Kirkwood events honoring naturalist Edgar Denison

Naturalist Edgar DenisonThe life of Edgar W. Denison (1904-1993), late resident of Kirkwood, MO, amateur naturalist, botanist, artist, and early leader in environmental sustainability, will be celebrated in Kirkwood this spring with events promoting education and appreciation of Missouri’s natural assets. All events are free and open to the public.

Edgar Denison Nature Education Series at Kirkwood Public Library, 140 E. Jefferson. All presentations begin at 7:00 PM.

  • Monday, March 31st. Missouri Natural Communities and Natural Areas, Mike Leahy, Natural Areas Coordinator for Missouri Department of Conservation.
  • Wednesday, April 9th. Naturescaping: Landscaping for Life, Mitch Leachman, Executive Director of St Louis Audubon Society and co-founder of Bring Conservation Home.
  • Tuesday, April 15th. Natives, Beyond Beauty, Plants that REALLY Work, Bill Ruppert, Kirkwood Resident, representative of Missouri Prairie Foundation’s Grow Native! Committee.
  • Monday, April 21st. Show Me the Monarch: Adventures in Butterfly Gardening, Jennifer Loyet-Schamber and Tammy Behm, Greenscape Gardens.
  • Tuesday, April 29th. The Best Missouri Trees for Native Landscaping, Mark Gruber, Urban Forester, Missouri Department of Conservation.

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What is this?

Amphibian eggs - possibly from Spring PeepersBy Kathy Bildner

We saw these yesterday in a shallow puddle of water on a glade on Johnson Mountain which is the most northwest of the St. Francis Mountains.

I am pretty sure they are spring peeper eggs, as they were making lots of noise before we walked up on them. I never saw the frogs.

Are we really helping?

Marilyn Chryst shared this blog post by Susan J. Tweit from the Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens website.

A broad-tailed hummingbird rests on the stem of a wild sunflower (Helianthus annuus) on a cold September morning. (Photo: Susan J. Tweit)

A broad-tailed hummingbird rests on the stem of a wild sunflower (Helianthus annuus) on a cold September morning. (Photo: Susan J. Tweit)

When we garden or landscape with the aim of restoring habitat for wildlife, are we really making a difference? There’s precious little research quantifying the effects of our hard work, but new studies are encouraging.

Earlier, I wrote about a study in Arizona which showed that yards landscaped in a way that mimicked surrounding wild landscapes, using at least some native species, supported not only higher bird species diversity, but also provided less stressful habitat as measured by feeding behavior. That was a definite yes.

A pair of new studies of bird and plant diversity in urban habitat support that conclusion, if in a bit of a back-door way for one.

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St. Louis Audubon spring stewardship projects

Saint Louis Audubon Society volunteers after a productive work day

Saint Louis Audubon Society volunteers after a productive work day

The snow is finally melting, days are getting longer, and temperatures are beginning to rise.  It’s time to begin thinking about “spring cleaning,” and the St. Louis Audubon Society has several opportunities for you to help.

Saturday, March 15th Confluence Trash Bash. Watershed Cleanup.
All ages welcome. Register

Saturday, April 12th at Creve Coeur Park. Honeysuckle kill.
All ages welcome, but those under 18 must have parental/adult supervision at all times. Bring your favorite lopper or saw. Meet in the upper park—west of I-270 and north of Dorsett. Take I-270 Exit 17 for Dorsett Rd and go west about 1.5 miles. Enter Park on right, just before light at Marine and take Streetcar Drive north. Continue past park office, ball field and tennis court to gravel parking lot on right. Parking is somewhat limited, so please carpool if possible.

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Bring Conservation Home – Habitat Advisor training, April 5

by Betty Struckhoff

Logo for St. Louis Audubon Society's Bring Conservation Home program2014 is the third year of Bring Conservation Home, a program encouraging homeowners to support our local ecosystem by using more native plants in their landscapes.  BCH is sponsored by St. Louis Audubon and St. Louis Wild Ones is a supporting partner of the program.

For a nominal fee, two Habitat Advisors from BCH meet with a participant at his or her home, touring the property and discussing interests and goals.  The advisors then provide a detailed written report with suggested native plants adapted to the conditions of the property, along with recommendations on storm water control and attracting interesting wildlife.

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