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Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 01-16-2020, 03:32 PM
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chickadee Is Winter Bird Feeding Good for Birds?

I've always wondered what science might have to say about that. Here's a little food for thought that I found:

https://www.aldoleopold.org/post/winter-bird-feeding-good-birds/
Forum: Habitat 01-14-2020, 04:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 142
Posted By NEWisc
frog It always amazes me how the wildlife finds a...

It always amazes me how the wildlife finds a pond, especially the amphibians. I find myself asking 'Where is the water habitat that they came from, and how did they make the journey?'.
Forum: Habitat 01-10-2020, 03:13 PM
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Views: 142
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The water in the video seems to be flowing,...

The water in the video seems to be flowing, wasn't there a stream element to your water feature?

Should be fun this summer as the wildlife begins to accept your pond as a natural part of the...
Forum: Biodiversity 12-30-2019, 05:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 426
Posted By NEWisc
Yup, I've got mine pre-ordered!

Yup, I've got mine pre-ordered!
Forum: Biodiversity 12-24-2019, 11:24 AM
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books8 Speaking of spreading the word, he has a new book...

Speaking of spreading the word, he has a new book coming out this February. "Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard" seems to be aimed at one of his other main...
Forum: Invasive & Potentially Invasive Flora 12-22-2019, 03:08 PM
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Evening primrose is my first thought. Gaura is...

Evening primrose is my first thought. Gaura is another possibility.
Forum: Habitat 11-30-2019, 12:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 113
Posted By NEWisc
bumblebee Really nice to see projects like this! Finding...

Really nice to see projects like this! Finding suitable land for this kind of larger scope project is not as difficult as we might think.

There is a lot of land in the 'rights-of-way' category...
Forum: Butterflies & Moths 10-03-2019, 12:37 PM
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Views: 590
Posted By NEWisc
I'll try to get some photos of our yard together...

I'll try to get some photos of our yard together and post them in that thread. The pollinators seem to like it.
Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 10-03-2019, 12:20 PM
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It was an exciting event! Not only from the...

It was an exciting event! Not only from the point of being visited by a rare bumble bee but also also as an affirmation that establishing native plants in our yards has real ecological value.
Forum: Threatened & Endangered Species 10-03-2019, 11:58 AM
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Views: 100
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Really discouraging news, but we can (must) get...

Really discouraging news, but we can (must) get better. We did it for eagles, we did it for some falcons and some waterfowl. We changed our attitude and our behavior. We need to do a lot more.
...
Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 09-25-2019, 01:29 PM
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A thrill indeed! I always had that wisp of hope...

A thrill indeed! I always had that wisp of hope but I never really expected to find the rusty-patched bumble bee in my county, let alone in my yard.

A reminder for me of the need for hope,...
Forum: Butterflies & Moths 09-25-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 590
Posted By NEWisc
Flowerpink Still Coming ...

It's two weeks past the normal peak for the migration in my area but they are still coming through.

Here they are nectaring on some New England asters:

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The Showy Goldenrod is a big...
Forum: Butterflies & Moths 09-17-2019, 11:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 590
Posted By NEWisc
We're still seeing 2 - 3 monarchs pass through...

We're still seeing 2 - 3 monarchs pass through each day. The weather has been warmer than normal, so I'm hopeful that their trip will be successful.
Forum: Butterflies & Moths 09-10-2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 590
Posted By NEWisc
Watching those bright orange forms fluttering...

Watching those bright orange forms fluttering among the nectar plants and then soaring off to their winter home just can't help but raise one's ecological spirit!
Forum: Butterflies & Moths 09-09-2019, 12:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 590
Posted By NEWisc
The numbers do seem to be up this year, at least...

The numbers do seem to be up this year, at least in our area. It's nice to see a few passing through each day. And we've had a couple that appeared to be fresh out of their chrysalis.
Forum: Butterflies & Moths 09-06-2019, 02:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 590
Posted By NEWisc
butterfly Monarchs Headed South - 2019

Groups of monarchs are passing through my area (Northeast WI) headed for Mexico. One group flew in a few days ago, stocked up on some Liatris nectar for a day, and then took off on a brisk southerly...
Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 08-24-2019, 04:27 PM
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Views: 12,589
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promise Thank you, Havalotta! :pointlaugh I hope you...

Thank you, Havalotta! :pointlaugh
I hope you find one! It would be great if a lot more of them were discovered.
Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 08-21-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 320
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bumblebee The Rusty-patched Bumble Bee is Here!

I see that this thread started in 2011, and a quick (but not thorough :)) review didn't show any discoveries of the Rusty-patched bumble bee.

It's time to show some reward for our efforts. I...
Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 08-09-2019, 03:15 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 12,589
Posted By NEWisc
bumblebee The long cold wet spring in our area was rough on...

The long cold wet spring in our area was rough on the bees this year. The cold set back their activity level. When they did go on foraging flights there was a scarcity of pollen and nectar...
Forum: Butterflies & Moths 07-09-2019, 12:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 334
Posted By NEWisc
I'm sure that many people will continue to rear...

I'm sure that many people will continue to rear monarchs under controlled conditions. Most just want to help in a way that they see as a direct contribution to the butterfly's well being. The...
Forum: Butterflies & Moths 06-25-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 334
Posted By NEWisc
butterfly Nice find! It's good to see some research that...

Nice find! It's good to see some research that confirms what most scientists have suspected for a long time - butterfly farms do more harm than good. Comparing butterfly farm raised monarchs to...
Forum: Stewardship 06-18-2019, 10:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 706
Posted By NEWisc
Fortunately Queen Anne's Lace is still on...

Fortunately Queen Anne's Lace is still on Wisconsin's list:

https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Invasives/species.asp?filterBy=Terrestrial&filterVal=Y&catVal=PlantsReg#RegSelect...
Forum: Invasive & Potentially Invasive Flora 06-14-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,317
Posted By NEWisc
What a fascinating experience that should be! ...

What a fascinating experience that should be! And a great way to add even more to your legacy. Well done!
Forum: North American Native Plants 06-14-2019, 12:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 205
Posted By NEWisc
This is my first year with the early figwort. ...

This is my first year with the early figwort. They germinated nicely from seed, I'll be putting the seedlings into the soil soon. I'm anxious to see if the pollinators get as excited about the...
Forum: North American Native Plants 06-12-2019, 04:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 205
Posted By NEWisc
thistle I have 3 that I think Rodney could relate to. ...

I have 3 that I think Rodney could relate to.

Pasture Thistle (Cirsium discolor):
https://www.prairiemoon.com/cirsium-discolor-pasture-thistle-prairie-moon-nursery.html

Wood Betony...
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