Pollinators and Flowers

This was originally published on Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens. In North America hummingbirds pollinate, in the southwest bats pollinate,  but most of all, insects pollinate. By far the most popular garden pollinators are hummingbirds and butterflies, but there are many other beautiful (in a less traditional way) pollinators including flies, bees, moths and beetles. Many pollinators visit flowers for the nectar, such as butterflies, ants and honeybees, however many insects, including bumble bees and lady beetles, visit for the pollen, which they consume. Many plants have evolved different shapes and colors of flowers to attract certain types of pollinators. There’s...

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Diary of an Urban Wild Garden: The Beginning

Welcome to a new column feature at The Metropolitan Field Guide, the Diary of an Urban Wild Garden, where I plan to write about my wildlife garden in Seattle, the design, how it's doing, what I'm currently doing, what I see and more. It's about time I started this, as the garden is now in its third year. This first post is an overview of what the yard was like in the beginning, and what we've done so far. Nearly three years ago we moved into our first house. Having lived in rentals and apartments, this was my first chance at...

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Book Review:: Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden

As one who spends a fair amount of time crawling around my yard in search of interesting insects, I was, needless to say, excited to see a new book from Timber Press with the title Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control. It's written by horticulturist and self-proclaimed 'bug lover' Jessica Walliser. With a quick glance through the book, it's easy to see it's up to the typical high standard of Timber Press books and full of wonderful and inspiring images of beautiful bug-friendly gardens. As this is not a typical sort of book that...

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Foragings:: The latest news, resources and designs

News Camera Trap Tuesday: Islands in Los Angeles:: "What Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in America, is surrounded by, however, is freeways. And homes, and businesses. Urban sprawl." What Is the Point of Zoos?:: "I am also a great advocate of zoos that focus on native species and their ecosystems, and I hope to one day see, or hear about, an urban exhibit that truly links zoos with the cities that surround them." Biodiversity can flourish on an urban planet:: "Research shows that cities can in fact support biodiversity and this can have major implications for conservation efforts." Wildlife Oases...

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Foragings:: The latest news, resources and designs

News ASLA Releases Guide To Health Benefits of Nature:: "The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has created a terrific and handy collection of studies that all demonstrate the positive impacts the natural environment has us." Zombies vs. animals? The living dead wouldn't stand a chance:: "Next time you're lying in bed, unable to fall asleep thanks to the vague anxiety of half-rotten corpses munching on you in the dark, remember this: if there was ever a zombie uprising, wildlife would kick its ass." Lovefest: Landscape Architects and Restoration Ecologists:: "Landscape architecture and ecological restoration are really different disciplines, but increasingly these fields are working together...

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The Experience of 10,000 Crows

Every night from fall to spring, upwards of 10,000 crows fly from downtown Seattle and other surrounding areas to the University of Washington's Bothell campus, located on the far north end of Lake Washington. They are here for their nightly roost, where all 10,000 of them, cawing and making a ruckus impossible to miss, gather together before descending into the wetland trees. There are several other crow roosts around the Puget Sound area, but none as large or magnificent as the Bothell roost. Along with the University of Washington, Cascade Community College shares this campus and hosted a crow evening...

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