In Alaska, bears rival birds as seed dispersers. Oregon State researchers analyzed the scat of brown bear and noted a high abundance of understory plant seeds. Bears may play a more significant role in preserving Alaska's native biodiversity than previously understood. Need some berry good ideas for your neck of the woods? Check out this article: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/winter-berries/
It's October, and what's scarier than a horror movie marathon? Not having any thorny shrubs in your yard! Before you go all Edward Scissorhands on those thorny hedgerows, think of The Birds. Yes, birds like to nest in thorny shrubs because they deter predators, and that's no Urban Legend. Plant shrubs with thorns; birds will nest in them, and about 28 Days Later, those nests will be full of Warm Bodies. Slither on over to YardMap to learn more about shrubs!
Ungulates are often victims of car collisions when forced to make crossings as they migrate. Wyoming has six wildlife underpasses and two overpasses to research these corridors. More than crossings and collision reductions by
Concrete and asphalt in urban areas are impermeable. Storm water courses through the solid landscape as runoff and collects pollutants and sediment that accumulate in the waterways. Urban trees reduce N and P in runoff and grow larger as a result. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151125130017.htm
Remembering that we, too, are a part of nature is important. Perhaps participating in citizen science brings us a little closer to that memory? It certainly helps create that record of nature's self-discovery.