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ELA counts many ecological professionals among its members and supporters. We sometimes highlight their work and share their expertise through product and book reviews, or by asking them to answer specific questions posed to the ELA community.


Garden Allies

The Insects, Birds & Other Animals That Keep Your Garden Beautiful and Thriving

In Garden Allies, author Frederique Lavoipierre encourages a perspective shift towards the critters in our gardens. Instead of thinking of garden inhabitants as good or bad, she encourages us to think of them in their ecological roles, with a food-web perspective. What results is a book jam-packed with identification clues, gardening guidance, and stories that had me penciling exclamation points in the margins.

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ELA News – May 2022

Share Your Expertise! As ELA begins scheduling fall and winter virtual conferences, we’re reaching out to our community for speakers. Our members have thousands of years of combined experience designing, developing, and maintaining all manner of ecological landscapes. If you have an ecological expertise or field experience, consider sharing with the ELA audience. We seek…

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BEES: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide

Reviewed by Bruce Wenning

Heather Holm has written another beautiful book for pollinator gardening enthusiasts. She combines Jane Goodall’s style of long-term field observations with library research. Her photographs and illustrations capture your interest and increase your appreciation for bees, their natural history, and their host plants.

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Gleanings from Headline News – April 2022

We’ve scanned the media – in print and online – for items of interest to ELA’s ecologically focused audience:

  • Spotted Lanternfly and Nursery Stock
  • Become a Xerces Kid!
  • How to Tell Apart Sound-Alike Warblers
  • Deadliest U.S. Bird Flu Outbreak in 7 years
  • Does the ecosystem Hinge on a Single Keystone Gene
  • Now for Something Completely Different
  • Leave Stems for Native Bees
  • Why Gravel Gardens Are Better Than They Sound
  • Tree Equity
  • Plants in the UK Flower a Month Earlier Due to Rising Temperatures
  • Hush, Hus, Listen to the Soil
  • Growing Greener Podcast
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ELA News – April 2022

Volunteer with ELA Want to share your talents and expertise as an ELA volunteer? Our member-driven organization is always looking for your expertise, guidance, and help. We are looking for people to help with a few specific needs, plus we have some ongoing opportunities for volunteers. If you are comfortable presenting to groups, familiar with…

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ELA News – March 2022

28th ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace Thank you to all the speakers, attendees, exhibitors, and volunteers who made our 28th Conference & Eco-Marketplace an incredible success. Special thanks to our 2022 Conference Sponsors: New Moon Nursery – Sustaining Sponsor Planters’ Choice Nursery – Sustaining Sponsor Tech Terra Environmental – Sustaining Sponsor Compostwerks – Champion Sponsor Babikow…

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Gleanings from Headline News – March 2022

We’ve scanned the media – in print and online – for items of interest to ELA’s ecologically focused audience:

  • Home Is Where the Pollinators Should Be
  • Seeds for Tomorrow
  • Western Megadrought is Megabad
  • Roadside Milkweed for Monarchs
  • Braiding Seeds Fellowship Applications Open
  • US Sea Levels Rise at an Alarming Rate
  • National Butterfly Refuge Becomes Target for the Far-Right
  • Nature Is Truly a Balm for the Soul
  • Urban Bees Face a Flower Deficit
  • Cute Plants on Antarctica Spell Trouble
  • Why We Need to Revive Global Food Diversity
  • ALERT! Deadly Avian Flu Heading for Rhode Island
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A New Garden Ethic

By Benjamin Vogt

Based on the number of genetically unique ecological niches, the loss of overall biodiversity is our most significant threat to a livable world. Loss of habitat can be partially overcome if species move and share their genetic material. Diverse and linked ecosystems that allow migration are crucial, acting as a climate change buffer by helping as many species as possible adapt.


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