The Wonder of Wild Bees (Super-pollinators Part 1)

The Wonder of Wild Bees (Super-pollinators Part 1)

Pollinators are in significant decline due to a combination of factors including loss of habitat, disease, parasites, and environmental contaminants. However, honey bees have received most of the attention. Our domesticated honey bees pollinate many of our crops and provide valuable honey, but they are not native here. They were brought over from Europe about four hundred years ago and their numbers are vast (almost 3 million hives in the U.S. alone). We have over 4,000 species of native bees in North America that have co-evolved with our native plants over millions of years, many of which are experiencing catastrophic declines.

Wildlife Habitat Design in A Wounded World

Wildlife Habitat Design in A Wounded World

In today’s blog, we’ll explore what “ecosystem health” really means, review the biggest stressors acting on our wildlife populations today, and then I’ll offer some simple things you can do right now to help restore health and ecological integrity to the ecosystem right outside your own back door – and the front door, too! 

“Intelligent Tinkering” - How to Boost Biodiversity at Home (Leopold’s Wise Words Part 2)

“Intelligent Tinkering” - How to Boost Biodiversity at Home  (Leopold’s Wise Words Part 2)

Armed with the right tools and knowledge, we can intelligently tinker to restore the health of our ecosystems and secure a more stable future for wildlife – from bees to bears, and everything in between.

Carnivore Coexistence (Leopold's Wise Words - Part 1)

Carnivore Coexistence (Leopold's Wise Words - Part 1)

Our great challenge is to take a step back from the narrow focus of our daily human lives and recognize that in order to sustain our growing human population on this precious planet, we must learn to coexist with the wild world that is the basis for our existence. 

Dead and Dying Trees are Key to Life

Dead and Dying Trees are Key to Life

Dead or partially dead standing trees (snags) and cavity trees (live or partially dead trees with cavities) are important to the life cycle and habitat needs of over 40 species of birds and mammals, and countless species of insects and fungi. 

 

 

A Top Threat to Biodiversity: Invasive Plants

A Top Threat to Biodiversity: Invasive Plants

In order to conserve biodiversity and wildlife habitat, we must take swift action to protect and release native plants from the aggressive competition and bullying behavior of non-native invasives - and there is no time to waste.

Hallowed Habitat

Hallowed Habitat

Typical Halloween decorations, stories, and traditions invariably include “spooky” wildlife such as owls, bats, and spiders (oh my!). However, I invite you, my dear reader, to focus on these creatures in a fresh, new way this Hallow’s Eve, by providing them with ‘Hallowed Habitat’.