Symbiotic Schoolyard

Taking a Local Conservation Approach National: Meet Symbiotic Schoolyard, the new science unit you’ll want in your middle schoolers’ classrooms. Janneke Petersen is looking to spark a nationwide movement of middle school science teachers restoring biodiversity in their schoolyards with their students. Keep reading to learn how you can get involved. By Grace Hassler Est. […]

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Long Live Our Mighty Oaks!

A fun, easy-to-read summary of the many ways oak trees hold ecosystems together — with over a dozen links and resource about how we can support them. Perfect for introducing students, neighbors, friends and family to the importance of native oak trees.

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Native Planting in Big Cities / by Banford Weissmann  

New York City is essentially a giant ecologic scar with hard, impermeable surfaces stretching out over hundreds of square miles. Natural green spaces are relegated to a few places here and there, and trees poking out of sidewalks struggle to survive. Can an Idea like Homegrown National Park™ even work in a place where habitat fragmentation is so extreme?

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Where Are All the Native Plants? / by Archewild

Coneflower, Milkweed, and Beebalm make up almost 30% of the native plant market. You can find them in almost any garden center on the east coast, and we’re sold and told to plant them every year. But if these native plants are so important, durable, and easy to grow, why don’t we see them in the wild? In truth, these types of plants used to dominate the landscape, but after decades and centuries of altered topography and over development, their habitats have all but disappeared. In the sink-or-swim world of natural selection, native plants have fallen into two camps: specialized and generalized communities.

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Window Strikes and Native Plants / by Jim Cubie

The Challenge Bird-friendly backyard programs must succeed. They are the best option for increasing bird populations on a yard-by-yard scale. Bird-friendly programs will fail, however, if they do not start by protecting birds against what is killing birds in yards — unprotected windows. We must recognize that windows are part of the backyard ecosystem. If we do not, the gains in bird population from bird-friendly backyards will be negated by bird deaths hitting windows.

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