What's New COMMENTARY: Eh? Ice? Salt? Smarts? Duluth News Tribune (12/11) There is a chemical that is sometimes used to melt the ice at temperatures lower than 15 degrees, roughly the coldest pure salt will work at. Itís called chloride. Chlorides are harsh chemicals that can scorch the ice off the roads, but they can also be detrimental to animals and plants.
Local group boosts Griffon Park's greenery Niagara Gazette (12/10) Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the regionís waterways, announced that three plant beds that will be home to 135 native species plants were put in last week in Griffon Park.
The fun-filled Wild Rice Road released Indian Country Today Media Network (9/13) The Wild Rice Road tells the story of two children on their way to an annual wild rice camp on the Saginaw Bay and was created to teach children respect for natural resources like wild rice and a connection to Mother Earth through the Anishinaabe language.
Aquatic Invasive Species webinar series (6/13) If youíre a water garden hobbyist or interested in becoming one, this two-part webinar series on June 18 and 20 is for you. Aquatic plants in water gardens and along the edges of lakes, ponds, and streams are gaining popularity. Some plants have invasive tendencies that threaten the ecology of our natural areas. Learn the science, and find out how you can build a better water garden.
A Guide To Wildflower Color in Illinois Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Hundreds of different kinds of colorful and showy blossoms can be found throughout Illinois in forest, prairie, fields and roadsides throughout the growing season. This guide will help you find and appreciate this wildflower heritage.
Aquatic Plants Canada's Aquatic Environments An educational site that includes extensive information on phytoplankton, fungi, macrophytes and lichens.
Flora And Fauna Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Contains links to informational pages on the Flora and Fauna of Illinois.
Flora and Fauna of the Great Lakes Region University of Michigan This multimedia digital collection provides access to materials selected from Fish and Mammal Divisions of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology and the Fungus Collections of the University of Michigan Herbarium.
Flora of North America Project Flora of North America Association A multi-institutional, collaborative project providing information about the plants of North America on a continental scale.
Green Landscaping with Native Plants U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) Landscaping with native wildflowers and grasses improves the environment, and U.S. EPA is working to make beneficial landscaping a standard practice. Includes a Natural Landscaping Toolkit.
Habitattitude U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Adopt a conservation mentality: Protect our environment by not releasing unwanted fish and aquatic plants into the wild. Find out what you can do to help this growing problem on this site.
Herbarium Collection Illinois Natural History Survey A database composed of four distinct groups: vascular plants, fungi, algae and bryophytes totaling more than 200,000 specimens; searchable by genus, species, county, and state.
Invasive Plant Council of New York State This group provides coordination and guidance on the management of invasive plants to protect biodiversity in New York State. Includes a list of the state's top 20 most invasive species, along with photos, and information on biology, range and habitat.
Native America A New York based organization dedicated to the reintroduction of native plants and animals species to their respective places through education, research and habitat restoration.
Natural Landscaping Toolkit U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) Information for local officials about the benefits of natural landscaping.
Plant Communities of the Midwest NatureServe Midwestern plant communities -- from Great Plains grasslands to the dense boreal forests that frame the shores of the Great Lakes and from northern peatland bogs to dry, Ozark glades -- have long fascinated plant ecologists. Now a comprehensive survey of all the natural plant communities found in this 12-state region is available in a single volume.
Weedlaws U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) Local ordinances can sometimes be a deterrent to natural landscaping. Includes guidelines for communities in crafting new weed ordinances that begin the road toward a more benign relationship between our yards and nature.
Wisconsin Vascular Plants Wisconsin State Herbarium Includes searchable databases, featuring photos, descriptions, common and scientific names, growing seasons, distribution within the state, and more. You'll also find the Atlas of Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora, and indexes of conifers and rare lichens.