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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.


Gleanings from Headline News – May 2022

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

  • Saving the World’s Threatened Trees
  • Skills for Bees in Scotland’s Cairngorms
  • Birds inspire Art, Awe, and Action
  • Noticing What’s Going On
  • Navigating Nurseries this Spring
  • For Gen Z, Climate Change Is a Heavy Emotional Burden
  • No Mow May
  • Superbloom in Tower of London
  • Support Spring Pollinators: Think Big
  • Improvements Still Needed in Lawn Care
  • Bringing Controlled Burns
  • Developer Buys 10,000 Suns Property
  • Are Nature-Based Solutions on Climate Being Overlooked?
  • Shop Your Garden First
  • Organic Farming Podcast
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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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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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Echinochloa walteri ( Coast barnyard grass) Photo by Anton A. Reznicek

Grasses, Sedges, Rushes

By Lauren Brown and Ted Elliman

Grasses are everywhere. They cover vast areas of the earth, yet they also grow out of the cracks of city sidewalks. Yet few people – even those who are passionately interested in nature – take the trouble to learn the names of grasses. Here are but a few types of grasses, sedges, and rushes to whet your appetite to discover the wonders of these plant species

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