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How We Think about Nature and Fire

After the massive 2017 firestorm that hit northern and southern California, it is important to take a look nature’s relationship to fire and how nature has been characterized in the wake of what has happened. 3,537 more words


Know Your Natives - Resurrection Fern

Resurrection fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides var. michauxiana), formerly Polypodium polypodioides, of the Polypody (Polypodiaceae) family is an evergreen fern that occasionally appears to die in periods of dryness while being “resurrected” when again moistened. 1,096 more words

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A Winter Show-off

My first encounter with Round-headed Bush Clover (Lespedeza capitata) was in late fall when the warm brown seed heads caught my eye.

Throughout fall through winter, this plant is at its most dramatic, easily compelling attention away from nearby vegetation. 539 more words

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Meandering at Melton Botanic Gardens

The Melton Botanic Gardens have been officially opened since the Ballarat Field Naturalists last visited and another section of path has also been opened to the public. 55 more words

Field Reports

Native plants and indigenous knowledge

The weather continues with its weird and unpredictable ways: we had a 2-day stretch at the end of last week in the high 40s to low 50s, which melted all the snow, with yesterday a high of 6º F and over a foot of snow received, only to wake up this morning to -18º F…just craziness.  473 more words


My Dad And His Bluebirds

Last week, during a time when the weather seemed ‘unfit for man nor beast’ and while Rick was working on reglazing some barn windows…working inside the barn not out… two bluebirds showed up to feed on the dead flies trapped along the window sill. 768 more words

Life At Fernwood

Summer Visits and Visitors, 2017

We started the season with plans to take many breaks from the nursery for day trips to nearby natural areas. Shaw Woods beckoned. I have never been to Mer Bleu, an important wetland south of Ottawa. 213 more words

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