Climate change is the challenge of the century. You hear about it, read about it, worry about it. Rising global temperatures are caused by our overuse of fossil fuels in combination with widespread destruction of forests, grasslands, peat bogs and other flora. The average temperature of Earth is rising because our polluted atmosphere traps heat
Check out the following two resources on gardening with children!
Updated July 26 2021 Looking for native plants? Check out these suppliers!
Check out the video from the Nature Conservancy of Canada on planting native plants.
Here are some fantastic resources from the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority. If you are looking to plant native flowers, trees, or prairie plants in the Stratford area, these resources will be a great start! There are also resources on invasive plants and butterfly larvae host plants.
This is a summary of a video posted on YouTube by Doug Tallamy, an entomologist and author of Nature’s Best Hope. You are nature’s best hope. There are millions of specialized interactions in nature. For example more than half of insects are pollen specialists. That means they can only access pollen from one particular family
Friends of the Earth have published a poster titled “Trees for Bees”. Check it out!
Interested in purchasing native plants? See that attached document (revised from the earlier version) for a list of “local-ish” sources for native plants.
If you were told that beaver, bees, an oak tree and a purple sea star were keystone species, you might wonder, “What does that mean?” Simply stated, this means that each of these species fills a critical niche in its ecosystem which no other species can. This makes them vital to the function of the
I recently watched a documentary called “Kiss the Ground ”. The basic premise is that by healing the soil we can heal our climate crisis. The story asks us to honour natural processes versus chemical processes. Soil damaged by chemicals and excess tillage gives off carbon dioxide whereas healthy soil sequesters carbon dioxide. Poor land