Tag Archives: Butterflies

Native Plants Provide Fall Color & Feed Wildlife

Want to add some color to a small urban garden while helping out our native wildlife?  Try planting some native perennials. Below are a few of my favorites.   Bees need food throughout the growing season, and there are many native plants that can provide a late-season meal for pollinators. In this photo a bumblebee is Read More →

Monarch Caterpillar, Here’s Hoping You Make it to Mexico

I was delighted to find this monarch caterpillar in our garden today, munching away on some Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). We used to see monarchs on a regular basis, but in the last few years these visitors have become very rare in my wildlife garden. My own anecdotal observations match what scientists who study these beautiful orange, Read More →

Planting for Pollinators in DC on Earth Day

This morning commuters across the District were reminded it was Earth Day when representatives from the city’s Department of Energy & the Environment (DDOE) arrived at 13 different Metro stations to hand out seed packets. “Want some seeds to help us plant pollinators?” DDOE Director Tommy Wells repeatedly asked people on their way to work and Read More →

Help Document Global Biodiversity in the Great Nature Project

  Join the Great Nature Project National Geographic and the enthusiastic nature lovers working at iNaturalist.org have partnered to host a ten day international celebration of biodiversity. The goal of their “Great Nature Project” is to is to create a database of records that can be accessed by scientists, decision makers and the general public Read More →

Welcoming Wildlife to an Urban Garden

Welcoming Wildlife to Your Urban Garden Join me tomorrow, April 18, 2015 @ 2pm at Community Forklift in Edmonston, Maryland for a workshop about urban gardening for wildlife. FREE! City lots and balconies may be small, but the actions taken in our tiny backyards can add up to a big difference for creatures like dragonflies, Read More →

Bees at the Green Matters Symposium Feb 27

On February 27, 2015 I’ll be at the Green Matters Symposium in Silver Spring, MD. This year’s event will include lots of presentations on protecting pollinators, and I’ll be joining a panel of speakers to discuss bees. Copies of my book, Hives in the City: Keeping  Honey Bees Alive in an Urban World, will also be Read More →

Worried about Pollinators?  Now is the time to speak up

If you are worried about bees, butterflies, beetles, moths, and other pollinators, now is the time to speak up and submit comments to the US Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency. The two agencies held “listening sessions” last week to gather “stakeholder input” for the President’s new “Pollinator Health Task Force” regarding the Read More →

Native Plants for Fall Color — Even in November

Need Plants for Fall Color? Think Native and In November You’ll Enjoy the Show As the last of the leaves fall from the trees this month, several native plant species take center stage in the fields and along the forest’s edge, putting on one of the best color shows of the season. Many of those Read More →

Apartment living for Monarch Caterpillars

Liz Marshall wasn’t expecting to turn her entire apartment into an incubator  monarch caterpillars this summer.  She had only intended to help a few monarchs safely make their way from egg to pupa by protecting them in some small mesh pop-up carriers inside, away from predators. But when the plants she’d sprinkled along the driveway of her Read More →

What’s In Bloom: Abelia

Most of my postings for “What’s in Bloom” feature native plants.  I like to highlight the often-underused native species because they offer so much to native wildlife, including bees, butterflies, birds and moths.  Native plants have co-evolved with native critters;  the nutritional needs of the native animals often are completely in tune with the resources offered Read More →

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