Archive for June, 2011
Over the Garden Fence: Here’s buzz: Landscape to attract pollinators
Published on June 30, 2011
By: George Weigel, PennLive.com
Birds have the Audubon Society.
Butterflies are getting protection from gardeners installing Monarch Waystations.
But up until now, few people have done much to help the third “B” of beneficial wildlife — bees and other pollinating insects.
Our summer of long, sweet grass
Published on June 27, 2011
By: Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times
Ahhh long grass. Not the scruffy stuff by Aurora Avenue. No. I’m talking about the pleasure of a meadow of long, sweet grass.
Living in the city, it becomes rare to see grass actually grown to the point that it can set up a nice fat seed head. Let alone long ripples in an expanse of tall grass, unleashed by the wind. Unleashed: that’s just the feeling, out of the realm of the clipped, managed, tidy realm of lawn. The birds sure know the difference: song sparrows on a recent evening were calling, and the click and buzz of insects snugged deep in the sheltering grasses was soothing as a lullaby.
Native Bees Worth Billions of Dollars a year, Researchers Say
By: John Upton, The Bay Citizen
The collapse of honeybee colonies has been widely publicized, but not everybody knows that California’s native bee species are also vanishing.
Wet and Wild: BLM is developing a plan for managing a key natural habitat
Published on June 22, 2011
By: Susan Palmer, The Register-Guard
The American grass bug — a little brown critter about the size of your thumbnail — is not the most exciting insect Celeste Mazzacano has gone out tracking, definitely not up there with your damselflies and dragonflies.
In Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the race to save the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly
Published on June 17, 2011
By: Mihir Zaveri, The Oregonian
BASKETT SLOUGH — Cheryl Schultz stumped through the shoulder-high grass, searching. Then, after a quick swoop and twist of her net, she caught her target, a tiny blur of fluttering blue.
Bees, butterflies among pollinators in decline
Published on June 13, 2011
By: Kathy Van Mullekom, Daily Press
The troubled lives of honeybees get a lot of media attention.
Yet, many other pollinators are in serious trouble, according to Eric Mader, assistant pollinator program director with The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Lawsuit settlement could increase habitat protection for Salt Creek tiger beetle
Published on June 8, 2011
By: Algis J. Laukaitis, Lincoln Journal Star
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will go back to the beginning and re-evaluate critical habitat protection in Lancaster and Saunders counties for the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle.
Rare beetle may get more land
By: Leslie Reed, World-Herald Bureau
LINCOLN — Under a legal settlement announced Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will take a second look at how much land the Salt Creek tiger beetle, an endangered species that lives only in Nebraska, needs to survive.
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