Thank-you to this week's sponsors, West Coast Seeds and Bonadea Gardens. This week Maggie and Dave welcome on Mary Phillips from the NWF to share her passion about protecting our endangered pollinator species, like the monarch butterflies. There's so much you can do in next year's garden to help out pollinators. Find full episode show notes with links to everything discussed on our website.
Wasps are often portrayed as one of “the bad guys” in the insect world. But part of that common misconception comes from a lack of knowledge or understanding about wasps in general and stereotypes that don't apply to most wasp species. The truth is that wasps are extremely diverse and what most of us think of when we think of a “wasp” makes up only the tiniest percentage of all wasps out there. In fact, there are likely many different species of wasps that haven't even been identified yet. And wasps play an extremely important role in the ecosystem – one that is often overlooked and not well-understood. In this episode of the Backyard Ecology podcast, we are joined by Louis Nastasi who is a self-proclaimed ambassador for wasps. Louis is a PhD candidate at Penn State's Frost Entomological Museum which is Penn State's research collection of insects and other arthropods. He also founded and is one of the instructors for the Wasp ID Course, which will have its second session in January 2023. During our conversation, Louis and I dive into the fascinating diversity of wasps, especially parasitoid wasps, and their vital roles in the ecosystem. Louis believes that a lot of the misconceptions around wasps are due to a lack of recognition of just how diverse wasps are. Contrary to popular belief, most wasps aren't capable of stinging people and many are the size of a speck of dust. Like with the first episode that Louis was on, our conversation takes many twists and turns. We talk a lot about parasitoid wasps and just how amazing it is that many of these parasitoid relationships developed in the first place. (One of the wasps we talk about lays its eggs in diving beetle eggs which are found underwater!) We also discuss how much we don't know about these species and how much there is still to learn. But through it all, Louis's passion for wasps and wasp education shines through. Links: Louis's contact info: Email: LFN5093@PSU.edu Twitter: https://twitter.com/toomanywasps Wasp ID Course Website: https://WaspIDCourse.WordPress.com/ Twitter: @WaspIDCourse https://twitter.com/WaspIDCourse/ Email: waspIDcourse@gmail.com Other Resources: Forbes, A.A., Bagley, R.K., Beer, M.A. et al. Quantifying the unquantifiable: why Hymenoptera, not Coleoptera, is the most speciose animal order. BMC Ecol 18, 21 (2018). https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s12898-018-0176-x Wasps: Their Biology, Diversity, and Role as Beneficial Insects and Pollinators of Native Plants [hardcover] Heather N. Holm February, 2021 * : https://amzn.to/3fMZAho Wasp related video clips (including the fairy wasp one) from Life in the Undergrowth hosted by David Attenborough: Underwater wasps: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p003lcxg Oak Tree and Wasp Eggs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzXccvoJThI Paper colony: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p003lcxv Life in the Undergrowth hosted by David Attenborough (Full Documentary)*: https://amzn.to/3zYkGQU Related Backyard Ecology Resources: Galls: Amazingly Diverse and Fascinating Plant Growths: https://www.backyardecology.net/galls-amazingly-diverse-and-fascinating-plant-growths/ American Pelecinid Wasp: A Unique and Fascinating Critter: https://www.backyardecology.net/american-pelecinid-wasp-a-unique-and-fascinating-critter/ Wasps: Victims of an Often Undeserved Reputation: https://www.backyardecology.net/wasps-victims-of-an-often-undeserved-reputation/ Four-toothed Mason Wasp: https://www.backyardecology.net/four-toothed-mason-wasp/ Cicada Killers: Not as Menacing as They Appear: https://www.backyardecology.net/cicada-killers/ Eastern Red Velvet Ants: Doesn't Kill Cows and Isn't an Ant: https://www.backyardecology.net/eastern-red-velvet-ants-doesnt-kill-cows-and-isnt-an-ant/ Backyard Ecology Website: https://backyardecology.net YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/backyardecology Blog: https://www.backyardecology.net/blog/ Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/backyardecology Subscribe to Backyard Ecology emails: https://www.backyardecology.net/subscribe/ Episode image: A species of Ichneumon wasp, one of our many parasitoid species. Photo credit: USFWS Midwest Region, public domain
Supporting brands and companies that are impact driven is essential for driving change on a larger scale. With so many options for consumers, it is often hard to find the company to suit your needs while creating positive change, particularly for gift-giving! Today, we highlight the top 16 brands that we think are impact-driven and leave customers happy in this special holiday shopping guide. Helping us through this guide is Kate Fosson, CEO and Co-Founder of Brand Pollinators; a company focused on helping emerging, impact-driven brands grow. If you are looking for a gift for someone then we have you covered. In this episode, we learn about all kinds of products ranging from world-changing sprinkles to sustainable camping lunchboxes. Discover how to give the gift of sleep and relaxation, the perfect gifts for kids, brands for outdoor lovers, and much more! Eliminate the shopping stress and tune in to learn how to give with intention this holiday season with Kate Fosson!Key Points From This Episode:A brief background about Kate and her company, Brand Pollinators.Kate explains how she decided on which brands to feature for this episode.She outlines the concept of gift-giving with intention.Discover a brand for kids that is driven by nature.A company that makes alternative baking ingredients with no artificial dyes.Learn about some impact-driven gifts for outdoor enthusiasts. What the ‘hard-workers' category of the guide is focused on. Gifts for people who are in desperate need of relaxation and sleep. The gifts for people who love hosting parties and for the host themselves.Hear about indulgent and sustainable gifts to help you make new friends.Find out about some fun and interesting collaborations.How the behavior of gift buying has shifted in recent years. Find out how the buying guide has been structured for customers.Learn how the buying guide for kids has been designed and why.Why you should trust our choice of brands.Links Mentioned in Today's Episode:Kate FossonKate Fosson on LinkedInKate Fosson on FacebookKate Fosson on Twitter Kate Fosson on BehanceBrand PollinatorsBrand Pollinators on InstagramBrand Pollinators on YouTubeBrand Pollinators on LinkedInBrand Pollinators on FacebookImpact-Driven Holiday Guide 2022Shore BuddiesWareAlter EcoRock Hill CoffeeEpisode 63: Mompreneur on a Mission with Pallavi Pande of DtocsGage Mitchell on LinkedInEvolve CPGEvolve CPG CommunityEvolve CPG on YouTubeEvolve CPG email
If you have been paying attention, you will notice that the climate is changing. Plants and trees that used to thrive are dying off. Pollinators are disappearing. The seasons seem to arrive early - or late. It is too wet, then too dry. Climate change is real and it is here now. So how can we adapt our property, gardens and forests to deal with this new reality? Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the various challenges and complexities of living a sustainable life.
In Episode 26 I discuss some of my germination experiments for this season (plant your native seeds outside now!) for Spiranthes incurva, Lobelia dortmanna and kalmii as well as Parnassia glauca. I also discuss the differences between a "Clear Cut" vs. a "Patch Cut" and what the benefits of these types of management strategies are for increasing biodiversity and for wildlife. I also talk about digital herbariums and their benefits and what I've found! Enjoy!Support the show
As an accountant and a farmer, Joe Lawler sees building soil health as a way to strike a balance between economic and ecological success…and boy is it fun to see a pollinator planting come to life. More Information • LSP's Soil Health web page • Pollinator Conservation Resource Center • NRCS County Office Directory • Ear… Read More → Source
Vandaag het gesprek met Sarah van Buren. Sarah is klimaatactivist, feminist en freelancer. Van haar levensmissie heeft ze haar gemaakt en inmiddels werk ik aan campagnes bij non-profit organisaties zoals Greenpeace Nederland en The Pollinators. In 2021 heeft ze de YLBA gewonnen wat ontzettend veel deuren voor haar heeft geopend. Hierdoor is ze dichter bij haar droom gekomen om directeur van Greenpeace Nederland te worden. De weg naar het verwezenlijken van deze droom gebruikt ze om verder te ontdekken aan welke knoppen ze wil en kan draaien om een groenere, duurzaamere en eerlijkere samenleving te creëren. Voor haar begint dat op dit moment met jongerenparticipatie binnen het landbouw en voedselsysteem in Nederland. Voor de rest is ze dagelijks bezig met duurzaamheid. In de zomer van 2022 heeft ze een reis van 126 uur (heen en terug) gemaakt, zonder te vliegen. Ze had een bruiloft op Sicilië en ze is met de trein en boot daar naartoe gegaan. Dit is een hele bijzondere reis geweest en heeft ook veel mensen geïnspireerd om anders tegen reizen aan te kijken. Laten we beginnen… In gesprek met Sarah leerde ik: Met haar pitch om dat ze directeur wil worden van Greenpeace Nederland won ze de Young Ladies Business Academy van 2020. Ze heeft veel strijdkracht om de wereld te verbeteren vanuit de positie met de macht die ze heeft als directeur van Greenpeace. Een vrouw als directeur in deze positie helpt omdat ze duidelijk en empathisch te zijn. Door zich uit te spreken over deze gedachte kreeg ze focus, energie, aanhakingspunt en binnenkomer. 46,2 kg verborgen soja in een gemiddeld Nederlands dieet per jaar per persoon. Dit staat gelijk aan 1 ha ontbossing in de Cerrado. Monsieur Vegan, Katja Diehl en Nel Schellekens die met hun activiteiten mijn gedrag langzaam maar zeker veranderen. Per dag gaat er 48 miljoen euro subsidie naar fossiele brandstoffen Ze wil jongeren een handelingsperspectief laten zien voor het klimaatprobleem. Jong en klimaat beweging, die zitten meer op lobby en jongeren participatie. Ze had het gevoel dat ze moest kiezen om activist zijn, of politiek actief zijn of vanuit het bedrijfsleven van binnenuit werken aan de verandering, of juist voor non-profits werken. Ze is gaan actievoeren omdat ze zich niet gehoord voelde. Welke middelen heb je om belangen te veranderen? Een van de middelen is burgerlijke ongehoorzaamheid, zoals Rosa Parks en Greta Thunberg. Activisme is een belichaming van bepaalde principes. Je gebruikt je lichaam om iets te blokkeren. Er zijn veel manieren om de landbouw anders, meer duurzaam te organiseren, zoals agro ecologie, permacultuur, regeneratieve landbouw, kringloop landbouw, voedselbossen, waar de overheid een rol heeft om de transitie te ondersteunen. Bodemonderzoek in het Amazonegebied heeft laten zien waar mensen wonen en regeneratieve landbouw heeft plaatsgevonden een veel dikkere humuslaag is ontstaan. Er hoort geen scheiding te zijn tussen landbouw en natuur, en dat is er nu wel in Nederland. Er zijn nog voldoende redenen om als jonge vrouw feminist te zijn, ze hebben nog steeds niet dezelfde kansen als een man op de arbeidsmarkt. Het gaat verder dan dat voor Sarah, het gaat ook over de seksuele revolutie. Feminisme gaat over gelijke rechten voor iedereen. Abortus staat nog steeds in het Nederlands strafboek. Het activisme zit diep in haar, daarbij is het belangrijk dat je de juiste onderwerpen om voor te strijden moet kiezen. Op dit moment concentreert ze zich op voeding en landbouw. Binnen Europa vliegen is een no-go voor Sarah. Principes zijn pas principes als ze pijn doen. Cirkel van controle, concern en invloed. Ze is freelancer en haar bedrijf heet de Groene campaigner. Ze heeft o.a. Gewerkt voor Greenpeace Nederland, IVN en De Pollinator. Creëer je eigen werk als freelancer, ze gaat een jongeren conferentie organiseren over landbouw, voedsel en natuur.
[Got Flowers?] Oliver Retzloff shares about his flower growing enterprise at Wild Nectar Farm, where he and his husband Eric Knutson farm, ranch, and educate aspiring new and young regenerative farmers. In this episode, we are treated to the visually rich flower farm, and to the myriad ways in which growing and enjoying the beauty […] The post Episode 121 – Oliver Retzloff, Co-Founder, Wild Nectar Farm Talks Flowers (w/ Eric Knutson) first appeared on Y on Earth Community.
Watching birds go about their lives in your garden is one of the many benefits of gardening. Besides the joy of watching them, they are also busy eating pests and helping to keep a balanced ecosystem. I talk to bird expert Tammy Poppie about ways to create a healthy, safe and inviting environment for birds. Tammy and additional information about birding and their interaction with plants can be found at: onthefeeder.com allaboutbirds.org audubon.org/native-plants To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at firstname.lastname@example.org Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook
Many people get most excited about butterflies on their pollinator plants, but Eryngium yuccafolium, flowering late summer, perhaps attracts a larger diversity of visitors than almost any other insect magnet. According to the Xerces society website --bumble bees, yellow-faced bees, sweet bees, multiple beetles and dozens of fly species.
This week on Serenbe Stories, we're chatting with Thomas Peters, Sernebe's Director of Landscape and Horticulture, all about the creatures that call Serenbe home - from songbirds and butterflies to snakes and other creepy crawlies (Halloween is just around the corner, after all). Thomas joined the Serenbe team in 2017 after receiving his Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia. In his time here, he has played a central role in implementing natural approaches to landscape management, planting pollinator habitats for a thriving local ecosystem, and ensuring that Serenbe remains a place where people embrace the natural world. In addition to our discussion about Serenbe's wildlife, we also talk about Thomas's lifelong passion for the outdoors and how we can all learn to value nature in its many forms. Show Notes & Further ReadingLandscape Architecture at the University of GeorgiaR. Alfred “Alfie” Vick (University of Georgia)Art Farm EnvironmentChattahoochee Hills is now an official bee city (Art Farm at Serenbe)The Well Placed Weed by Ryan GaineyBirding Georgia by Giff BeatonA Time to Sow (Life at Serenbe Blog)Losing the Lawn (Life at Serenbe Blog)Every Day is Earth Day at Serenbe (Life at Serenbe Blog)
One of the most common pieces of advice given related to pollinator gardening is to try and have a constant supply of blooms available throughout the growing season. That's easy in the spring. The summer is a little more challenging than the spring, but is still relatively easy. Even early fall isn't too bad thanks to the goldenrods, ironweeds, and other fall flowers. It's the shoulder seasons that are the most challenging for providing flowers for pollinators. By shoulder seasons I mean the late winter / early spring and the late fall / early winter. For me, that typically corresponds to February / March and October / November. Your shoulder seasons may occur at slightly different times depending on how far north or south you live and your elevation. One of the reasons that the shoulder seasons are difficult is because the weather is so crazy at that time. Most flowers just can't take the cold temps, frosts, and freezes that are often associated with the shoulder seasons. However, there are a few native plants that can handle the crazy weather of the shoulder seasons. I'm recording this in October, so I'm going to focus on native plants that bloom in the late fall /early winter shoulder season, or the October / November time period. On a side note, if the weather is good, many of our goldenrods, white fall asters, thoroughworts, and other fall flowers will bloom well into October. However, most of those flowers will be killed off with the first good frosts. The native plants that I'm focusing on in this episode are the ones that typically don't start blooming until around October and that can survive those first frosts after most of the earlier blooming fall flowers are gone. To make it easier for you to refer back to particular parts of the podcast, here are the plants and the time I start talking about each: American witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana): 4:39 Short's aster (Symphyotrichum shortii) and Wavy leaf aster (Symphyotrichum undulatum): 8:05 Tickseed sunflower (Bidens aristosa): 12:24 American mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum): 15:03 Links: Relevant Backyard Ecology blog articles and podcast episodes: American Witch Hazel: The Last Flowers of the Year: https://www.backyardecology.net/american-witch-hazel-the-last-flowers-of-the-year/ Short's Aster: https://www.backyardecology.net/shorts-aster/ Wavy leaf aster – A late feast for pollinators: https://www.backyardecology.net/wavy-leaf-aster-a-late-feast-for-pollinators/ American Mistletoe – A Holiday Plant Enjoyed by Pollinators and Wildlife: https://www.backyardecology.net/american-mistletoe-a-holiday-plant-enjoyed-by-pollinators-and-wildlife/ Remember the Shoulder Seasons when Planting for Pollinators: https://www.backyardecology.net/remember-the-shoulder-seasons-when-planting-for-pollinators/ 5 Fall Blooming Native Plants I Love: https://www.backyardecology.net/5-fall-blooming-native-plants-i-love/ Busy Bee Nursery and Consulting: https://busybeenurseryandconsulting.com/ Backyard Ecology Website: https://backyardecology.net Backyard Ecology YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/backyardecology Backyard Ecology Blog: https://www.backyardecology.net/blog/ Backyard Ecology Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/backyardecology Subscribe to Backyard Ecology emails: https://www.backyardecology.net/subscribe/ Episode image: Tickseed sunflowers Photo credit: Becky, cc-0
Overwintering and Nesting Habitat for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects, Xerces Society PDF: https://bit.ly/3StclM6 Compost in the Fall Garden: https://bit.ly/3rlF1ea Coeur d'Alene Coop Growing Garlic Series: https://bit.ly/3fApVP6 Source for Seed Garlic (planting bulbs): Mountain Valley Garlic https://www.mountainvalleygarlic.com/ Interested in creating your own podcast? Zenith Exhibits Studios provides affordable podcast production services. Recording, Editing, Hosting, AI Transcription, and Publishing included for one low monthly price. Visit www.zenithexhibits.studios or call (208) 209-7170 to learn more.
Have you ever considered beekeeping as the path to teaching leadership skills and tap passions? Kamal Bell has been doing that on his first generation farm in Cedar Grove, NC. As we sat down to discuss the farm, we found chairs and sat down in a hot tunnel surrounded by seedlings to be planted soon for fall/winter harvests. We talk through getting the bee hives ready for winter. Kamal admits he wasn't a fan of bees before. Starting hives was actually a suggestion of one of the youth in the farm's agricultural leadership program. The lessons from the hives keep coming and they draw a lot of interest from young and old. See photos, video & more at https://groundedbythefarm.com/bee-hives/ Follow Sankofa Farms on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sankofafarms/
Invasive woody species, like bush honeysuckle and Callery pear, can devastate native woody species affecting the entire ecosystem. Last month we discussed how these species affect insects and this month we are joined by recently retired Extension Specialist and all-around bird enthusiast, Chuck Otte. With decades of bird watching experience, Chuck shares his thoughts on the factors impacting bird species in Kansas and why we should all pay more attention to the implications of those changes. Below are resources discussed on this episode. The Value of Native and Invasive Fruit-Bearing Shrubs for Migrating Songbirds: https://pubag.nal.usda.gov/catalog/1292093 Nutritional Values of Wild Fruits and Consumption by Migrant Frugivorous Birds: https://www.jstor.org/stable/1940543 Sibley Guide to Birds: https://www.sibleyguides.com/ National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America, 7th edition: https://www.theaudubonshop.com/product/national-geographic-field-guide-to-birds-of-north-america-seventh-edition/ Merlin App: https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/ The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: https://www.birds.cornell.edu/home/ https://ksbirds.org/
It's Bee's Knees Week and the air is buzzing! Sam Nelis of Barr Hill joins Greg and Sother to talk about how they're helping the pollinators and making some damn tasty gin in the process.Wanna get involved? Post a picture of a drink this week on Instagram and tag @barrhillgin with the hashtag #beeskneesweek. The good folks up there in Vermont will plant 10 square feet of pollinator habitat for every photo there is! Please SUBSCRIBE and RATE the show if you can. Join us each week as we sit down with a wide range of hospitality and spirits experts from around the world to discuss everything that impacts our business. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM:Damon Boelte @DamonBoelteSother Teague @CreativeDrunkGreg Benson @100ProofGregSpeakeasy Podcast @SpeakeasyPodcastFOLLOW US ON TWITTER: Sother Teague @CreativeDrunk SpeakeasyRadio @SpeakeasyRadio#DrinkingOnTheRadioHeritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support The Speakeasy by becoming a member!The Speakeasy is Powered by Simplecast.
Marci Lininger calls monarch butterflies the guardian angels of the pollinator world. By doing good things for monarchs, we also help a myriad of other species that also need our help. This past summer, the monarch was officially designated as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Curious to know more about what that means and what can be done to help, we speak with Marci Lininger, with the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative, and a returning guest, Amy Roskilly with the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District. In this episode, hear about these fascinating creatures and find out how to help them by collecting milkweed pods and growing the things that monarchs need on their long journey south to Mexico. Guests:Marci Lininger - The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative Amy Roskilly - Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation DistrictResources:Film - The Flight of the Butterflies The sound of butterflies Common Milkweed Pod Collection with the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation DistrictReading for kids: The Mystery of the Monarchs
While director of Rutgers Gardens in New Jersey, Bruce Crawford gave a talk, he coined Sexy Native Plants. He's now with Willowwood Arboretum bringing a reflection on his presentation about Native Plants for Native Pollinators (the G-rated version – smile). We chat about sources to find more native plants specific to your area. Such as my go-to book by Doug Tallamy: Bringing Nature Home- How you can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants. And other helpful sources such as plant lists provided by Native Plant Societies. Link to Related Stories:Native Plants for Native PollinatorsNative Plants, especially Oaks, are Essential – featuring Doug Talamy's book The Nature of Oaks.Other helpful links:American Horticultural Society's – list of Native Plant Societies ***Kind listeners, I'd love to hear about your garden and nature stories. And your thoughts about topics for future podcast episodes. Please email me at AskMaryStone@gmail.com. You can Follow Garden Dilemmas on Facebook and Instagram #MaryElaineStoneEpisode web page —Garden Dilemmas Podcast PageThank you for sharing the garden of life,Mary Stone, Columnist & Garden DesignerGarden Dilemmas? AskMaryStone.com
Naturalist Shelly Colatskie previews the Protecting our Pollinators event tomorrow at MDC's Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. Also, learning more about more of our prevalent pollinators. For more, visit: https://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/get-close-missouris-important-pollinators-powder-valley-nature-centers-protecting-our
One of the most common questions I get is, “What should I plant for pollinators?” As you'll hear in today's conversation, I'm not the only one who frequently gets that question. It's probably the most common question asked of anyone who promotes pollinator gardening. Unfortunately, there isn't a simple answer to that question because lots of different factors go into determining the best plants for any given area or situation. However, research into this topic can give us clues as to what plants might be good ones to consider for our own gardens. In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Laura Russo. Laura is an Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee. She and her colleagues have been studying interactions between native plants and flower visiting insects. They recently published a report evaluating pollinator preferences of 18 different native plants in garden settings. Laura and my conversation covers, not only some of the findings of the study, but also the complexities that go into conducting scientific research like this. There's a lot more to it than simply planting a garden and seeing what visits the flowers. Recognizing those complexities can help us understand why this type of work is so important and why research related to planting for pollinators isn't done as often or cover as many species as many of us might like. Obviously, with only 18 different species in the study, there are a lot of species that were left out of the study. So, another one of the topics we talked about was their reasons for picking the species they picked for the study. We also discussed the importance of taking into account the gardener's preferences, as well as, the pollinators' preferences when planting for pollinators around our homes. No project can ever test every single flowering plant out there under every single condition possible, but research like what Laura and her colleagues are doing is still really important. And you don't have to live in east Tennessee for this research to be valuable, especially when you look at this research in conjunction with similar research from other areas. By looking at projects from a variety of locations, patterns can emerge, such as a genus that is consistently popular among flower visiting insects. These patterns can give us hints as to generalizations that we can make and point us in potential directions to go in the absence of exhaustive research in our exact location. Links: Planting for Pollinators in East Tennessee: https://extension.tennessee.edu/publications/Documents/W1095.pdf Backyard Ecology Website: https://backyardecology.net Backyard Ecology YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/backyardecology Backyard Ecology Blog: https://www.backyardecology.net/blog/ Backyard Ecology Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/backyardecology Subscribe to Backyard Ecology emails: https://www.backyardecology.net/subscribe/ Episode image: A leafcutter bee on a yellow wild indigo (Baptisia tinctoria) flower Photo credit: Laura Russo, all rights reserved
Indiana's largest solar park also home to sheep and pollinators, plus how solar farms can also be, well…farms. Meet Inspire, fostering USA low-impact solar development.
Tuesday • March 15, 2022 Here from Missouri is an amazing beekeeper, gardener, and author, CHARLOTTE EKKER WIGGINS! https://amzn.to/3wWX6lR ()https://amzn.to/3wWX6lR (Bee Club Basics: How to Start a Bee Club)https://amzn.to/3CW0KjI ()https://amzn.to/3CW0KjI (A Beekeeper's Diary: Self Guide to Keeping Bees)Has lots of checklists to help you get started. Master Beekeeper class is using her next book Bees Need Flowers, Planting for Pollinators coming out soon. Tips include: reading a lot. Join a bee club because it's like learning a new language. Beekeeping is very local Need to know bee biology to work with bees not tell them what to do Spend a year learning about beekeeping by taking 1 or more classes, reading, meeting other beekeepers. Bees are colony based, not self centered like humans. Bees sometimes leave because they don't want to spread disease to the hive. Jackie asks what if you can't find a club? Thanks to the pandemic lots of clubs are meeting on Zoom like https://beesbeyondborders.com/ (Bees Beyond Borders) in Florida have guest speakers from leading bee experts in the country. What works and what doesn't in a gardenThe critical part of providing bees is your SOIL HAS TO BE HEALTHY! Need to keep soil healthy which will keep plants healthy and then bees will be healthy and food we eat will be healthy. One out of every 3 bites of food we eat is from bee pollination.Composting is the easiest thing to do. Mulch with compost. Lots of bird houses for natural pest control I'm the same way. There's so many garden chores I don't want to do but compost is so easy! I don't understand people who say it's too hard, messy or complicated. Charlotte adds we need to move away from perfection. In the old days, magazines used to really focus on green lawns. Common sense says it's expensive to put in, you need to put in high expensive fertilizers, the minute it grows you cut it down and it doesn't really add anything to the environment. A bug bite on a rose leaf is exciting it means there's a relationship between ladybugs and praying mantis etc who are eating the pests in the garden because they need food so a whole in a leaf is important for the rose to grow. What grew well? Catnip What's something new or different your excited to try? Some https://www.rareseeds.com/ (Baker Creek Co Seeds).https://www.rareseeds.com/ (https://www.rareseeds.com/) Some flowers and peppers that were ordered. I like the tried and true. Do you save your own seeds? I just tried spaghetti squash and loved it so I saved those. I also do companion planting. I plant onions around my roses to deter bugs and if I need an onion. I mix my vegetables and flowers, I don't have them in rows, I plant them in with my flowers because I can move them around each year so they're not planted in the same soil and using up all the nutrients and the pollinators are attracted by the flowers. How about something that didn't go the way you thought is was going to? My least favorite thing is to dig holes, I didn't get as much mulch as I would have liked in some new flower beds, and I planted some zinnias in a bed that wasn't quite ready for planting. They didn't do as well as they should have. Getting to the Root of Things What's your favorite activity in the garden? Play with my bees. How do you play with your bees? Follow them and observe where they're going. Are they on fruit trees or flowers? Are the mason bees out of their houses? Things I do to keep the veroa mites low. Want to monitor and keep hives small. What's big and small? A nucleus hive is about 5-8000 bees. A full colony is 60-80,000 bees. Pollen for the queen and nectar is flight fuel. Mutual relationship between bees and flowers. If you have good forage through growing season April through October. 2,000,000 flowers to make a pound of honey. Best advice? Soil section of the master gardener classes. I will take a...
For this edition of "Bug Talk" Lisa and Rhonda are joined by special guest Dr. Barb Abraham, an ecology professor, bee researcher and Chair of the Bee City USA - Hampton steering committee. Today they're talking about native bees. Did you know that you can have an average of 100 different bee species in your yard? And that native bees typically are not aggressive and do not sting? You may have seen some that look like gnats, flies or wasps and not even realized they were actually bees! Learn how you can support your native bee populations by avoiding pesticides, offering a consistent water source, a providing nesting habitat. Recommended Bee Books: All of these are profusely illustrated with stunning photographs... Holm, Heather. 2017. Bees. An identification and native plant forage guide. Pollination Press, LLC. Minnesota. Holm, Heather. 2014. Pollinators of native plants. Pollination Press, LLC. Minnesota Embry, Paige. 2018. Our native bees. Timber Press. Portland, OR. Frey, Kate and Gretchen LeBuhn. 2016. The bee-friendly garden. Ten Speed Press. Berkeley. Wilson, JS and OM Carrill. 2016. The bees in your backyard. Princeton University Press. Princeton and Oxford. Xerces Society. 2016.100 plants to feed the bees. Storey Publishing. North Adams, MA. Xerces Society.2011. Attracting native pollinators. Storey Publishing. North Adams, MA. This one is heavy reading for the avid apiphile, few colored illustrations... Danforth, BN, Minckley, RL, and JL Neff. The solitary bees. Biology, evolution, conservation. Princeton University Press. Princeton and Oxford. Other Links & Mentions Bee City USA - Hampton, VA: Website Facebook The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation Sign up to receive our weekly Farm News! The Field and Garden Podcast is produced by Lisa Mason Ziegler, award-winning author of Vegetables Love Flowers and Cool Flowers, owner of The Gardener's Workshop, Flower Farming School Online, and the publisher of Farmer-Florist School Online and Florist School Online. Watch Lisa's Story and connect with Lisa on social!
In this episode we are joined by Forest Health Specialist Ryan Rastok to discuss the impacts that invasive woody species, like bush honeysuckle, have on our insect pollinators. Next month we'll take a look at how these same woody species impact birds. Controlling bush honeysuckle: https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF3222.pdf Callery pear control: https://www.kansasforests.org/forest_health/callerypear.html Pear rust: https://hnr.k-state.edu/extension/info-center/common-pest-problems/common-pest-problem-new/Pear%20Rust.pdf Thank you to the Lawrence Public Library for allowing us to be the very first users of their new podcast recording room! In the first few minutes of the podcast you will hear the audio drop out on a few words. This is just part of the joy of technology and as we move deeper into the episode those issues resolve!
The Ohio Field Leader Roadshow is the focus of this month's podcast as Dusty traveled to Fulton County to visit with Les Seiler about the conservation practices they implement on their farm. Dusty and Les discuss cover crop production, conservation tillage and no-till, and a two-stage ditch that was constructed to reduce erosion and improve water quality. Along the way they also discuss having a continuously growing crop, planting green, soil health, water quality, and pollinator habitat created by the two-stage ditch. All these practices working in conjunction to benefit to the total environment.
In this episode of From the Woods Today, we talk about how insects and amphibians rely on native plants and learn some tips to gear landscape design mindsets toward the host first and plant second. We also have a segment on prepping your yard for fall pollinators, as well as discuss how to implement fire on landscapes to improve the health of our forested systems. 8.24.22. Watch Video From the Woods Today
We often talk of providing for pollinators. In fact, I discussed it on Monday while talking about pollinators and roadways. The talk usually centers around wildflowers, perennials and annuals. Today I'm sharing trees and shrubs fit for pollinators and also attractive to migrating birds. Providing shelter and food for all of them! Check them on Garden Bite.
In this episode, we discuss a critical but often forgotten topic in agriculture: the contribution of pollinators to our global food supply. We are joined by Executive Director Kelly Rourke and Bee Friendly Farming Coordinator Miles Dakin from the Pollinator Partnership to learn the science behind bee pollination, its contribution to a diverse food system, and how the industry is making strides towards bee-friendly farming. Listen now to learn how you can do your part in protecting pollinators and why these hard-working insects are integral to human health and the planet.
The photos are mine of the Mirabilis longiflora flowers and Manduca sexta, the Carolina Sphinx moth and tobacco hornworm. Note the seven streamline white stripes and the red horn on the tobacco hornworm. The adult moth, has some pretty cool markings as well. We don't find the tomato hornworms (M. quinquemaculata) in our garden, so I guessing that it’s the Carolina sphinx moth (M. sexta) that visits the long flowered 4 o'clock at our home, not knowing about its exclusivity, and shoot, it may even share with the white lined sphinx moth (Hyles lineata). Whaaaa? And hey, maybe the 5 spotted hawkmoth only hangs out in the nearby hills with research scientists. Fine! Thanks to Janine McCabe and JenJen Zen, who whether they know it or not…now they do… steered me in the right direction on these moths. Yay!
Over 80% of plants need pollinators to reproduce -- this includes a majority of crops humans eat. To say that pollinators are important is an understatement. The founder and CEO of the non-profit Pollinator Posse, Tora Rocha, joins me to discuss what we can do on our part. She gives tips on how to create a pollinator friendly garden, plants that are both food and host plants, and how to create a Monarch habitat. We learn how many native California bee species there are…. it's a lot. Tora can be found at: Instagram: @pollinatorposse & @toranado12 Facebook: @Pollinator Posse Website: pollinatorposse.org Website: xerces.org To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at email@example.com Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook
Have you heard the buzz about pollinators? Bees, butterflies, wasps, and even some flies live fascinating lives and play critical roles in our ecosystems. Come learn why we should make more room for pollinators in our yards and how to do it. Guests:Rachel Taylor, Volunteer Research Associate for the Southwest Monarch Study and Administrator of the Utah Friends of Monarchs Facebook pageJoseph (Joe) Wilson, Associate Professor of Biology, Utah State Univ; co-author of several books, including "Common Bees of Eastern North America" and "The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America's Bees"
Is honey bee barf? All about honey, and why it's not vegan. By Emily Moran Barwick at BiteSizeVegan.org. Original post: https://bitesizevegan.org/ethics/is-deer-hunting-necessary-for-population-control/ Related post: https://bitesizevegan.org/is-honey-vegan-healthy-humane/ Bite Size Vegan was founded on the belief that everyone deserves access to solid, factual information on issues impacting their health, our planet, society, and the lives of other sentient beings. The website, videos, resources and speeches serve to provide this access in formats tailored to modern methods of information consumption—digestible and approachable, yet backed by rigorous research. Believing in the power of an informed public, Emily provides free, open-access to right-to-know information in a digestible format. Bite Size Vegan fills a unique space in vegan activism & advocacy by bringing together the accessibility of engaging social-media content with the integrity and depth of research-backed, transparently-cited educational information. By helping people make the connection that veganism—far from an extreme way of life—is simply aligning our actions with the values we already have, Bite Size Vegan strives to end the pervasive exploitation of non-human animals. How to support the podcast: Share with others. Recommend the podcast on your social media. Follow/subscribe to the show wherever you listen. Buy some vegan/plant based merch: https://www.plantbasedbriefing.com/shop Follow Plant Based Briefing on social media: Twitter: @PlantBasedBrief YouTube: YouTube.com/PlantBasedBriefing Facebook: Facebook.com/PlantBasedBriefing LinkedIn: Plant Based Briefing Podcast Instagram: @PlantBasedBriefing #vegan #plantbased #veganpodcast #plantbasedpodcast #plantbasedbriefing #bitesizevegan #honey #pollinators #bees #honeybees #queenbee #beekeeper #honeyisnotvegan
This week we're sharing even more amazing facts about wasps! There's so much to appreciate about these extremely under-appreciated insects. Listen to learn more! Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. And don't forget to check out our TikTok! Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!
Lauren Gedlinske, a graduate student in the Department of Ecology at Montana State University, discusses her career trajectory and her research on floral scents and pollinators in Montana.
Producing your own honey and having your own bees can be a fun and rewarding backyard hobby. But how do you go about starting -- do you need to buy bees or can you catch your own swarm? I talk to professional beekeeper, Blake Dacy and backyard hobbyist/host of Good Day Sacramento Tina Macuha all about bees. We discuss how bees go about building a hive, what they require, how to treat for mites and everything in between. Plus -- Blake and Tina share their fun swarm collecting stories. Blake can be found at: Instagram: @sacramentobeekeeper Facebook: @ BlakeSacramentoBeekeeperDacy Website: sacramentobeekeeper.com Tina can be found at: Instagram: @tinamachua To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram email Marlene at firstname.lastname@example.org Find Marlene over on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook
This week we're bringing you part one of our two-parter on what may be the most maligned group of insects in the world: the wasps! In this episode we explain the basics of wasps and try to prove to you why they're actually extremely important and deserving of our respect. So make sure to give this one a listen! Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. And don't forget to check out our TikTok! Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.
Prairie landscapes are renewable energy rich with all the wind and sun our prairies experience, and renewable energy development can have a big footprint in these landscapes. Today we discuss an emerging trend to develop pollinator-friendly solar energy facilities that also support local agriculture through sheep grazing.
On this week's show: Plans to push a modern space probe beyond the edge of the Solar System, crustaceans that pollinate seaweed, and the latest in our series of author interviews on food, science, and nutrition After visiting the outer planets in the 1980s, the twin Voyager spacecraft have sent back tantalizing clues about the edge of our Solar System and what lies beyond. Though they may have reached the edge of the Solar System or even passed it, the craft lack the instruments to tell us much about the interstellar medium—the space between the stars. Intern Khafia Choudhary talks with Contributing Correspondent Richard Stone about plans to send a modern space probe outside the Solar System and what could be learned from such a mission. Next up on the show, Myriam Valero, a population geneticist at the evolutionary biology and ecology of algae research department at Sorbonne University, talks with host Sarah Crespi about how a little crustacean might help fertilize a species of algae. If the seaweed in the study does use a marine pollinator, it suggests there may have been a much earlier evolutionary start for pollination partnerships. Finally, we have the next in our series on books exploring the science of food and agriculture. This month, host Angela Saini talks with biochemist T. Colin Campbell about his book The Future of Nutrition: An Insider's Look at the Science, Why We Keep Getting It Wrong, and How to Start Getting It Right. This week's episode was produced with help from Podigy. [Image: Johns Hopkins APL/Mike Yakovlev; Music: Jeffrey Cook] [alt: illustration of an interstellar probe crossing the boundary of the heliosphere with podcast symbol overlay] Authors: Sarah Crespi; Rich Stone; Angela Saini; Khafia Choudhary ++ LINKS FOR MP3 META Episode page: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.ade1292 About the Science Podcast: https://www.science.org/content/page/about-science-podcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Birds are part of the complex web of Nature, and each fits into this web in its own way. Some even pollinate flowers! While feeding at a flower, this Rainbow Lorikeet gets pollen on its forehead and throat. When it visits another flower of the same species, it transfers the pollen to that flower. The pollen fertilizes the plant's eggs to produce its seeds, and the plant's reproduction is assured.More info and transcript at BirdNote.org. Want more BirdNote? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter. Sign up for BirdNote+ to get ad-free listening and other perks. BirdNote is a nonprofit. Your tax-deductible gift makes these shows possible.