Foragings:: The latest news, resources, designs and more
- Badgers, bats and reptiles are right at home at Durrants Village:: Developers at a village in West Sussex have gone to great lengths by protecting species on site during construction and including habitat for the existing wildlife on the site including bats, lizards, snakes and badgers.
- Amphibian Crossing:: The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey has a project to protect spring breeding amphibians by moving them across roads during their migration to breeding sites.
- Why Every City Should Be Planting Rain Gardens:: An interesting history of rain gardens and compelling arguments for their installation by The Atlantic Cities.
- Hedgerows direct the flight of the bumblebee:: “Bees use hedgerows as motorways, academics have found, which may help future rural planning.”
- Adapt garden to make most of drought conditions:: The drought in Texas last year did have some benefit as this article shows, the The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department created a “Drought Survival Kit” which aims to help homeowners reduce water consumption as well as benefit wildlife by using native plants.
- Urban trees crucial for wildlife:: A study in Australia found that trees were vital in cities for sustaining biodiversity. They found “large trees were considered “keystone structures”, providing resources such as food, nest sites and shelter for wildlife in agricultural and forestry-production landscapes.”
- For the Birds: Winged Predators Seek Certain Trees When Foraging for Caterpillars:: Birds care about the types of trees, findings of a recent study “suggest that chickadees and others zero in on the type of tree as much as the characteristics of their wriggly prey.”
- To stay relevant, conservationists embrace cities:: This is welcome news…”to stay relevant to the realities of most people in the world, the Nature Conservancy, one of the largest conservation organizations in the world, is shifting from looking just at preserving large swaths of open space — the idyllic forms of nature — to also focusing more on natural habitats in cities.”
- Does outdoor play help keep the doctor away?:: A great article from the BBC about getting kids into nature and the benefits of doing so.
- Urban green spaces require sustained investment:: This article discusses how urban green spaces take time and energy, they don’t just happen. “The inconvenient truth of this matter is that without investment, sustainable, urban green spaces will remain a wistful utopia.”
- The New Nature Movement – Environmental Health Leader Richard Louv:: Interesting interview with the author of Last Child in the Woods.
About the Author
Kelly Brenner is a naturalist and author based in Seattle. She founded and writes The Metropolitan Field Guide, a blog for ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat and has contributed articles to a variety of other websites and publications.
She earned a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon in 2009 and continues to take various classes on nature. She is currently enrolled in a certificate program for non-fiction writing at the University of Washington.
On the side she also photographs the natural world and sells nature related arts and crafts in her Etsy Nature Shop.