Archive for May, 2011

Fragile Beauty

Published on May 11, 2011

By: Leslie Forsberg, Alaska Airlines Magazine
May 2011

Scientist and communities work together to help preserve butterflies and their habitats.

Plan preserves ‘crown jewel’ island

Published on May 5, 2011

By: Steve Law, Portland Tribune

Two different islands, two vastly different outcomes.

Out on west Hayden Island next to Jantzen Beach, the Audubon Society of Portland has sparred with the Port of Portland for 15 years – and counting – to block development of marine trade terminals.

Pollinators are garden essentials

Published on May 3, 2011

By: Jan Begliner, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County

Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, flies, beetles and even hummingbirds are essential to roughly 70 percent of the world’s flowering plants. The U.S. alone grows more than 100 crop plants that need pollinators. Without pollinators we would not enjoy strawberries, apples, pumpkins, blueberries or many other fruits and vegetables. And we would not have forage crops like alfalfa and clover. Many plants have increased crop yield and are higher quality after insect pollination. Pollinators also help native plants reproduce, producing fruits and seeds that feed other wildlife.