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  • Phenology and potential implications of climate change

    How do you know when spring has begun? Is it the flow of maple sap? The first crocuses coming up through the snow? Ice out on local lakes? The arrival of the first red-winged blackbirds? The clamor of peepers? Apple trees and/or lilacs blooming? Merriam-Webster...

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  • Protect Our Pollinators

    It’s Easy Being Green, Just Say No   By Dennis L. Patton, M.S., County Horticulture Agent, K-State Research and Extension/Johnson County “Protect our pollinators!” has become a mantra in the gardening world. Lead by the work of Monarch...

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  • Milkweed Seed Collecting Time is Just Around the Corner

    I noticed yesterday that my butterfly weed plants (Asclepias tuberosa) have pods.  They're not ready to harvest just yet, but soon.  Collecting milkweed seeds is an important way we can help monarch butterflies...as long as said seeds are eventually...

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  • Do you know about Pollinator Week?

    Brought to you by: www.pollinator.org Pollinator Week will take place June 16 - 22, 2014 Background of Pollinator Week Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership. Seven years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval...

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  • Save the Monarchs

    SAVE THE MONARCH MIGRATION - ONE BUTTERFLY AT A TIME - PLANT MILKWEED Monarch butterfly numbers are at an all time low and many pollinators are declining as well. The widespread planting of herbicide tolerant corn and soybean lines, intensive farming,...

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  • Disappearing Honey Bees

    Since the mid 2000s, honey bees have been mysteriously disappearing all throughout the world, leaving the future of much of the world's food supply in question. The decline of bees could have an enormous impact on the environment, which is dependent on...

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  • Fall berries are bounty for birds

    With the shortening days of late summer giving way to fall, most people notice a substantial decline in activity at their feeders. This time of year Mother Nature provides a bounty that lures the birds from the feeders to something more tempting. Ripening...

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