Guerilla Gardening May Save Our Pollinators

I have to admit I did not know what guerilla gardening was until yesterday. According to Wikipedia, “Guerrilla gardening is the act of gardening on land that the gardeners do not have the legal rights to utilize, such as an abandoned site, an area that is not being cared for, or private property. It encompasses a diverse range of people and motivations, ranging from gardeners who spill over their legal boundaries to gardeners with political influences who seek to provoke change by using guerrilla gardening as a form of protest or direct action. The land that is guerrilla gardened is usually abandoned or perceived to be neglected by its legal owner. That land is used by guerrilla gardeners to raise plants, frequently focusing on food crops or plants intended for aesthetic purposes.”

Yesterday I met a woman that has a different purpose – she guerilla gardens for pollinators. Our pollinators have suffered from loss of habitat, pesticide use, invasive plants and animals, and diseases. Many of our pollinators are federally listed as threatened or endangered species. And we have lost over Continue reading “Guerilla Gardening May Save Our Pollinators”

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Oregon is Putting the Skids on Children Learning About Wildlife

I am a nature lover through and through. And that connection came from spending all of my childhood out in nature catching snakes, tadpoles and whatever else crawled by, as well as sitting quietly in the fields and woods just down the street from my house. Now, I spend my days restoring habitat for the wildlife I have grown to love. But when the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) new regulations take effect, children will no longer get to explore nature first hand.

ODFW officials are working on new regulations that will fine Oregonians for capturing native wildlife and those fines are steep. Under the proposed regulations, you will only be allowed to Continue reading “Oregon is Putting the Skids on Children Learning About Wildlife”

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