Tag: Gardening

Ask an Entomologist: Snow Fleas

What? Fleas in Winter??? If you’ve seen a tiny assortment of purple, bouncing specks in your snow, you might be looking at springtails.  Don’t worry, they aren’t real fleas–they just bounce around in a similar […]

New Pollinator Conservation Resource Center!

The Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Resource Center is now on-line! It has a clickable map of North America; you can find all sorts of resources indexed there.  For example, there is a Guide to Upper […]

A Holiday Garden Story

I really thought this was a cool story from Michigan, and wanted to share.  I don’t really get into the whole Holiday thing, but I’m all about heartwarming stories :) “Question: What do area farmers […]

Shiny Taxonomic Key is SHINY!

There is now an online key to the 86 species of Chrysididae in North America! It is, of course, quite useful, but the best parts are all the detailed photos of these lovely Hymenopterans. Thanks […]

Update on the Donors Choose Challenge!

The Donors Choose Challenge is now over, and the project to get more nature bloggers involved was a success!! The total amount given for the Nature Blogs Group was $5,170.  That put our group at […]

2010 Native Bee Calendar!

Just in time for the holidays–Xerces has a new native bee calendar! “The Xerces Society and the Great Sunflower Project are happy to offer the 2010 Native Bee Calendar, which was created by Celeste Ets-Hokin. […]

Teachers, Astronauts, and butterflies

A cool opportunity for teachers!! WANTED: Up to 20 schools (in the U.S., east of the Rocky Mountains) to follow the development of monarchs on the International Space Station. Background The next Space Shuttle launch […]

Holy F’N Shit

You might remember that I got in trouble in the past for saying what I thought about some cuts to Michigan’s State Budget in early 2009. And that was NOTHING compared to what’s about to […]


Hey–who wants to have a ScienceBlogs vs. Discover blogs vs. Nature Blog Network throw down for Donor’s Choose? This October, I’ll be part of the DonorsChoose.org Social Media Challenge.  This is a friendly month-long competition […]