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.

Snakes need love too! Show them that you care by building a snake hibernaculum in your back yard! They will thank you for it by chasing away all of your rodent pests!
Animals, Backyard Habitats, conservation, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

Snakes – Maybe not your cup of tea, but SUPER important!

Snakes are wonderful for so many reasons! I can see it, some of you are thrilled by this and others…. not so much, but yes - snakes are good, even if they’re not your cup of tea. Snakes don’t have to be your favorite animal for you to realize that they play a vital role… Continue reading Snakes – Maybe not your cup of tea, but SUPER important!

conservation, Gardening, Plants, Seasons, The Art of Ecology

It’s Winter. What is still growing beneath our feet?

Typically, we think of winter as a time for plants and animals to go dormant and settle down. Really there are hundreds of thousands of organisms growing during these cold, wet, dreary months! During the winter, we can go out and see so many different types of (drum roll, please…) - FUNGUS! Did you know… Continue reading It’s Winter. What is still growing beneath our feet?