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Useful tools to help you improve the health of your landscape


The Bird Watching Answer Book

Nothing announces Spring more joyfully than the bustle of birds in our landscape. Some are returning neo-tropical migrants and others are loyal year-round residents, likely very happy now that winter is finally over. As the air fills with birdsongs we become ever more conscious of the many species that inhabit…

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Teaching Our Kids to Love the Earth: Inspiring Books by Melissa Stewart

In the past 16 years, accomplished children’s book author, Melissa Stewart, has written over 180 books, each one crafted to inspire kids to get outdoors and engage with nature. Pick up one of her many books, and I guarantee that you will learn something, too. In my recent interview with…

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“Nature Anatomy”

Every now and then you find a really practical book that is executed in such a pleasurable way that it makes you smile while reading it.  Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of the Natural World puts a smile on your face, while explaining such concepts as “Field Succession”…

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“Life in the Leaf Litter”

Need another reason not to rake up all those fallen leaves? The American Museum of Natural History makes good case for leaving leaf litter alone, in their publication “Life in the Leaf Litter” written by Elizabeth A. Johnson and Kefyn M. Catley.  Published by their Center for Biodiversity & Conservation,…

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New Research on Native Plants from the Mount Cuba Center

If you haven’t been to the Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Delaware, make every effort to visit.   Once the private estate of Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland, Mt. Cuba Center is now a spectacular botanical garden dedicated to native plants and native habitats.  The Center is also a…

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Farming With Native Beneficial Insects: Ecological Pest Control Solutions

The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that “protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat.”  A leader on pollinator conservation, their book, Attracting Native Pollinators, is an indispensible guide to creating pollinator-friendly landscapes.  Their latest book, Farming with Native Beneficial Insects: Ecological Pest Control Solutions, deserves a…

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