habitat

Citizen Science Programs: Volunteer Your Time and Gain Valuable Skills

“Citizen science” is scientific research using data collected by a large number of non-professional observers. These programs provide the opportunity for the young and the old, experienced and inexperienced, to connect with nature, observe wildlife, and provide valuable information to scientists. The success of citizen science depends on participants from many communities helping with projects […]

Spring Tip: Melting Snow Reveals Potential Rain Gardens

The approach of warmer weather and the melting of winter’s snow provide a unique opportunity to determine a potential location for a rain garden. Those low areas of the lawn that tend to hold onto the snow and stay wet the longest are ideal places to plant some water-loving native plants. Rain gardens are a […]

2015 is the International Year of Soils

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils. The International Year of Soils is intended to raise awareness and promote the sustainable use of soils. Soil consists of a mixture of inorganic material (sand, silt, and/or clay), decomposed organic material (humus), living organisms (bacteria, fungi, worms, […]

Celebrate World Wetlands Day on February 2

February 2 of each year is World Wetlands Day, which marks the date that the Convention on Wetlands (also known informally as the Ramsar Convention) was signed in 1971. World Wetlands Day provides private and public entities alike with the opportunity to raise awareness about the importance and value of wetlands. Wetlands provide vital habitat […]

This Year’s Christmas Tree, Next Year’s Habitat

With the winter holiday season upon us and Christmas only a few days away, many living rooms and office lobbies are now decorated (or soon will be) with live evergreen Christmas trees. But once the holidays are over, what should we do with all of those trees? I suggest using them to create habitat! A […]

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 […]

Wildlife in Winter: Migration

As we introduced last month, animal species have adapted a variety of techniques for surviving through the winter’s colder temperatures and decreased food availability. One of the more common strategies used by animals is migration. When you think about migration, you probably think first about birds, right? This isn’t surprising, given that the majority of […]

Re-think: The Fourth R?

During this past month, I have introduced you to the Three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, and discussed what they are and how they can be applied to your habitat and educational projects in order to help you further your company’s sustainability goals. But wait – there’s more! Many sustainability experts now include a fourth […]

The Three R’s: Recycle

Over the past few weeks, I’ve introduced you to the “Three R’s” of sustainability – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – and discussed how applying the principles of “Reduce” and “Reuse” to your habitat and education projects can further your facility’s sustainability goals. In today’s post I will talk about the third R, “Recycle.” Because recycling […]

The Three R’s: Reuse

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve introduced you to the “Three R’s” of sustainability – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – and discussed how the principle of “Reduce” can be applied to habitat and education projects in a way that also furthers your facility’s sustainability goals. Today I’m going to talk about the second R, […]
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