The population of Monarch butterflies has declined to the lowest level ever recorded, pollinators are in a well-reported nose dive, the 20 most common bird species have declined by 68% in the past 45 years. What does this all mean for us humans, the one species that all other species could exist without?
It turns out that we need other species, and lots of them, to maintain healthy ecosystems upon which we depend. Significant species decline is a red flag for diminished ecosystem health and that means a loss in ecosystem services – those services provided by nature that humans depend upon. We take these ecosystem services for granted, seldom realizing that our species cannot exist without them.
Clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, food to eat, protection from climate extremes and flooding events – these are just some of the services... [Read More]
Honey bees in decline, Monarch Butterflies in crisis, major threats to certain species of native bees – these are the stories we frequently see in the news these days. Wouldn’t it be great to support an organization whose mission it is to protect creatures like bees, butterflies, dragonflies, and other invertebrate species that are critical to healthy ecosystems? You can – simply by donating $35 or more to the Xerces Society in support of their efforts.
The Xerces Society is a non-profit organization with four decades under its belt, established in 1971. They use advocacy, education, and applied research to defend invertebrate species. And, they have a terrific website which is chock-full of useful information to ecologically-minded gardeners. Want to know what native plants will support native bees in the Pacific Northwest? Interested in how... [Read More]
Kim is the founder of EcoBeneficial! and an expert in ecological landscapes and native plants. She teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center in NY and several other institutions. Kim is an active speaker on many ecological gardening topics, presenting to garden clubs, nature centers, Audubon Society chapters, beekeepers, and other organizations interested in environmental improvements. Kim also… [Read More]