Show Me Oz
As a gardener and lover of nature, I garden with butterflies and beneficial insects in mind. Yet, for all my efforts, the one North American butterfly that I have failed to lure to my garden is the bright and beautiful Monarch. For years I thought the failure was mine, but the truth is that these icons of the butterfly world are in dire straights and their numbers are spiraling dangerously downward. The good news is that there is something we can all do to help them – and all their colorful kin – to flourish once again.
Posted in Features, Nature Notes, Sustainable Solutions, Wild Walk
Tagged A Journey of Seasons, about, Asclepias, butterflies, butterflyweed, conservation, jill henderson, milkweed, monarch butterfly, nature, show me oz
by Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz –
Fall is here and we finally got enough rain to kick off the fall mushroom season. Among the many foragable fungi available in the fall, my favorite are coral mushrooms. Not only are corals super easy to identify, even for the novice mushroom hunter, but they are downright beautiful and oh, so good to eat.
Posted in Nature Notes, Wild Walk
Tagged A Journey of Seasons, Artomyces pyxidatus, coral mushroom, Crown-Tipped Coral, food forest, foraging, jill henderson, mushrooms, show me oz, wild edible
by Allison Vaughn – Guest Post
Recently, there has been a surge in literature throughout the conservation community highlighting the importance of native plant gardening for the sustainability of wildlife. The National Wildlife Federation writes that chickadees, for example, require 5,000 insects from native plants to successfully rear a clutch. I trust them, just as I do Doug Tallamy’s fantastic book that highlights the importance of converting landscapes from turf to native flora to benefit wildlife. These and a myriad of other articles have positively impacted many communities now embracing native plantings in urban areas; they have reinvigorated Wild Ones chapters, native plant enthusiasts, and wildlife advocates. Add to the resurgence in growing natives are the reports of impacts to non-target wildlife from the widespread broadcasting of glyphosate and other herbicides in an effort for a “weed-free” lawn, and so forth. The assault on wildlife and the natural world is pervasive with sprawling development, wanton abuse of chemicals, regular thumbing of the nose to regulatory agencies and procedures that were put into place in the 1970s during the heyday of the environmental movement.
By Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz –
Ahhh! Who doesn’t love a spring day? The birds are singing and the flowers are blooming and it’s just a beautiful free for all. We’ve spent a lot of time in the garden recently, planting and weeding and the general stuff. I was standing there in the garden, when a beautiful pileated woodpecker sailed by me and beyond, into the woods. I suddenly thought of an interesting gardening experience from some years before – and in another garden. It involved a pileated woodpecker, a hollow tree, a mess of squirrels, and me.
Posted in A Piece of Home, Features, Garden Gate, Nature Notes
Tagged A Journey of Seasons, fun with critters, garden, gardening, hollow tree, jill henderson, pileated woodpecker, show me oz, squirrels
by Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz –
Karst is crucial to the biodiversity of the Ozark region. At some point in its travel from heaven to sea, nearly three-quarters of the water in our rivers, streams, springs, aquifers, and wells have been filtered through this fractured limestone. This massive system of water movement and erosion is what makes karst one of the most bountiful and fragile geologic formations in the world. And while it’s beau Some of the water that falls or runs across our hills will become forever locked below the surface in aquifers, but a larger portion of it reemerges somewhere on the surface, usually in the form of a spring or a seep, or a wet weather stream.
Posted in Features, Nature Notes
Tagged A Journey of Seasons, jill henderson, karst, Karst in the Ozarks, nature, ozarks, seeps, show me oz, sinkhole, spring