Hampshire Conservation District Plant Sale

Wildlife Garden

One of the easiest and best ways to do this is to incorporate native plants into your landscaping. In my suburban Illinois garden, this means planting prairie and savannah plants. Though I haven't entirely eliminated the hostas, daylillies and roses from my gardens, my plant selections now lean more towards prairie alumroot, coneflowers (Echinacea), bee balm (Monarda), joe-pye weed, and little bluestem. When I wanted an ornamental tree for my front yard, I chose a redbud, a native species, instead of a magnolia or callery pear. I was fortunate in that my front yard already came planted with a linden (Tilia americana). Wildlife needs places to hide from people, predators, and inclement weather. There are many ways to provide these places to hide, called cover. The first and simplest way to provide cover is to build a brush pile. You can build a brush pile with old branches or use your natural Christmas tree when it's time to take it down. A second way to provide cover is to plant your perennials and shrubs more densely to minimize the open space between them. A third way to provide cover for wildlife is to make your lawn smaller by widening gardens such as foundation plantings.

Plant Conservation Methods

Humans have an awesome responsibility as stewards of the environment. If we destroy habitats for our own purposes, we must do all we can to compensate for the destruction. With a little work and a lot of dedication, humans can help guide the wildlife into a new generation. Help your learners sharpen their environmental awareness with insight into wildlife responsibility. The Wildlife Conservation Society has launched a strategy that takes direct responsibility for the continued survival of at least half of the 25 most endangered species of turtles and tortoises. Examining the new strategy offers a science and nature-oriented learners a powerful perspective of a global collaborative process. Turtles are in jeopardy, and in a connected ecosystem their trouble ripples. In building what Howard Gardner in his Multiple Intelligences theories references as the naturalist intelligence, insights into the connections and patterns of nature are emphasized. That learning capacity is an environmental affinity that enhances subjects like biology, geology, astronomy, zoology, botany, and anthropology. Its development strengthens attaining motivational meaning and relevance in scientific learning. The world's 25 most endangered turtle species, some of which have populations numbering less than five individuals, are identified in a report issued by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Turtle Conservation Coalition.