Archive for July, 2008


Native Pollinators: How to Protect and Enhance Habitat for Native Bees

Published on July 21, 2008

Mace Vaughan and Scott Hoffman Black, Native Plants Journal

The success of all restoration efforts—and indeed, of life as we know it— depends on a healthy and diverse population of native pollinators. Pollinators are critical for seed production and the perpetuation of native plants (and our food crops). Bees are our most important pollinators in North America. Nursery managers, seed producers, and field restorationists can protect and enhance habitat for native bees.


July 14, 2008

Published on July 14, 2008

It might seem that Illinois after Alaska would be an anticlimax at best, but not so! My excursion into the heartland, prowling Deepest Midwest, satisfied two lifelong desires: seeing my first Baltimore Checkerspot, an enormous female, her wings so broad you could play checkers on them; and standing in a meadow thronged with hundreds of big, bright Regal Fritillaries…


Susan’s Purse-making Caddisfly on the Brink of Extinction

Published on July 9, 2008

A coalition of scientists and conservationists filed a petition today requesting that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extend Endangered Species Act protection to Susan’s purse-making caddisfly (Ochrotrichia susanae).