Posts Tagged ‘ Birds and butterflies ’

Slow-growing shrubs create low-maintenance garden; backyard is full of perennials

July 22, 2014
Slow-growing shrubs create low-maintenance garden; backyard is full of perennials

by Connie Oswald Stofko Barb Ciesla and her husband Henry had a front yard with a line of yew bushes straight across the front. She wanted something more interesting and decided to redo the entire front. “I’m 60 years old and I don’t want to do it all again,” Ciesla said. “I don’t want...
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Walk among butterflies at Monarch Madness June 8 in Botanical Gardens

May 27, 2014
Walk among butterflies at Monarch Madness June 8 in Botanical Gardens

Walk through an enclosure filled with monarchs and other native butterflies during Monarch Madness from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 8 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The exhibit will include native plants that the butterflies need to eat, to lay their eggs on and,...
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You can help protect bees from toxins; learn more at Honey Bee Festival

April 29, 2014
bee from Buffalo and Erie Botanical Gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko Let the clover and dandelions grow in your lawn. Minimize your pesticide use, too, especially on flowers that are attractive to honey bees. Those are ways gardeners can help with the problem of Colony Collapse Disorder, said Reed Johnson, assistant professor in the Department of Entomology at the Ohio State...
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Get a sneak peek of ‘Innuendo: The Secret Sex Life of Plants,’ then see it live!

March 11, 2014
Get a sneak peek of ‘Innuendo: The Secret Sex Life of Plants,’ then see it live!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Birds do it. Bees do it. And birds and bees help plants do it. In the video below, we bring you a sneak peek of “Innuendo: The Secret Sex Life  of Plants,” the kick-off presentation of Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens’ 2014 Science Café Series. In this entertaining video,...
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Gardeners who love birds: Participate in 114th Christmas Bird Count

December 3, 2013
Gardeners who love birds: Participate in 114th Christmas Bird Count

For many of us, part of the enjoyment of our gardens is watching the birds that come to visit. You can help scientists learn more about the birds in our area by participating in Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count. The census events take place around Christmastime, from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. The Buffalo Audubon...
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Land Conservancy gets $500,000 to create Stella Niagara Preserve

August 20, 2013
Land Conservancy gets $500,000 to create Stella Niagara Preserve

An ecologically important parcel of land in Lewiston that supports rare plants is several steps closer to being protected as the Stella Niagara Preserve, thanks to work by the Western New York Land Conservancy. The Niagara River Greenway Commission on July 16 voted unanimously that the proposed preserve was consistent with the Niagara River...
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See monarch butterflies up close, buy milkweed plants at festival

August 13, 2013
See monarch butterflies up close, buy milkweed plants at festival

Monarchs in every stage of their life cycle can be seen during the Monarch Butterfly Festival to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY, and Warren, PA. The event will include a...
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Question on spotty mint, plus more gardening news

June 18, 2013
Question on spotty mint, plus more gardening news

What’s the problem with this mint– and oregano, too? Jackie Fialkowski Gatas contacted me with this question: Does anyone happen to know what is happening with my mint? It’s also starting to show on my oregano. Don’t know if it’s a bug or a fungus. Thanks guys. Readers, can you help Jackie? If so,...
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Hang feeder now to welcome hummingbirds to Western New York

April 16, 2013
Hang feeder now to welcome hummingbirds to Western New York

Hummingbirds will be arriving soon in Western New York. Get ready for them by hanging your hummingbird feeder now.  “It may still be a bit early, but you really want the feeder up ahead of their arrival so that they find a food source as they are coming through,” said Penny Durnin of North...
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Learn to attract birds to your garden, then count them to help science

February 5, 2013
Learn to attract birds to your garden, then count them to help science

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary can help you learn how to attract birds to your garden and invites you to help scientists by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Learn to attract and identify birds in your garden “Bird Feeding 101” will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary,...
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