Nationally known entomologist and Wild Ones Honorary Director Doug Tallamy, Ph.D, will speak in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Wednesday, March 30th and Thursday, March 31st. I’ve heard Dr Tallamy speak at least four times and I’m looking forward to hearing him again. Hopefully we’ll get an update on some of the research projects in which he and his graduate students are now involved. Maryann Whitman, recently retired Wild Ones Journal Editor, published a brief update referencing Dr Tallamy’s findings in the JanFeb 2016 issue on the critical roles plants play in nature by supporting food webs. [Read more…]
I thought you might be interested to know that the Wisconsin DNR has on-line “chats” on various topics throughout the year. I discovered this when I was looking for information on the recent coyote kill of cattle which had originally been blamed on wolves. That search led me to an interesting chat on coyotes.
Farmers and hunters in Wisconsin (and probably elsewhere) are always so eager to blame the wolf for any animal kills. Wolves and coyotes share the same red meat diet – wild animals. But as more and more of their habitat is taken away, both wolves and coyotes may find that beef is a good substitute.
In the list for future chats, I noticed there will be one on Wisconsin’s Native Plants held on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 12:00PM CST. If you’re interested in participating sign-up for a one day reminder.
Wildflowers along with pollinators and monarchs all share the same loss of habitat that the wolves and the coyotes do. There is much we can do to restore habitat in our our yards. See Gardening for Life and Welcoming Wildlife Into the Garden with Native Plants by Doug Tallamy.
Just a few short weeks ago we got the wonderful news that the number of hectares the monarchs used for their winter quarters in Mexico had increased from last year. During the last couple of days, we’ve gotten the dismal news that severe winter weather has once again threatened their very existence with ice pellets and sleet at El Rosario, Michoacan. Other impacted areas include Chincua, Angangueo and surrounding communities. This is the worst storm since 2002. Hope with me that the monarchs who have already started their migration have gotten past the territory hit by this cold snap.
This is the time of year that U.S. Southwest deserts are in bloom with their spectacular wildflower displays — just in time for the northeastern monarch migration. Right now Death Valley National Park is experiencing a superbloom. Wildflowers blanket the desert landscape in a sea of gold, purple and white – a rare occurrence caused by last fall’s high rain amounts.
Similar wildflower floral displays are going on in other California deserts as well as those in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Texas. Unfortunately, these colorful wildflowers will start to wane as the desert heat and drought become more imminent, but they’ll be replaced with equally awesome desert native plant displays. [Read more…]