On Being Misunderstood:: Weeds


On Being Misunderstood
 is a feature at The Metropolitan Field Guide which will look at the variety of flora and fauna we live with which are too commonly misunderstood. From plants to wildlife, many of our daily interactions with these species are often negative or confused. Many of these reactions are based on misinformation. This new feature seeks to combat these misconceptions by bringing in guest writers to explain some of these species to us so we all have a better understanding and to set the record straight. 

This edition of On Being Misunderstood is written by  George Adams author of Gardening for the Birds, a book which I reviewed recently. You can read that review here if you missed it. George has taken on the subject of weeds and their benefits to birds for this post, which was one of my favorite aspects of his book. Weeds have…

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On Being Misunderstood:: Gulls

On Being Misunderstood is a feature at The Metropolitan Field Guide which will look at the variety of flora and fauna we live with which are too commonly misunderstood. From plants to wildlife, many of our daily interactions with these species are often negative or confused. Many of these reactions are based on misinformation. This new feature seeks to combat these misconceptions by bringing in guest writers to explain some of these species to us so we all have a better understanding and to set the record straight. 

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Gulls

When most of people see a large bird with gray wings, a white head and yellow bill, they identify it as a “seagull.” A noisy denizen of beaches, landfills and fast food parking lots that survives on trash and unwanted French fries. A coastal version of the…

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On Being Misunderstood:: Dogwood

On Being Misunderstood is a feature at The Metropolitan Field Guide which will look at the variety of flora and fauna we live with which are too commonly misunderstood. From plants to wildlife, many of our daily interactions with these species are often negative or confused. Many of these reactions are based on misinformation. This new feature seeks to combat these misconceptions by bringing in guest writers to explain some of these species to us so we all have a better understanding and to set the record straight. 

If you would like to contribute to this series as a guest writer, contact me and let me know!

Dogwood

Back for another lesson about plant misunderstandings is Georgia Silvera Seamans, author of the very interesting local ecologist blog. Her first ‘On Being Misunderstood’ contribution was about the London Planetree.

When you think of showy flowering trees do you think of the dogwood? Many…

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On Being Misunderstood:: Pocket Gophers

On Being Misunderstood is a new feature at The Metropolitan Field Guide which will look at the variety of flora and fauna we live with which are too commonly misunderstood. From plants to wildlife, many of our daily interactions with these species are often negative or confused. Many of these reactions are based on misinformation. This new feature seeks to combat these misconceptions by bringing in guest writers to explain some of these species to us so we all have a better understanding and to set the record straight. 

If you would like to contribute to this series as a guest writer, contact me and let me know!

Pocket Gophers – Designed to Dig

by Bob Tuck

I wasn’t exactly in the middle of some exotic location, watching strange wildlife that nobody had ever seen. Truth be told, I was sitting in a lawn chair on the edge of my lawn…

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On Being Misunderstood:: Moles – Furry Tunnel Makers

On Being Misunderstood is a new feature at The Metropolitan Field Guide which will look at the variety of flora and fauna we live with which are too commonly misunderstood. From plants to wildlife, many of our daily interactions with these species are often negative or confused. Many of these reactions are based on misinformation. This new feature seeks to combat these misconceptions by bringing in guest writers to explain some of these species to us so we all have a better understanding and to set the record straight. 

If you would like to contribute to this series as a guest writer, contact me and let me know!

Moles – Furry Tunnel Makers

by Bob Tuck

It’s one of the minor irritations of living in much of the United States and southern Canada. Whether you live in a city, the suburbs, or in rural areas, if you have a lawn or garden,…

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On Being Misunderstood:: Striped Skunk

On Being Misunderstood is a new feature at The Metropolitan Field Guide which will look at the variety of flora and fauna we live with which are too commonly misunderstood. From plants to wildlife, many of our daily interactions with these species are often negative or confused. Many of these reactions are based on misinformation. This new feature seeks to combat these misconceptions by bringing in guest writers to explain some of these species to us so we all have a better understanding and to set the record straight. 

If you would like to contribute to this series as a guest writer, contact me and let me know!

The Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)
by Ivan Phillipsen

From the perspective of us humans, many animals have a single, outstanding feature that overshadows all of their other traits. Giraffes have long necks, snails are slow, blue whales…

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