Nov 112011
 
Urban Species Profile:: Eight-spotted Skimmer

Common Name: Eight-spotted Skimmer Scientific Name: Libellula forensis Family: Libellulidae The Eight-spotted Skimmer is a common urban dragonfly that can be found in many parks, wetlands and other landscapes with water. Their range includes the Pacific Northwest, northern California and east to the Rockies. The Skimmer family is the largest odonate family and also among the dragonflies most likely to be seen. They are further categorized among the Skimmer family as King Skimmers, a group which includes some of the most familiar species due to their large size and often conspicuous wing markings. They are considered perchers instead of fliers because they hawk prey …continue reading

Sep 092011
 
Foragings:: The latest news, resources, designs and more

News Green Roofs:: An informative article by green roof expert Dusty Gedge discusses the benefits of small-scale green roofs for biodiversity. What kind of meadow is best for wildlife?:: This interesting article from the Guardian’s garden blog discusses the benefits and differences between and urban meadow and traditional meadow. Do Golf Courses Make Good Bat Habitats?:: An article from ScienceNOW which features a wildlife ecologists recent study on the potential benefit of golf courses for bats and found that they can indeed be good bat habitat. Wildlife In The City In The Desert:: This interesting article features urban wildlife not common to …continue reading

Sep 282010
 
Bradner Gardens Park

The history of Bradner Gardens Park goes back to 1971 when the 1.6 acre lot was purchased by the City of Seattle along with 19 other lots in the city to be used for parks. For many years however it was leased out, first to the school district and then social services. In 1987 a P-Patch was established for Mien immigrants from Laos and along with a basketball court, left over from the school days, the lot provided a community space for the diverse neighborhood. In the mid-90′s neighbors discovered that the city had plans to sell the lot without …continue reading

Sep 012010
 
Seattle University Campus Habitat

Seattle University sits on 48 acres in the middle of Seattle, a five minute walk east from the middle of downtown. It’s in between the First Hill and Capitol Hill neighborhoods and is surrounded by hospitals, medical centers, stores, restaurants and housing. The campus has had a long commitment to sustainability dating back to the 1980′s when the college hired Ciscoe Morris, who is now a local gardening expert and celebrity. Ciscoe ended pesticide use by releasing beneficial insects on the campus which was successful and in turn launched an entire pesticide-free program. The success of the landscaping program spilled …continue reading

Apr 272010
 
Rain Gardens and Wildlife Ponds

One of the major habitat elements, after food and shelter, comes water. There are two main routes that can provide water, a pond provides constant water while a rain garden provides constantly changing levels of water. There are many great resources for design and installation of both options. PONDS If the goal is to provide habitat for frogs or dragonflies, a pond is most likely necessary because they require a constant water supply for the various life cycle needs. Dragonflies lay eggs in water where they hatch and live out the majority of their lives as nymphs before becoming dragonflies …continue reading

Mar 022010
 
Design for Dragonflies

Dragonflies are a little more difficult to design for than butterflies or even birds because they require a permanent water source because nearly every period in their different life cycle is spend in or around water. This makes it more difficult to plan for dragonfly habitat in an urban setting, but not impossible. Dragonflies get very little attention compared to butterflies and birds when it comes to attracting and designing for them, but fortunately there are some good resources. ONLINE RESOURCES Dragonfly: Learn the basics about dragonflies with this document from the Oregon State University Extension Service such as their …continue reading