When I sat down to write the previous post, 5 Favorite Washington Nature Photos of 2014, I nearly had an anxiety attack trying to pick only a few photos. Instead of putting myself through that, I decided to do a series of three posts and today I’m sharing my 5 favorite photographs I took in my very own yard. When we moved in, the yard consisted of a maple tree, lilac, forsythia and a few odd rhododendrons. The backyard was nearly all lawn. Over the last two years we’ve dug and planted and while it’s still relatively small, the habitat is growing slowly but surely. We’ve been rewarded by this effort and continue to add more plants and improve our back and front yard habitats. We recently put up our first bird feeder here (fear of attracting rats prevented us before) and were rewarded almost immediately with…
- Bees buzzing at city haven:: “A wildflower haven created earlier this year beside one of the city’s main roads is proving to be a blooming success for bees.”
- Richard Mabey: in defence of nature writing:: “Not since John Clare lambasted Keats for metropolitan sentimentality has there been such an unwarranted attack on the integrity of nature writers.”
- Urban Habitat Project at the Central Terminal:: “We can take urban spaces, make them beautiful, and at the same time help with stormwater runoff, protect pollinators and other valuable urban wildlife.”
- New Orleans already taking steps to use rainwater to help residents, the environment and the city, officials say:: “New Orleans already is taking steps to adopt or implement sustainable strategies to deal with the city’s surplus stormwater, including developing rainwater storage areas on abandoned lots and developing new zoning regulations…”
- Living Roof Research Blossoms At Melbourne University:: “The Biodiversity…
- 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…
- Bloomin’ lovely gardens brighten up London’s East End:: A competition for residents of London’s East End, the winners were chosen for showing ” what they can do with plants, wildlife and the environment.”
- Can biodiversity be accommodated in today’s urban environment?:: Posing the question, this piece from The Ecologist looks at recent efforts including the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 and the more recent Animal Estates project in London by Fritz Haeg.
- Yesterday’s pool is today’s pond:: An interesting idea of turning unused swimming pools into ponds for wildlife, making them require less maintenance and more environmentally friendly.
- Chicago Plans A New Park That Dwarves All Other Urban Parks:: Chicago is planning a 140,000 acre network of parks, open space and recreational facilities.
- 2011 in review: West Seattle Wildlife:: An interesting post from the West Seattle Blog featuring the variety of wildlife reported in West Seattle last year…
Readers may or may not realize that there are hundreds of design resources here on The Metropolitan Field Guide. On top of this website is a drop-down menu titled ‘Design Resources’ where you’ll find documents for designing butterfly, bird, bat and other wildlife species habitat categorized by species as well as region. You’ll also find plant lists for wildlife and a variety of other subjects such as adding habitat to golf courses, designing green roofs, rain gardens and wildlife crossings. To bring attention to these amazing downloadable and often free resources, this post marks the beginning of a new series featuring selected resources.
- Vancouver Convention Centre roof a hive of insect and plant activity:: Three years on and the green roof of the Vancouver Convention Center has been greatly successful for wildlife housing ants, spiders, dragonflies, grasshoppers, bees and sparrows and finches.
- California Academy of Sciences’ roof is thriving:: Another green roof at three years old, the California Academy of Sciences’ roof has also become successful wildlife habitat including 173 species of arthropods including spiders, bees and butterflies as well as 30 species of birds such as Red-winged and Brewer’s Blackbirds.
- ‘Natural landscapes’ gone wild:: Yet another article on a subject which is seeing more and more press coverage; natural landscapes as a growing movement which are meeting resistance from cities and neighbors.
- A Reward for Bird-Friendly Buildings:: The LEED certification program is introducing project credits to designers for using certain criteria that make buildings more bird-friendly.