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  • 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.

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Book Review:: Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest

Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest is an essential resource which has been mentioned and linked to countless times in various posts over time. Written by Russell Link, a wildlife biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, he’s also the author of a companion book, Living with Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. This book covers all aspects of designing for wildlife and is valuable not only for those living in the Pacific Northwest.

Divided into 5 parts, the book covers habitat design and maintenance, describes the many species of wildlife found in the Pacific Northwest, highlights special features of the landscape, and touches on what Living with Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest is about, coexisting with wildlife. The appendices are…

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Book Review:: Small Green Roofs

Written by four experts in the field of green roofs, the new book Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living was promising before it was even released. It doesn’t disappoint. Full of information about small green roofs, their construction and biodiversity and plants, over half is devoted to 40 case studies. The book is full of inspiring and beautiful images of a wide variety of green roofs on all manner of buildings and structures. Written for homeowners, architects, landscape architects or ecologists, it’s a valuable resource on a practical level that serves as an excellent companion to the many other green roof books on the market, while at the same time offering a completely unique approach to the…

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Book Review:: Bumblebees

The newly released 3rd edition of Bumblebees, number 6 of the Naturalists’ Handbooks series for ecology and identification by Pelagic Publishing, is a phenomenal resource. Focused on British bumblebees, this book is full of information about all aspects of the ecology of bumblebees which makes it a valuable resource for readers in any location. It’s a book which is not overburdened with too much scientific data (although much is referenced), but still packs in a great deal of information, this book is very useful. I recently researched bumblebees for an Urban Species Profile and I wish I’d had this book then because it contains all of the information I had to gather from many different resources.

The book begins with a description of how to recognize bumblebees…

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Book Review:: Bugs in the System

Bugs In The System: Insects And Their Impact On Human Affairs by May R. Berenbaum is a fantastic guide to the world of insects. Not only does it introduce basics of insect biology and behavior, it also delves into the fascinating world of cultural entomology and their impact on humans. It’s a great overview on the world of insects that anyone can appreciate.

The book begins as many books about wildlife do, with taxonomy. I appreciate this topic despite the tedious aspect of if, because it’s so important and it really is quite interesting to learn about taxonomy and classification of different organisms. This book takes the history of taxonomy way back and makes a case for the importance of naming organisms by stating that knowing how something…

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Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens

I am happy to announce that I will be contributing a post every month to Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens, a blog for “advocating the use of more native plants in our landscapes and the creation of welcoming habitats for wildlife in our gardens and open spaces.” So far there is a great team, with more to come, including authors of many blogs and books such as Kevin Songer who writes the Living Green Roofs blog, Genevieve Schmidt, author of the North Coast Gardening blog, and the group founder, Carole Sevilla Brown who writes the Ecosystem Gardening blog.

My first post, about pollinator flowers, is already up and includes tips about designing for pollinators: Pollinators and Flowers

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