URBAN ECOLOGY BLOG

July 13, 2018

1. Start Gardening

Gardening offers a wealth of benefits. The hobby has been shown to sooth many physical and mental health issues by providing stress relief and physical activity. Growing your own food means you can ditch the pesticides and health risks of grocery stor...

June 12, 2018

In our region there is currently a plant in fruit with tasty red or purple berries and with a multitude of common names. The genus of this large shrub or small tree is Amelanchier. Species common in our area include Amelanchier canadensis, A. arborea and A. laevis

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May 22, 2018

Permaculture, a term derived from "permanent agriculture," refers to the design and maintenance of productive ecosystems that support sustainability and resilience. Permaculture is all about meeting our daily human needs while being thoughtful about our impact. The pra...

May 9, 2018

You might already know that we rely on the Earth’s ecosystems every day to supply us with clean air, water, food, medicine, climate regulation, recreation, and more. There’s no doubt that preserving pristine natural areas like National Parks is imperative. But why does...

April 20, 2018

Cities are ecosystems of the human habitat, and urban exploration prompts the discovery of this emerging ecosystem. Wherever you find yourself in the city, the land around you is bustling with a complex system of plants, mammals, birds, bugs, and more. Throughout my ow...

February 18, 2018

Over the past few decades, urbanization has transformed natural land into fragmented hardscapes spotted with harmful lawns and ornamental plants. Our obsession with highly-manicured spaces has destroyed vital natural systems. Fortunately, there is a solution: native pl...

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