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Old 06-09-2011, 12:45 AM   #1
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Thanks, Cirsium. That's a page that should be attached to everybody's monthly calendar. I posted the link on my Facebook page.
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:55 AM   #3
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The publications page has some very good resources. Some may be ordered or downloaded for free. Many of the others are available through a library. I like the looks of three in particular.

http://cbc.amnh.org/center/pubs/index.php

Legacy: Conserving New York State's Biodiversity
Johnson, Elizabeth A.
Smith, Donald (eds.)

Life in the Leaf Litter
Johnson, Elizabeth A.
Catley, Kefyn M.

Protecting Nature in Your Community
Johnson, Elizabeth A.
McPhearson, Timon
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I downloaded "Life In The Leaf Litter"
Only 1.58 MB consisting of 17 pages of text and no pictures just a few drawings.
Interesting and consistent with previous reading that has convinced me that the layer of duff in woodlands and also grassland/prairie type plantings is so very important to the existence of a great deal of the function and existence of a rich diversity of life.
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I downloaded "Life In The Leaf Litter"
Only 1.58 MB consisting of 17 pages of text and no pictures just a few drawings.
Interesting and consistent with previous reading that has convinced me that the layer of duff in woodlands and also grassland/prairie type plantings is so very important to the existence of a great deal of the function and existence of a rich diversity of life.

I'm glad I leave so much un-mowed so as to support all of that rich diversity of life. For the past few years, I've raked leaves into landscape islands/beds... just last week I saw birds searching for "dinner" under the decaying leaves. Later, I found several leaves thrown here and there out of the confines of the beds.

It was mentioned on another thread that the caterpillar that feeds on violets overwinter in leaf litter duff. Not that I expect to mow my violet patch down, I will be more aware of where and when I mow beyond the paths.
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:07 PM   #6
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It is wonderful the way the human mind learns. We use what we see and hear and do, add it to what we read and share, then our brain makes a leap with connections to the whole. An openness to all we still do not understand goes a long way to keep us from becoming mired in dogma or discouraged by what seems unchangable.
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