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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.

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes 

Book Review: Grasses, Sedges, Rushes: An Identification Guide

Reviewed by Charlie Wyman 

Grasses have always scared me. Too many species, the flowers too small, the terminology strange and unfamiliar. As an amateur naturalist and very part-time at that, as the demands of work and family limited my wanderings, I had come to terms with the fact that I’d die without knowing my grasses. No longer. Lauren Brown and Ted Elliman’s little book, Grasses, Sedges, Rushes: An Identification Guide, has changed everything. 

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Book Review: The Nature of Oaks

Reviewed by Maureen Sundberg

In The Nature of Oaks, Doug Tallamy hopes to encourage appreciation of the diversity in the web of life by focusing on a single tree that began as an acorn he planted in a pot and transplanted into his yard. Now 18 years old, still very young for an oak tree, Tallamy observes the tree and the many forms of life it supports then shares a month-by-month record of a few visitors.

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Gleanings from Headline News – September 2021

Gleanings September 2021

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

  • Generations Working Together to Solve Climate Crisis
  • Insect Apocalypse
  • The World’s Climate is in Our Hands/El Clima Mundial Está en Nuestras Manos
  • Rich Desert River Struggles to Keep Flowing
  • Las Vegas Gets Aggressive Grass Removal Policy
  • Is Your Garden Ecologically Sound?
  • Do U.S. Food Systems Leave Behind People of Color?
  • Update on Mysterious Bird Deaths
  • Electric Lawn Care Sweeping the Nation
  • Tips for Hiring an Arborist
  • Observation is the New Rule for Gardens


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Farming While Black

By Leah Penniman

I never imagined that I would become a farmer. In my teenage years, as my race consciousness evolved, I got the message loud and clear that Black activists were concerned with gun violence, housing discrimination, and education reform, while white folks were concerned with organic farming and environmental conservation.

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Gleanings from Headline News – August 2021

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

  • Can We Save Ourselves?
  • The Plant That Cannot Die
  • Snakes on a Plane!
  • Should Geoengineering Science be Used to Combat Climate Change?
  • Pesticide Sprays Harm Grassland Birds
  • The Guardian Changes Use of ‘Climate Change’ to ‘Climate Emergency’
  • Who Are We to Decide an Owl’s Fate?
  • More and More and More Plastics in Our Oceans
  • What NYC’s Little Island Says About Parks and Inequality
  • Saving the Western Monarch
  • Rhode Island Confronts Access to Public Coast
  • Tracking Species Recovery
  • Facebook Snafu Spells Trouble for Gardening Group
  • Invasive Moth, Caterpillar Could Devour Boxwoods
  • Get Reacquainted with the Browntail Moth
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Connecticut Native Plant and Sustainable Landscaping Guide

By Victoria Wallace and Alyssa Siegel-Miles

Interest in native plants and sustainable landscaping has exploded over the last decade. Through our UConn Extension Sustainable Turf & Landscape program, we provide practical science-based information to support the sustainability goals of Connecticut green industry professionals and home gardeners. With that in mind, we developed a free online guide of 44 pages of plant lists for every location matched with vibrant photographs.

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100 Plants to Feed the Monarch

Reviewed by Sara Bothwell Allen

As the populations of the Monarch (Danaus plexippus) have dropped precipitously in size in recent years, public engagement towards saving the Monarch is increasing thanks to education programming. This book provides gardeners, both novice and experienced, the information they need to make their home gardens or community spaces valuable parts of the Monarch’s global support system.

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