Tag: native plants

Profiles in Xeriscaping: Habitat for a Disease-Fighting Lizard

Yes, xeriscaping saves water and attracts pollinators. But the practice of planting native and drought-tolerant plants can have some unexpected benefits. Like attracting a lizard that can reduce the threat of Lyme disease. Seriously.

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Profiles in Xeriscaping: The Chocolate Flower

That chocolate brownie smell coming from the front yard? It IS the yard. Meet a drought-tolerant plant that fills the air with cocoa aromas, just one of the biological wonders of an xeriscaped lawn.

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Coyote Scat and Native Plant Conservation

Cultivating native plants for conservation requires the perfect water, sunlight, nutrients and pollinators. And in at least one case, it needs coyote poop. And lots of it. A story of an observant naturalist, palm seeds and hungry coyotes in South Texas.

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Plight of the Bumble Bee: Conserving Imperiled Native Pollinators

You’ve probably heard about the loss of honey bees. But did you know native bumble bees face even more alarming declines? These vital pollinators are disappearing due to pesticides and habitat loss. You can make a difference — right in your backyard.

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Salmon Cam Returns

We’re pleased to return Salmon Cam, a live view of spawning Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead trout.

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