environment

National Bat Week 2014

My colleagues and friends are all pretty familiar with my fondness for bats. With their fuzzy backs and twitchy little ears – not to mention their penchant for eating the mosquitos that eat me alive every summer- what’s not to love? I’ve even written about them several times already for the Wildlife Blog, such as […]

If You Missed Spraying Your Phragmites This Year—What Now?

Based on a presentation by Bob Williams, www.phragmites.org In the Great Lakes region, September is prime time for treating phragmites with herbicide—which, at this point, is a key part of effective control. In September, the reeds are transferring nutrients down to the roots, making herbicide transport more thorough. Plus, in most years, the ground is […]

The Many Benefits of Urban Trees

Last week I read a fascinating article about urban forestry, which argued that strategically reforesting a 1.5-square-mile area in Houston could help reduce ozone pollution in the city. Using weather data and computer models, researchers estimated that a freshly-grown forest could remove as much as 310 tons of ozone from the atmosphere over the course […]

Retaining Simplicity in Recognizing Conservation

Humans love to complicate things. We all know that if we eat natural foods and exercise, we increase our chances of being healthy. Yet this has not stopped the growth of an entire industry of diet plans, cookbooks, and personal trainers to help us build complicated paths towards healthier lives. The conservation world has done […]

Providing Homes for Burrowing Owls

WHC member Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. recently partnered up with WHC’s Tucson office and the Arizona-based raptor rescue organization Wild at Heart to construct artificial burrows for rescued burrowing owls at Freeport’s Safford Operations facility. Freeport produced a video about this project and gave us permission to share it. You can watch the video […]

On Reading “The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist”

Christine Bader, the author of “The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist,” built a career advancing human rights protection within the global business context. She started her work at BP where she helped develop BP’s human rights values and then worked on a UN initiative to start to normalize the concept of corporate responsibility in this […]

Partnerships and Technology: Keys to Success for Warm Springs Ponds Program

I recently participated in one of the monthly team meetings for the BP Warm Springs Ponds program. As the Director of Field Programs, I no longer get a chance to regularly interact with site-level teams and dive into the nuts and bolts of maintaining a program. Needless to say, I miss it. So you can […]

Small Refinery, Big Impact on Learning

The ExxonMobil Billings Refinery in Billings, Montana, may be the smallest ExxonMobil refinery in the world, but its wildlife habitat area is making a big impact on students at a local college. While meeting with representatives from ExxonMobil and their partners from Rocky Mountain College during a recent site visit, I was excited to hear […]

10 Native Vines to Attract Butterflies in North America

Native vines are an important but often overlooked component of butterfly habitat. Many vines serve as larval host plants (food sources) for caterpillars. They provide cover for butterflies and caterpillars, and the flowers provide nectar for butterflies (and many other pollinators, including hummingbirds). Most native vines also have attractive foliage and colorful flowers that would […]

Trail Blazing Wildflower Adventures

Spring is one of my favorite times of year and hiking through my local state parks is one of the most enjoyable ways to experience this change of seasons. Last year I made it a goal to work on my wildflower identification skills but staring at pictures in a field guide just wasn’t cutting it, […]
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