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!
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…
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/.