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Wildfires are a common natural and necessary part of nature. Human management of landscapes and regular suppression of wildfires, combined with invasive species effects and a changing climate, have increased the intensity and scale of wildfires.

Wildfires are a common natural and necessary part of nature. Human management of landscapes and regular suppression of wildfires, combined with invasive species effects and a changing climate, have increased the intensity and scale of wildfires.

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!

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!

Adding Bird Sightings to Your YardMap

Adding Bird Sightings to Your Habitat Map

Give back.Plant flowering/fruit/nut trees,bushes,plants,bi-annuals and annuals.Always have something for them to pollinate.They're a Bee's Buffet :-)

Plant flowering/fruit/nut trees,bushes,plants,bi-annuals and annuals.Always have something for them to pollinate.They're a Bee's Buffet :-)

Growing research links the conditions of our everyday environments to our overall health. Research in Toronto, documents a possible correlation between the amount of trees in communities and the overall health perception of residents and their risk of hearth disease, diabetes or stroke.  To learn more about creating green space in urban environments explore: http://content.yardmap.org/…/creating-habitat-in-the-city-2/ To read the actual research article…

Growing research links the conditions of our everyday environments to our overall health. Research in Toronto, documents a possible correlation between the amount of trees in communities and the overall health perception of residents and their risk of hearth disease, diabetes or stroke. To learn more about creating green space in urban environments explore: http://content.yardmap.org/…/creating-habitat-in-the-city-2/ To read the actual research article…

http://content.yardmap.org/learn/cultivating-habitat/in-your-yard/

http://content.yardmap.org/learn/cultivating-habitat/in-your-yard/

This summer has been hot and dry making our lawns appear dead, but really the grass is in a state of dormancy. Dormancy is a completely normal phase in a lawn's life cycle that you can take advantage of to help reduce your water use during dry months. Brown is Normal when it comes to summertime lawns. Even better? Work towards minimizing the size of or eliminating your lawn and planting native plants! http://content.yardmap.org/learn/lawns/

If left alone lawns turn brown in the hot summer months. Many people think of these lawns as dead or unkempt, but it is a completely normal phase in a.

A number of bird houses for barn swallows have been constructed in Ottawa to provide a refuge for barn swallows.

Birdhouses for barn swallows pop up on Riverside Drive

A number of bird houses for barn swallows have been constructed in Ottawa to provide a refuge for barn swallows.

Evidence mounts that wildlife suffers in fragmented developments. Property owner can play a role in filling in these gaps. The plant in our yards, how we maintain landscapes, and the habitat features we add, help wildlife access valuable resources. At Habitat Network we've written about the importance of habitat connectivity: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/habitat-connection/.

Evidence mounts that wildlife suffers in fragmented developments. Property owner can play a role in filling in these gaps. The plant in our yards, how we maintain landscapes, and the habitat features we add, help wildlife access valuable resources. At Habitat Network we've written about the importance of habitat connectivity: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/habitat-connection/.

Do you know your ecoregion? http://content.yardmap.org/explore/local-resources/

Do you know your ecoregion? http://content.yardmap.org/explore/local-resources/

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