Category Archives: General Gardening for Wildlife

Best Article on Glyphosate

​Please read through this highly informative article and for the sake of all wildlife and your own health,   stop using any products containing this dangerous chemical…

http://responsibletechnology.org/best-article-glyphosate-comments-jeffrey-smith/

How to feed Birds,Humans and Wildlife

In Buffalo, New York, gardeners are growing crops and native plants to bring food and wildlife to communities in need.

http://www.audubon.org/news/revitalizing-vacant-city-lots-feed-people-and-birds?ms=digital-eng-email-ea-newsletter-20161021_oct_wingspan_wide&utm_source=ea&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20161021_oct_wingspan&utm_content=wide&emci=2d817cf5-dd97-e611-80c3-000d3a130657&emdi=5dd5385d-8198-e611-80c3-000d3a130657&fn&ln&em=jhoward%40abcbirds.org&add1&ci&st&pc&p&hp

Landscaping for Wildlife in Arid areas

​Arid climates create their own challenges when landscaping for wildlife. This property in Graham, Arizona has several species of native trees, a variety of flowering shrubs, gardens and “ground”, instead of lawn. Other important features include snags, a brushpile, a beehouse, bird feeders, and nest boxes.  As a reward, this property has seen over 17 different species of birds in the last 30 days.
For the human habitants they are collecting rainwater and composting, which are both excellent ways to minimize one’s impact. To see this map in more detail: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L4821834. And, if you are interested in landscaping in arid areas, consider xeriscaping techniques: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/the-seven-principles-of-xeriscape/

Leopard Slug,Tiger Slug,Limax Maximus

Here are 10 interesting facts about leopard slugs.
1. Usually, they measure up to 13 cm (5.2 in.), though there may be exceptionally large specimens of up to 20 cm (8 in.) in length.
2. This species of slug has a small rudimentary shell beneath its mantle shield – this is the section just behind its head.
3. Leopard slugs will eat other slugs and their eggs. The presence of leopard slugs has even been observed to lead to a decrease of harmful slug species. They eat decaying plant material and even mold.
4. When they mate they twine round each other and hang by a slime thread in mid-air. David Attenborough describes the process in detail and you can see it here:

 
5. Slugs along with all other molluscs are hermaphrodite, ie they each have both male and female bits!
6.Leopard slugs produce around 200 eggs after mating.
7. When pursuing  other slugs they can reach a top speed of 6 inches per minute.
8. They have a strong homing instinct. After their nocturnal rambles or foraging expeditions they usually return to the particular crevice or chink in which they have established themselves.
9. Prior to mating the two slugs circle round each other for several hours and spend some time licking each other.
10.They have been introduced into parts of America and Canada, but originate from Europe.

​Image: Description

English: Drawings of color variability of Limax maximus
Date7 November 1902

SourceTaylor J. W. (7 November) 1902. part 8, pages 1-52. Monograph of the land and freshwater Mollusca of the British Isles. Testacellidae. Limacidae. Arionidae. Taylor Brothers, Leeds. page plate VI. (after page 46). Cropped and retouched 

Pesticides kill ‘all’ Wildlife not only insects

It’s frightening how stupid and uneducated people still are in regards to pesticides :(.But this stupidities explain parts of why nature has and is being destructed on such a large scale.)

This is a article from Audubon Society of Rhode Island

http://www.asri.org/

So, I was checking my voicemail this morning and there was one from a caller who said that she had her trees sprayed for caterpillars – trees occupied by three bird feeders – and now, she is upset that there are no birds at all for her to watch. She wonders if the spray could possibly have something to do with it. (Yes, spraying pesticides on your trees will have an effect on the songbirds.) It is not uncommon for us to get inquiries such as these, and it is with great frustration and sadness that we often are faced with educating people after the damage has been done. So, please let me take a moment to reach out to our Facebook friends and family and be proactive about this topic. All pesticides are designed to kill. Some are very targeted, such as B. T. (Bacillus thuringiensis) which primarily affects Lepidopterans (moths and butterflies), but most pesticides are broad and indiscriminate. When you make the choice to treat your house or landscape with rodenticides or grub treatment or mosquito foggers or any other pesticide treatment, you have an intent of ridding yourself of a specific creature that you find distasteful. However, nothing in nature exists in a vacuum. Everything is connected. When you affect one population, it has a ripple effect across the populations that depend upon and coexist with it. When you spray insecticide, for instance, it does not just kill the ‘bugs’ you don’t like, but kills all insects, including honeybees, butterflies and ladybugs. Likewise, when you spray, the insects do not simply disappear off the face of the earth. Many live a short time before they perish. In this time, they may be consumed by natural predators, like songbirds, small mammals and other insects. Pesticides may have a direct toxicity to these animals or may build up in their fat or blood and cause illness or death over time. Even so-called “green” chemicals are still intended to kill, and though they may be derived from natural sources or biodegrade quickly, they are still highly toxic to you and other organisms.

Friends, it is so very important in this day and age, with the steady decline of bird populations and the utter devastation of pollinator populations that we humans take a serious, proactive look at the choices we make and the practices we support – either directly or indirectly. It is vital that we do not go blindly into the world, but make ourselves informed and educated about products and practices and about science, industry and nature. Here at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, we very much want to help people become educated and able to make informed choices. We are here to answer your questions and point you in the direction of reliable and scientifically accurate information. But we also encourage you to think and question BEFORE you act. Your actions have consequences. Thanks for listening!

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(Photo Credit http://www.yorku.ca/bstutch/research.htm)