Posts Categorized: Wildlife

Rose-breasted grosbeaks

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By Susan Orr To my delight, three male Red-breasted Grosbeaks have spent the last two weeks at the feeders outside my kitchen window!

Polyphemus moth

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By Kathy Bildner In March I brought a cocoon of a Polyphemus Moth into my house. I found it in the backyard on a bittersweet vine that grows up my silver maple tree. I knew what it was because last spring I did this same thing. Mid April it emerged from its winter metamorphosis. It… Read more »

Hackberry is Berrying!

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By Amy Redfield Last spring I planted a new shade tree – a hackberry, Celtis occidentalis. Thanks to some pretty intensive babying – slow soaker watering every other day for that entire dry and hot summer – I’ve been rewarded with hackberries! Hackberry trees are among the best food and shelter plants for wildlife, and… Read more »

Native Commons grant

Posted by & filed under Gardening, Native plants, Rain gardens, Wildlife.

The St. Louis County Department of Planning and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently announced the Native Commons demonstration project. Grant funds in the amount of $10,000 will be awarded to a subdivision in unincorporated St. Louis County to fund the transition of common ground to a native landscape.

Lessons from a 55 m.p.h. Cloverleaf Prairie

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By Scott Woodbury I am happy to report that the I-270 and I-44 cloverleaf prairie conversion is well underway. The combined efforts made by David Schilling (Washington University), Tamie Yegge (MDC-Powder Valley), John Behrer (Shaw Arboretum), Linda Chambers (Henry Shaw Ozark Corridor Foundation), and Mark Grossenbacher (Missouri Dept. of Transportation) have been successful. Planting plans… Read more »