conservation

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. 

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’.

Beechnuts - Superfood for Bears & Other Wildlife

Beechnuts -  Superfood for Bears & Other Wildlife

Beechnuts have about twice as much protein and calories per edible portion as compared to acorns. That’s amazing, isn’t it?!   They really do pack a nutritional punch that can make a world of difference for wildlife as they go in to a harsh Maine winter.

Baby Bats Need Love Too

Baby Bats Need Love Too

These furry, winged mammals have been the subject of so much mythology, lore, and horror stories – it’s hard to know where to begin. For starters, there’s the old-wives’ tale that bats often get tangled up in long hair (simply untrue), and let’s not forget the widely held belief that most bats have rabies and will attack. Like other wild animals, bats can contract rabies but less than ½ of 1% of bats actually have the disease. It is rare to be bitten by a bat because they are shy and avoid people, biting only in self-defense if handled.