Archive | Wildlife Habitats

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The Birds and the Trees: Managing the Urban Forest for Wildlife

by Dr. Susannah B. Lerman Trees and other vegetation deliver numerous essential ecosystem services in urban and suburban communities. In particular, the trees store and sequester carbon, help mitigate the urban heat island effect through evapotranspiration and by providing shade, and have the capacity to infiltrate stormwater runoff, thus alleviating flood risk (Nowak et al. […]

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For the Birds

by Karen Bussolini Bluebirds brighten any day, but their blast of blue and muted melodies especially lift my spirits in winter. On sunny mornings they’re like blue-clad clowns catching drops of snowmelt mid-drip as they hang upside down from the eaves of my garden shed. When every feathered creature around descends on the big old […]

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Plants for Birds: Plant It and They Will Come

by Tod Winston Plant It and They Will Come: Such is the mantra of the modern bird-friendly gardening movement, founded in the growing scientific consensus that by increasing native plant populations, we provide birds with the resources they need to thrive. As manager of Audubon’s Plants for Birds program, I oversee its native plants database, […]

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More than Just a Pollinator Garden

by Tara Mitchell The landscape has long been shaped by economics. Marketing tells us which plants are weeds and which are desirable, which insects are pests to be eradicated and which are worthy of saving. While all insects are declining, those chosen to be saved are those that are most visible and that also bring […]

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Green Landscapes on Solar Sites—an Enormous Business Opportunity

Public Benefits from Ecological Landscapes Include Pollinator Habitat, Improved Water and Soil Quality by Rob Davis Dramatic changes in cost can drive dramatic changes in customer behavior—and create extraordinary business opportunities. Such is the situation right now with solar energy — hardware costs have plummeted by 80 percent in the last five years and the […]

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The Role of Native Cultivars in the Ecological Landscape: Evaluating Insect Preferences and Nectar Quality in Phlox and Its Cultivars

by Keith Nevison Take a trip to your local nursery and head to the native plant section. Do you come across any cultivars of native plants (“nativars”) among their offerings? Do you wonder if these selections offer the same level of ecological benefits to native wildlife as their straight species counterparts? As a landscaper, how […]

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