New scientific field will study ecological importance of sounds:: From the ScienceBlog website, this article discusses an emerging scientific field called Soundscape Ecology which “will focus on what sounds can tell people about an area.” The importance of this is that sounds are the first sign of environmental changes and if we’re not hearing them, we may be missing something.
Moths diversify without changing diet:: From Nature News is a report of a new study that challenges the idea that there is such great moth diversity because of coeveolution and that there may be more to moth diversity than just that.
Getting Art on Track…And Growing:: Edible Chicago features an update on the Mobile Garden project in Chicago and an interesting profile of the artist behind it.
A Green Roof in the Shadow of St. Paul’s:: This case study from livingroofs.org is an interesting example of a sedum mat upgraded to improve biodiversity. The retrofit included the addition of mounds, wood elements, wildflower/hay bundles and new substrates with a native seed mix. The roof also includes boxes for a variety of birds including Swifts, Peregrines, House Martins and Black Redstarts.
Snags – The Wildlife Tree:: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has a new page for snags with a great amount of information including wildlife that uses snags, the dead tree condo, trees that make the best snags, creating snags and much more.
Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She is the author of NATURE OBSCURA: A City’s Hidden Natural World from Mountaineers Books. She writes freelance articles about natural history and has bylines in Crosscut, Popular Science, National Wildlife Magazine and others. On the side she writes fiction.
Kelly holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.
This post is for Marsh Madness, an idea from Ken Lo at the Connected by Nature Blog. "Brackishology n., (brackish, slightly salty, as in the combination of seawater & fresh water, + ology, the study of) the study of wetlands
Integrated Habitats Design Competition
As the 2011 IHDC is getting launched, I'm looking at the winning entries from the 2010 competition in a series of posts.
Happy Habitats was one of the shortlisted entries by the team of Phil Hampshire,