Plants vs Unwelcome Guests (and Zombies)

This was originally posted on Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens.

If only the plants featured in Plants vs. Zombies acted as they do in the game we’d all be a lot safer. Alas, I was sad to discover this summer when I planted peas that they do not shoot from the plant and knock off zombie heads so much as simply fall off the vine. They do however taste good, so there’s that. Walnuts found in our neighbor’s yard get eagerly demolished by squirrels so I’m not sure they have much hope against zombies as in the game. The carnivorous plants I have been working hard to grow can barely handle a fly so I’m giving up hope they will ever be any use against zombies or other intruders. I’m also disappointed the Marigold didn’t produce actual gold like in the game because I was planning…

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New Website Features

Now you can find many new pages of resources under the ‘Resources’ tab on the top of this page. Newly added pages include resources for Habitat Elements, Golf Course Habitat, Schoolyard and Campus Habitat, Backyard Habitat and Rain Gardens and Wildlife Ponds.

Also new, in addition to Landscape for Wildlife by Region resources, you’ll now find those resources categorized by species under Landscape for Wildlife by Species.

One additional new page is The Metropolitan Field Guide Bookstore where you can buy books from Amazon through this blog. These are all books from my Amazon Listmania that I recommend.

On the right side of the blog you’ll now find the featured Wildlife Plant Profile and Urban Wildlife Species Profile which will be updated when there are new ones added. You’ll also find fewer links on the right as they are moved to the ‘Resources’ tab.


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Metropolitan Field Guide on Facebook

Did you know you can follow The Metropolitan Field Guide on Facebook as well as RSS feed? On the Facebook page you’ll find links to all new posts from this page, events and photos, many of which are posted here, but in albums.

Metropolitan Field Guide on Facebook

If you become a fan, feel free to add photos and events to the page.

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Welcome to the New Site!

The Metropolitan Field Guide has moved to a new website and undergone an update! Here you find the new, permanent home for the Metropolitan Field Guide, update your links, bookmarks and feeds and visit often!

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Ecoroof Portland March 12-13

If you’re in the Portland area, consider checking out their upcoming event: Ecoroof Portland which will be March 12-13. There will be a vendor fair and many talks including some keynote speakers of great interest. Among the topics of discussion include: Introduction to Ecoroofs in Portland, Ecoroof Research and Monitoring, Portland’s Shift to a Sustainable Future – The Role of Ecoroofs, Welcome and Live Demonstration, Ecoroof Case Studies.

Check out the Event Page
And the Event Program

Also worth visiting is the City of Portland Ecoroof page with a lot of great information including self-guided tours, incentives, monitoring reports and a very helpful Ecoroof Handbook (PDF).

In addition the City of Portland has an Ecoroof Blog that is worth following.

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Welcome to everyone who is interested in, experienced with or just looking to learn more about urban wildlife habitat. Wildlife can benefit by our adding habitat in urban centers and we, as humans can benefit from their presence here. Much as been done and written about backyard habitat but the question I ask is how can we expand that in the urban centers, cities and infrastructure in a creative way? There has been some creative ideas, many in Europe incorporating bird habitat on rooftops, lizard habitat along railways and here in the US golf courses can certify as an Audubon Sanctuary.

This blog is designed to be a resource of organizations, articles and other online sources. Additionally I hope it can start a discussion of theory, ideas and thoughts about urban wildlife habitat design and planning. Please comment or email me with further resources or news of what’s being done…

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