Animals, Backyard Habitats, Gardening, The Art of Ecology

Malacology – A funny word for a funny group of animals.

While we may first think of these tiny creatures as garden pests, snails are very important members of the ecosystem and should be valued! Malacology, or the study of snails, has shown us how snails play a role in efficient decomposition and providing vital nutrients for animals that eat them. Snails eat leaves - yes,… Continue reading Malacology – A funny word for a funny group of animals.

Backyard Habitats, Flowers, Gardening, Health, Plants, sustainability, The Art of Ecology

An Edible Flower Garden and it’s Health Benefits

There are so many edible garden plants, other than your veggies! From pansy's in the spring to sunflowers in the summer and chrysanthemums in the fall - each season has something wonderful to offer. In this dreary February weather, I start looking forward to spring and summer along with all of the life it brings.… Continue reading An Edible Flower Garden and it’s Health Benefits

Animals, Backyard Habitats, birds, conservation, Gardening, Plants, The Art of Ecology

Keeping our Feathered Friends Happy – Especially in the Winter

Cardinals are a common sight at winter bird feeders. These are commonly ground feeders and can pick up what other birds have discarded. Birds are amazing - and if you read my previous winter bird blog, you'll know that birds can definitely take care of themselves, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't feed them… Continue reading Keeping our Feathered Friends Happy – Especially in the Winter

Backyard Habitats, conservation, Gardening, Plants, Seasons, Special Conservation Designated Events, The Art of Ecology

Tyler State Park Pollinator Habitat Restoration Project – A Reflection

For the past two years, I have been photographing two meadows at Tyler State Park, in Newtown PA, as part of a long-term project run by Bucks County Community College (BCCC). These select meadows are in the process of becoming ideal pollinator habitat! Native plant and wildflower seeds were sown, invasive species were removed, and… Continue reading Tyler State Park Pollinator Habitat Restoration Project – A Reflection

Backyard Habitats, Flowers, Gardening, Plants, Seasons, The Art of Ecology

Keep your garden happy all year long by overwintering!

If you’re a gardener, you understand how much time and effort you put into your plants and hate seeing it go to waste come winter! Fortunately, there are ways to keep your beauties alive, even if they’re not winter hardy! The best way to keep your tender garden plants alive is to bring them inside.… Continue reading Keep your garden happy all year long by overwintering!

Backyard Habitats, Flowers, Gardening, Plants, sustainability, The Art of Ecology

Work With Nature – Not Against It!

There was a quote written on the whiteboard of one of the places I worked at saying “Gardening is man wrestling with nature.” This seems rather counter-intuitive though, to me. If we are gardening, aren’t we trying to add more nature to the nature that’s already in place? Shouldn’t we work with it not against… Continue reading Work With Nature – Not Against It!

Backyard Habitats, conservation, Gardening, Health, Plants, Seasons, The Art of Ecology

How often do you bathe…. forest bathe?

Have you ever bathed in sunlight? Doesn't it make you feel great, no matter your previous mood? There's actually a scientific reason for this improved mood - spending time outside in nature is proven to increase general health and well-being; physically and mentally! For years, the Japanese have been studying the effects that nature has… Continue reading How often do you bathe…. forest bathe?

Animals, Backyard Habitats, Climate Change, conservation, Endangered Species, Flowers, Gardening, Plants, Special Conservation Designated Events, sustainability, The Art of Ecology

Pollinator Week 2018

Pollinators, the little critters that are responsible for providing us with roughly one-third of our food, are in trouble. Their populations have been declining for years, so 11 years ago, the US Senate designated a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” to help raise awareness and address this issue. To find a Pollinator related… Continue reading Pollinator Week 2018

Adaptations, Animals, Backyard Habitats, birds, The Art of Ecology

Beautifully Built Bird Beaks & Bills

You have a bird feeder out in your back yard, but you notice that not all of the birds you have seen are visiting it - Why might that be? Well, one answer might be that not all birds are designed to eat the same foods. By looking at the bird's beak or bill, you… Continue reading Beautifully Built Bird Beaks & Bills

Animals, Backyard Habitats, Colors, Flowers, Gardening, Plants, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

Butterflies: How to Add Extra Color to Your Garden

Gardening season is upon us! I for one absolutely love having as much color surrounding me as possible, so naturally, I plant a variety of vividly colored flowering plants, but why stop there? Why not garden for vividly colored wildlife as well? Butterflies, even the caterpillars, are vital parts of the ecosystem and making your… Continue reading Butterflies: How to Add Extra Color to Your Garden