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Blog Entries - tag: 'Backyard habitat'

It Starts with a Seed

By Jeff Sperry, Director of Development and Marketing I guess I was about 11 years old when I asked my parents if I could have a garden in our backyard. Inspired by my grandparents’ enormous vegetable garden on their dairy farm in Chautauqua County, read more …

A Sunny Garden Flower Gone Awry

by Danie Frevola, Conservation Apprentice Yellow iris (Iris pseudacorus) is a stunning wetland plant with tall and showy yellow flowers (Fig 1.). While it is an attractive landscaping plant, it also peaks gardener’s interest because it can grow in a read more …

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Invasive Vine No One Seems to Notice

by Danie Frevola, Conservation Apprentice Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei) is found in all sorts of spots throughout Cincinnati- from the side of houses, to the side of highways; across the forest floor all the way up to the tree canopy. However, the vine read more …

Shaun’s Yard

A Practical Application of National Wildlife Federation’s Habitat Checklist by Jason Neumann, Public Programs Manager Suburban Blue Ash, early April. I had pulled out my lawnmower for the first grass cutting of 2020. Dressed to work in my old read more …

Turn Your Property into Better Habitat

By Jeff Sperry, Director of Development and Marketing I hate mowing the lawn. It’s noisy, messy, and smelly. Lawnmower motors are very loud; grass clippings get all over the place; and the fumes from the motor are noxious. My goal has been to read more …

Want Biodiversity? Feed the Soil

by Jason Neumann, Public Programs Manager It’s time to vent. After nearly 25 years on staff at Cincinnati Nature Center, there are a couple of things I want to clear up. For the record, I’m fully on board with the Nature Center’s read more …