Native Plant Series: Ironweed

Ironweed is a common name of 25 species of Vernonia which are native to North America. Many of these species are native to the midwest and southeastern regions. Some species are as short as 2′ tall, while others can reach 10′ tall! It is an upright plant with tough stems, in which it is namedContinue reading “Native Plant Series: Ironweed”

Native Plant Series: Blue Flag Iris

Blue Flag (Iris versicolor) is a native perennial iris to the North Eastern United States and Canada. It is naturally found in wetland areas, marshes, and wet meadows. It likes moisture, so it can be planted in wet/moist sunny areas in a home garden or on the edge of a pond up to 6″ deep.Continue reading “Native Plant Series: Blue Flag Iris”

Winter Leaves on Trees: Marcescence

If you’ve seen trees hold onto some brown leaves during the winter, this adaptation is called marcescence. We all know it’s normal for trees to loose their leaves in the fall. Cold weather signals the tree to do so. When this happens, the cells around the vein of the leaf stem, which carries the waterContinue reading “Winter Leaves on Trees: Marcescence”

Turn Off LIghts During Bird Migrations

Each spring billions of birds migrate back north to the upper parts of the United States and Canada. Many are traveling from Mexico, South and Central America, or the southern US. Birds migrate at night and they use the sky and the stars as their navigation map. Artificial lighting from buildings, street lights, and towersContinue reading “Turn Off LIghts During Bird Migrations”

The effects of late cold snaps

There’s a joke in Kentucky that goes something like this, “If you don’t like the weather just wait a day”. Yesterday I worked outside in a t-shirt and got hot (and a sunburn!) This morning I’m wearing my winter coat and hat! While most of the time, it’s just a blip to our fashion choices,Continue reading “The effects of late cold snaps”