 2018 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites have tripled in the U.S. from 2004 through 2016. The report states that, since many infections are not recognized or reported, it’s...