Sarah and Dan Barron No matter your garden, or gardening experience, planting native species can be aesthetically pleasing while contributing to local biodiversity. To some, the “native” gardening journey may seem daunting. We’re writing to provide you with valuable resources that we hope will turn hesitation or fear into enjoyment and excitement. Between the two … Continue reading Getting Started with Native Plants
A Syrphid fly visits Pasque Flower on a windy spring afternoon. What can you do, in a seasonal desert, but search for perfection, means of living or dying, not by illness, or natural selection, but the economists algorithm.
1. When the snow melts, and daylight hours begin to cast a warm light, Pasque Flowers (Anemone patens) surface to welcome another year. 2. An American couple pause to reflect on a coal fired power plant below. 3. The most sacred grounds, of the rarest beauty, traveled by many, but understood by few. 4. As life reawakens, the … Continue reading Barn Bluff, Redwing Minnesota
Neonicotinoids (neo-nih-CAH-tin-oids) are systemic chemicals, which are absorbed into the plant's vascular system, leaving the entire plant toxic to both target and non-target insects. Systemic chemicals affect the central nervous system of insects, resulting in paralysis and death. This class of insecticides is particularly harmful to bees as accumulated neonicotinoids are consumed by adults or … Continue reading On Neonicotinoids
The connections around us are seemingly endless. Without acute awareness the transmissions of understanding are squandered. Every relationship tells a history, native or forced. We must keep our eyes and ears tuned to the truth.
May 20th, 2013 The recently proposed changes to the Wisconsin DNR endangered species list are a troubling distortion of wildlife vigor. The proposed removal of species such as Blanding's Turtle, American fever-few and Prairie Indian-Plantain, among others, favors unsustainable development, and leaves even more of our native species increasingly vulnerable to extinction. The Wisconsin DNR … Continue reading Comments on the Wisconsin DNR Species Status Assessment
Agapostemon on Ranunculus fascicularis Green Sweat Bee on Early Buttercup When the ground thaws, for just a few weeks, and the balance between sunlight and precipitation begins to mediate, one can find the reassurance of sights once seen, one year ago. Botany study 130428.01
October 3, 2012 Daniel Barron Freeport, Illinois Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a shortsighted approach to solving our economic and energy needs. The deeper implications of the fracking process and natural gas consumption boom establish a weak and misleading justification for unfounded benefits the industry, and their interest groups, would like us to believe. 1. … Continue reading Fracking is a shortsighted solution to our energy needs