Tag: nature

Go Buggy for Moth Week

Coming off of National Pollinator Month in June, many of us are thinking about and understand the importance of butterflies, birds, and bees as pollinator species. Did you know that moths also play an important role in our ecosystems, but that not all of them are pollinators? While yes, some, such as the Hummingbird Clearwing …

Blueberries – More than a Tasty Snack!

blueberries - more than a tasty snack

Summer is here, and many of us love nothing more than a big carton of deep blue-ish purple blueberries! Wherever we can get them from the grocery store, farmers markets, or local community agriculture programs is so exciting, but did you know that blueberries are native to the eastern United States? We can go out …

Stream Health & Bioindicators Research Project by Intern Lucy

Research by Lucy McGinty and Marissa Jacobs 02/28/22 – 05/10/22  Abstract Local Pennsylvania streams are becoming more polluted due to chemical runoff, littering, and sewage dumping. Because of this, diversity in streams is beginning to decline. Popular ways researchers determine the quality of the stream is by species counts and various chemical testing. Macroinvertebrates are …

Bald Cypress Restoration Project in Georgia Partially-Funded by The Art of Ecology’s Conservation Mini-Grant

Bald Cypress Restoration Project hike

Iesha has a deep passion to protect the environment and to create ways to effectively solve environmental issues. Her experience working and volunteering has given her a well-rounded skill set to create solutions and to have a positive impact on low income communities… She has helped protect the environment by using her experiences to spark …

A World Without Pollinators

wasp pollinator on goldenrod

Could you imagine a world with no berries or melons? No pumpkins during the fall or chocolate to indulge in? Or what about a world with no coffee in the morning and no flowers to water? Unfortunately, this is most likely the path we are headed on due to the declining population of pollinators. According …

Eco Spring Recipes to Inspire You

spring recipes foraging sample

Spring is here! The trees have beautiful green leaves again, animal babies such as goslings, fawns, and squirrels are about. Early pollinators such as Carpenter & Honey Bees are out in full force examining the early blooms. So what’s available for us foragers? Spring is a great time to take advantage of the colorful wildflowers …

Lucy McGinty’s 2022 Internship Reflection

Lucy McGinty 2022 Internship Reflection

Hello all! Welcome to my 2022 Internship Reflection. My name is Lucy and I have been interning for The Art of Ecology for about 4 months now, and I will be continuing my internship until my culminating event, hosted by me using all the skills that I have learned during this internship! This event takes …

Herbalism: a Reason to Forage!

floral infused honey

Herbalism is the practice of using plants as a tool to maintain overall physical and mental wellness. How do Herbalism & Foraging Go Together? The best plants to maintain our health with are wild ones! These plants have had to work hard to produce chemicals to deter insects, prevent over-browsing, and stay strong against fungi …

Sustainable Crafts: Part II

Did you know that March is National Craft Month? There are many crafty projects out there, but as stewards of the environment, there are fewer projects that are sustainable crafts. Instead of creating projects that you’ll just throw out after displaying for a short time, try to go for some projects that will not only …

Amazing Air Plants: Exploring Trichomes, Pups, and Epiphytes

Air plants have become quite trendy to have around the home or office, and they definitely live up to the hype! These incredible plants are easily-maintained, have stunning blooms (unlike many other common houseplants), and are great for the both the beginner house-plant enthusiast and master botanist & plant expert! What are Air Plants? These …