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We often spend part of our Sunday in our yard doing chores, picking produce, and maintaining our plants. One of those chores is often removing excessive hornworms from our tomatoes.   The trouble? Those hornworms are difficult to spot! That is, until we learned this one neat trick . . . Hornworms glow green under black light, while the tomato plant shows as a dull red. This makes the caterpillars stick out like neon sign on a dark desert road.  So, defend your yard without chemicals this…

We often spend part of our Sunday in our yard doing chores, picking produce, and maintaining our plants. One of those chores is often removing excessive hornworms from our tomatoes. The trouble? Those hornworms are difficult to spot! That is, until we learned this one neat trick . . . Hornworms glow green under black light, while the tomato plant shows as a dull red. This makes the caterpillars stick out like neon sign on a dark desert road. So, defend your yard without chemicals this…

Beavers are ecologically important keystone species. The wetlands created by their dam building provides prime habitat for a diversity of birds, aquatic plants, insects, amphibians and mammals. Learn more about the largest rodent in North America and land management considerations if you have them on your property, by exploring our new Learn article: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/got-beavers-land-management-considerations/

Beavers are ecologically important keystone species. The wetlands created by their dam building provides prime habitat for a diversity of birds, aquatic plants, insects, amphibians and mammals. Learn more about the largest rodent in North America and land management considerations if you have them on your property, by exploring our new Learn article: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/got-beavers-land-management-considerations/

It's peak wildflower season in arid locations in the U.S and we're having a tough time choosing our favorite desert wildflower. How about desert lupine, a gorgeous native that is very beneficial to pollinators?   Check out this desert wildflower report to see what native beauties are in bloom now: http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/wildupdates.html

It's peak wildflower season in arid locations in the U.S and we're having a tough time choosing our favorite desert wildflower. How about desert lupine, a gorgeous native that is very beneficial to pollinators? Check out this desert wildflower report to see what native beauties are in bloom now: http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/wildupdates.html

Remembering that we, too, are a part of nature is important.   Perhaps participating in citizen science brings us a little closer to that memory? It certainly helps create that record of nature's self-discovery....

Remembering that we, too, are a part of nature is important. Perhaps participating in citizen science brings us a little closer to that memory? It certainly helps create that record of nature's self-discovery....

Herbivores and plants send chemical signals back and forth. This signaling sometimes benefits the herbivore, sometimes benefits the plant, and sometimes benefits both. New research shows us that a third party often joins this dance--microbes. For ideas on how to deal with "pests" without insecticides in your gardens this spring and summer, explore this Learn article: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/insecticides/.

Herbivores and plants send chemical signals back and forth. This signaling sometimes benefits the herbivore, sometimes benefits the plant, and sometimes benefits both. New research shows us that a third party often joins this dance--microbes. For ideas on how to deal with "pests" without insecticides in your gardens this spring and summer, explore this Learn article: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/insecticides/.

Tent caterpillars can cause severe damage on deciduous trees and shrubs in the spring. Like everything in nature, there is a counter-balance. Black-billed Cuckoos happen to love these caterpillars. They will happily sample the insects while perched along one of these large, sticky nests. So, if you want to control your tent caterpillar populations, encourage habitat that supports cuckoos. To learn more about creating habitat for birds, explore YardMap: www.yardmap.org

Tent caterpillars can cause severe damage on deciduous trees and shrubs in the spring. Like everything in nature, there is a counter-balance. Black-billed Cuckoos happen to love these caterpillars. They will happily sample the insects while perched along one of these large, sticky nests. So, if you want to control your tent caterpillar populations, encourage habitat that supports cuckoos. To learn more about creating habitat for birds, explore YardMap: www.yardmap.org

Grey-headed Flying-foxes are listed as threatened under Australian law and are considered “vulnerable” because of a significant decline in numbers due to the loss of their feeding habitat due to deforestation. In the 80s, these bats started showing up in Melbourne. Researchers at the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology think that this is related to the amount of native vegetation planted in gardens & parks around the city.

Grey-headed Flying-foxes are listed as threatened under Australian law and are considered “vulnerable” because of a significant decline in numbers due to the loss of their feeding habitat due to deforestation. In the 80s, these bats started showing up in Melbourne. Researchers at the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology think that this is related to the amount of native vegetation planted in gardens & parks around the city.

Remember the beauty of the geese flocks

Remember the beauty of the geese flocks

Flight speed is usually studied in terms of shape and size of the bird and its activity -foraging, migrating, etc. Flock size appears to be a significant factor as well. Regardless of the species, the larger the flock is, the faster it will travel. Be sure your home habitat is productive and resourceful for local and migrating birds by providing these habitat features from Habitat Network: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/?s=Habitat+Feature&post_type=learn.

Flight speed is usually studied in terms of shape and size of the bird and its activity -foraging, migrating, etc. Flock size appears to be a significant factor as well. Regardless of the species, the larger the flock is, the faster it will travel. Be sure your home habitat is productive and resourceful for local and migrating birds by providing these habitat features from Habitat Network: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/?s=Habitat+Feature&post_type=learn.

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