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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 →

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 →

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 →

Swamp Milkweed for a City Garden Plot?

Monarch butterflies are constantly on my mind  as I walk through the garden and hike in the woods and along the local stream valleys lately. Sadly, I have yet to see even one of these butterflies this spring.  I’m hoping they will have a better year than they did in 2013, and I remain optimistic Read More →

An Argument on Behalf of Messy Common Milkweed

Common Milkweed Can Be a Thug.  Grow It Anyway. The Monarchs Need It. Some native plants are easy for a gardener to love.  You put them in the ground, they grow in a tame fashion with little care, attract all kinds of wonderful wildlife visitors, and make you feel virtuous for doing your part to Read More →

Monarch Butterflies Finally Arrive

Since late last evening and early this morning we’ve been graced with the unexpected and very welcome sight of monarch butterflies drinking nectar at our zinnias. Its been a crappy week here in DC, as the federal government’s shutdown has brought real hardship and frustration to so many of my hardworking neighbors.  Its also been Read More →

City Wildlife Gardening: What to Know Before You Get Started

People sometimes assume that you need a large yard in the country in order to attract birds, butterflies, bees and other kinds of wildlife.  But gardening for wildlife on a city lot can bring great results.  You may be surprised, in fact, by the immediate response you get from the local fauna when you plant Read More →

Imperial Moth Inspires Search for Led Zep track

We woke up this morning to find this lovely creature hanging off our living room window screen. Although I’ve never actually seen one before, it looks like it could be an Imperial Moth.  I can see where the name comes from — this thing is regal beyond belief. Strangely, its large size is making it Read More →

Hunting for Caterpillars with John Lill

I was in a bit of a panic.For weeks I had been promising the five-year-olds in my nature class that we’d study tent caterpillars, just as soon as we saw them emerge in late April or early May.Now the time had come.We were almost half way through the month of May, and the course was Read More →

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