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This document contains an extensive list of native trees, shrubs, and perennials that are resilient and can serve as a fascinating foundation for teaching children about habitat, pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. All of these species have a long history of use by humans for food, medicine, or fiber.

Protecting Habitat through the Winter: Leave the Leaves! While planting native plants is an essential step toward creating habitat, how we tend our plantings determines whether we can sustain and […]

I am intimidated by the bald-faced hornets that forage nectar from raspberry blossoms and the yellow jackets that swarm over ripe blueberries, having experienced the stings of both. Yet each […]

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The warm, sunny days of midsummer are a great time to observe the many kinds of pollinators that visit flowers. In Maine, the pollinators include the ruby-throated hummingbird and a […]

A small tree can bring beauty and diversity into your yard while taking up very little space. One could be planted next to your doorway, on the edge of a […]

The answer lies in genetic diversity. *This article was originally published in Wild Seed magazine Volume 3, pp.  14-17. A spring trip to a garden center to seek out new […]

Here are five key practices used by organic/ecological landscape gardeners. These methods result in healthy, pest-free plants and provide a rich habitat for a variety of pollinating insects, birds and […]

Gathering Data on Life Cycle Events in Maine Plants All across the country, scientists and non-scientists alike are keeping track of a natural, easy-to-observe, even joyful event: the first opening […]

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