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.

Adaptations, Colors, Flowers, Gardening, Plants, The Art of Ecology

Orchids – the Mischievous Flower

Flowers rely on pollinators like bees, beetles, birds, moths, butterflies, bats, and other creatures to spread pollen from one flower to the next in order to create seeds. Flowers have adapted their color, shape, or aroma to attract the type of pollinator that would best suit them - for example, hummingbirds like red tube flowers.… Continue reading Orchids – the Mischievous Flower

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

birds, Flowers, Gardening, Plants, The Art of Ecology

Living Coral – Pantone Color of the Year and Nature

  Living Coral - the Color of the Year! We can expect to see more of this color in our lives and on our news feeds. Pantone has selected this color because "Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment. In reaction to the onslaught… Continue reading Living Coral – Pantone Color of the Year and Nature

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