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How To Attract Pollinators To Your Garden

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Looking for creative ways to attract pollinators to your garden?  Pollinators face a number of challenges, with habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change at the top of the list. What’s wonderful is, our gardens...

Make Your Own Bee Friendly Garden in 5 Easy Steps

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Create a bee friendly garden in just 5 easy steps. It was not a surprise but definitely a disappointment to read that bees have been added to the endangered species list for the 1st time....

What You Need To Know To Help Western Monarchs

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Helping western monarch butterflies is more important than ever before. Recent counts of overwintering western monarchs have revealed that their population is now below endangered species status. Once numbering around 4.5 million in the 1980’s,...

9 Learnings from the Butterfly Waystation at Portland Head Lighthouse

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  Somewhere along the way this summer, in between work and travel, I found myself here, at the Portland Head Lighthouse. I was happy to go for a walk, to be out of the car,...

Grow a Better Pollinator Garden

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  Flowers are the new black — they go with everything -- and the advent of the slow flower movement coupled with the revolution in wildlife gardening are leading the trend. Maybe we should call...

Eight Tips to Create a Butterfly Waystation

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We've been lucky this year. The honeybees, bumbles and native bees are regular visitors to the garden, but to see a butterfly feels like a treat. If I'm understanding the findings of the Urban Pollinator...

Pollination Design

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I was seven. It was my first summer living alone with my grandmother in the coastal foothills of Sonoma County, in the place I think of as my other home. Wild with the smell...

Frenzied Foraging

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The poppies have bloomed.  I have to say that they are suspiciously beautiful, in a way reminiscent of an Alice in Wonderland character.  Strangely fascinating.  The honeybees are particularly amazed. I'm already anticipating their day-after-Christmas blues when...

Five Friday Flowers

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The ephemeral nature of a garden is a crazy, worldly reminder of something amazing. I love it. From one visit to the next, one week or season to the next, it's an overflowing source of...

Pollinator Allure: Bumblebees & Native Plant Pollination

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  A bumblebee forages on Squaw Carpet, Ceanothus prostratus. Squaw Carpet, also known as Mahala Mat, is one of the first native plants to flower in the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada. If you...
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