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Cats have a huge impact on wildlife but one solution resonates with cat-lovers? CATIOS! Providing sunshine for naps, fresh air to breathe, and a place for our observant friends to watch and listen to the great outdoors is often all a cat needs. For more info about catios read the Learn article http://content.yardmap.org/learn/cats-catio/ or see our Pinterest page for lots of ideas at https://www.pinterest.com/habitatnetwork/catio-ideas/

Cats have a huge impact on wildlife but one solution resonates with cat-lovers? CATIOS! Providing sunshine for naps, fresh air to breathe, and a place for our observant friends to watch and listen to the great outdoors is often all a cat needs. For more info about catios read the Learn article http://content.yardmap.org/learn/cats-catio/ or see our Pinterest page for lots of ideas at https://www.pinterest.com/habitatnetwork/catio-ideas/

Research shows that in a drought the bigger trees are the first to die off. What to do? A rain barrel is a good option. Set one up for each big tree in your yard, and focus water use on those large, valuable trees. Read about rain barrels: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/adding-a-rain-barrel-to-your-property/  research: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150929142248.htm

Research shows that in a drought the bigger trees are the first to die off. What to do? A rain barrel is a good option. Set one up for each big tree in your yard, and focus water use on those large, valuable trees. Read about rain barrels: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/adding-a-rain-barrel-to-your-property/ research: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150929142248.htm

Cemeteries can be "spooky", but for birds and other wildlife their potential to provide viable, healthy habitat is immense. Often dominated by large seed or fruit-producing trees and shrubs makes these community spaces a potential refuge for animals.  Consider finding a cemetery in your community and adding to the Habitat Network Map--www.habitat.network.

Cemeteries can be "spooky", but for birds and other wildlife their potential to provide viable, healthy habitat is immense. Often dominated by large seed or fruit-producing trees and shrubs makes these community spaces a potential refuge for animals. Consider finding a cemetery in your community and adding to the Habitat Network Map--www.habitat.network.

This time of year you may hear many superstitions about owls. One such story states that seeing an owl in a barn meant that it was haunted. No other creature would dare inhabit a building with ghost. Most likely, though, the lack of other creatures was due to the presence and feeding habits of a predatory raptor. Owl lore goes back many hundreds of years. Happy h-owl-oween!

This time of year you may hear many superstitions about owls. One such story states that seeing an owl in a barn meant that it was haunted. No other creature would dare inhabit a building with ghost. Most likely, though, the lack of other creatures was due to the presence and feeding habits of a predatory raptor. Owl lore goes back many hundreds of years. Happy h-owl-oween!

We recently learned about this Residential Water Conservation Rebate Program in Southern California. If your region qualifies, you could receive funding to transform your yard from a water dependent landscape, to one rich in native trees, plants and shrubs that require less water--referred to as xeriscaping. This is a win-win-win opportunity to transform your landscape. To learn more, visit: https://www.ladwp.com/…/f…/wcnav_externalId/hta-wat-cons-reb

We recently learned about this Residential Water Conservation Rebate Program in Southern California. If your region qualifies, you could receive funding to transform your yard from a water dependent landscape, to one rich in native trees, plants and shrubs that require less water--referred to as xeriscaping. This is a win-win-win opportunity to transform your landscape. To learn more, visit: https://www.ladwp.com/…/f…/wcnav_externalId/hta-wat-cons-reb

Welcome to December

Welcome to December

"Plants have natural self-defense mechanisms that kick in when they are infested with pests like the planthopper. This defense mechanism can be switched on using chemicals that do not harm the environment and are not toxic to the insects or their natural enemies."  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151202084505.htm

"Plants have natural self-defense mechanisms that kick in when they are infested with pests like the planthopper. This defense mechanism can be switched on using chemicals that do not harm the environment and are not toxic to the insects or their natural enemies." http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151202084505.htm

Remember the beauty of the geese flocks

Remember the beauty of the geese flocks

Snakes and lizards are often unsung heros in our habitats. Their presence helps keep rodent and insect populations in check. Our new planning tool (http://content.yardmap.org/learn/planning-tool/) provides you with ideas about how to support reptiles.   Our Learn pages also feature several articles discussing creating habitat for snakes and lizards. Head on over to Habitat Network to learn more: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/?s=reptile&post_type=learn

Snakes and lizards are often unsung heros in our habitats. Their presence helps keep rodent and insect populations in check. Our new planning tool (http://content.yardmap.org/learn/planning-tool/) provides you with ideas about how to support reptiles. Our Learn pages also feature several articles discussing creating habitat for snakes and lizards. Head on over to Habitat Network to learn more: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/?s=reptile&post_type=learn

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