Is it possible to have a certified wildlife garden in the middle of an urban area? Absolutely! This week's map highlight is an excellent example. Habitat resources and sustainable management can get you certified through the National Wildlife Federation and mapping your property can give helpful information about the kinds of habitat you are providing and offer suggestions for doing more. Read more: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/new-partnership-garden-wildlife-program/
Family Garden Wildlife gardens are perfect for families. A paradise for butterflies, bees, and frogs, they awaken children’s interest in the natural world, teaching them first-had about the behavior and habitats of these creatures.
An important goal of YardMap is getting communities talking and working together to improve habitat on a large and connected scale. Here is an example from the Fletcher Wildlife Garden in Ottawa, Ontario. Locate the Fletcher Wildlife Garden in Ottawa, Ontario, at http://app.yardmap.org/map/L3513658 and explore all the participant's sites that help to create this marvelous map mosaic.
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!
beehive with swarm activity - if you see bees making this horseshoe pattern in front of the hive, 3 days later they will start to build queen cells. They will continue this pattern so long as there is sunlight. If you don't want the hive to swarm, you ha