August Species Spotlight: Highbush Blueberry and Spotted Wing Drosophila

August 31, 2022

Highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) Highbush blueberries are native to the state of NY and much of eastern North America from Nova Scotia, south to Georgia, and west to Wisconsin. They […]

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July Species Spotlight: Milkweed and Swallowwort

July 30, 2022

by Claire Hartl Milkweed Milkweed is a native plant that many people know as the host plant for the monarch butterfly. Monarchs lay their eggs on milkweeds, and the caterpillars […]

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June Species Spotlight: Asian Jumping Worm and Red Backed Salamander

June 24, 2022

by Claire Hartl Jumping Worms This month’s featured invasive species is actually several species collected under an umbrella common name. Asian jumping worms. There are at least three species under […]

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Species Spotlight: Garlic Mustard and Mayapple

May 23, 2022

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) Garlic mustard is a much discussed and hated perennial herb. The first known report of it growing in the USA is from 1868 on Long Island […]

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Foragers & Herbalists: Pansotti (pot-bellied ravioli) stuffed with foraged stinging nettle & garlic mustard 

May 23, 2022

By Merrie Witkin  When I started writing this column, stinging nettles (urtica dioica) were not anywhere  on my radar. But I am blessed with an eagle-eyed gardener who knows his […]

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Pollinator Bookshelf: The Pollinator Victory Garden

May 20, 2022

The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening (2020) The passion and urgency that inspired WWI and WWII Victory Gardens is needed today to meet another threat […]

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Species Spotlight: Bradford Pear and Flowering Dogwood

April 26, 2022

by Kim Stever Bradford Pear; Pyrus calleryana The Bradford Pear (or Callery Pear) tree was heavily favored as an ornamental planting starting in the 1960’s but the path which brought […]

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Foragers & Herbalists: Orzotto with Fresh Greens

April 25, 2022

by Merrie Witkin Orzotto verde con Piselli (Barley cooked risotto-style with fresh greens and peas)  I had hoped that this column would be all about ramps, the wild leek that […]

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The Pollinator Bookshelf: Attracting Native Pollinators

April 25, 2022

The Pollinator Bookshelf is a new feature in Field Notes. Each month we’ll introduce different book and author.  Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide, Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies […]

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The Pollinator Gardener: Spring Clean

April 25, 2022

  The Pollinator Gardener is a recurring feature in Field Notes.  The following is a partial reprint from the cornerpollinatorgarden.net Pollinator Garden Spring Clean-up  Okay, now that spring has arrived, you […]

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