365 Nature – Day 113

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


I should have suspected a theme to my walk today when I found a hover fly by my daughter’s forest classroom this morning when I dropped her off. First I started observing how many native plants are blooming now and how many are finishing. Where until recently, there were Fawn Lilies, Oregon Grape, Red-flowering Currant and Indian Plum, there are now Fringecup, Vanillaleaf, Salal,…

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365 Nature – Day 85

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


I headed back to my daughter’s preschool today armed with a bag of tools for phase two of building an insect hotel. On Day 83 I went with the class to collect materials on a short walk around the arboretum. We picked up branches, lichens, mosses, bark and cones and took them back to the classroom. (For anyone tuning in late, the classroom…

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365 Nature – Day 83

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


 

Recently I volunteered to help out at my daughter’s outdoor preschool by building an insect hotel. Today I went into the class and talked about what kind of insects might live in a hotel and what kind of materials we might gather. After that we went for a walk around the arboretum and picked up cones, branches, lichens, leaves and other materials we found on…

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365 Nature – Day 71

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.



The day dawned bright and surprisingly stayed bright and sunny a good portion of the morning. I walked north through the arboretum until I reached the far southern end where the morning sun was illuminating the Oregon Grape flowers. The flowers were still small balls of yellow, not yet fully opened and covered in dew…

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365 Nature – Day 58

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


As I’ve already learned with this 365 Nature project, whenever I set out to record something for that specific day, it never turns out as I planned. Originally, I had planned to go take sunny photos of our blooming Forsythia today and write about how it’s like our yard is always sunny. In reality when I finally went outside, the sun had slipped behind the clouds…

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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 a great episode about flowering plants in the wonderful David Attenborough show The Private Life of Plants, and you can see a clip of that episode here.

Pollinator Flowers

Hummingbird flowers have evolved into tubular shapes so that the bird, with their long bills, can…

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