Center for Plant Conservation St Louis

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They are hardy to their native regions and provide low maintenance yet beautiful plants often under extreme conditions. Also, native plants need little water once established and thus reduce water usage and provide texture and color from the otherwise stale, thirsty, grass lawn. Non-natives, or plants that have been imported from another region, lack the natural predators that provide populations control. Birds eat and digest the seeds, dropping them in undeveloped areas where, left growing unchecked will choke out entire native populations of plant life that wildlife depends upon for food, nesting and shelter. A good example of this is an herbaceous weedy vine known as kudzu, imported from Japan and planted heavily in the 1930's and 1940's to prevent erosion in the southeastern United States. Unfortunately, in this warm, moist environment, kudzu can grow at the rate of 1 foot per day, quickly taking over and choking out native vegetation including trees, plants, vines and anything else in its path.

Plant Conservation Quotes

This 28-mile drive to State Bridge rolls through prime wintertime viewing area for mule deer and elk. The area along the Colorado River is a winter home to bald eagles and other raptors. ' Bluff Lake Nature Center, Denver: This little-known park is located on the eastern edge of the former Stapleton Airport in Denver, near Havana Way and Martin Luther King Boulevard, south of Smith Road, along Sand Creek. Leave your dog at home and look for badger, beaver, coyote, rabbit, raccoon, red fox, mule deer and Great Horned Owls. The park is open sunrise to sunset daily. ' Barr Lake State Park, Brighton: Barr Lake is a stopover for migrating birds, and home to hawks and eagles.