The 2018 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series, hosted by the Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) and the USFWS National Conservation Training Center! is set to begin today at 1:00PM CST. Then on the 4th Tuesday of each month, they will present a new monarch conservation topic with expertise and experience from the MJV partnership and other organizations. [Read more…]
Archives for February 2018
There are good resources for helping us pick the right native plant for the right place on the nursery websites listed in my earlier post. There are also non-nursery on-line programs available to help with plant selection.
NATIVE PLANT SELECTION SOURCES
Audubon has a program called Native Plants Database. It’s easy to use. Just put in your e-mail address and zip code and a number of tabs pop up showing lists of native plants, what they host, local resources for native plants and next steps. It also references butterflies, caterpillars and birds use. [Read more…]
I’ve been spending a lot of time watching the Olympians — wishing I was younger and had their energy. I am thrilled when I see young people win one of the coveted Olympic medals and feel sad when they just miss the reward. Watching the Olympics is an easy way to take my mind off the goofy weather we have been having again this February. But deep down I know — regardless of the weather — soon we will be seeing the first spring ephemerals pop through the ground to thrill us with their energy as well.
I thought today I’d share some photos to brighten your day and thrill you with anticipation for spring. Enjoy! (Click on a photo. Then click on it again to enlarge it.)
Photos by Donna VanBueken.
This is the time of year native plant nurseries send me reminders about ordering native plants early. I look forward to receiving these notices since that means spring is on its way and soon we’ll be seeing the first buds on the trees and shrubs and the first spring ephemerals bursting through the ground.
Midwestern Nurseries & Landscape Ecologists
I’ve added landscapers to my list of nurseries this year. There are likely other local resources available to purchase native plants. However, when purchasing from sources which carry a variety of plants, please follow the Wild Ones local ecotype guidelines. [Read more…]