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Caterpillar Identification

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 | 0 comments

Caterpillar Identification

Spring has sprung for some of you in the more southerly climates, so I thought it would be fun to include this moth and butterfly caterpillar identification guide. I had the opportunity to watch a cecropia moth hatch last year – it was a very cool experience and I was amazed by how active the moth could be while still in its cocoon and trying to get out. Here are a few other sites that offer detailed information on the life cycles and habitats of the east and west U.S.: Lepidoptera of the Pacific Northwest Caterpillars of the Eastern Forests  ...

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Plants and Birds

Posted by on Jan 23, 2016 | 0 comments

Plants and Birds

Below are some helpful online resources showing what native plant species benefit what birds, mostly as food sources, but some as cover or nesting material. <http://www.creditvalleyca.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/21310-breeding-birds.pdf> A beautiful visual reference that includes foraging guilds and nesting. <http://www.loudounwildlife.org/PDF_Files/Gardening_for_Wildlife_Plant_List.pdf> This list includes wildflowers, shrubs, and trees. The document also provides a great list of books used to develop their plant list and which provide even more detailed information....

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Bioswales – Design and Plant Selection

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Bioswales – Design and Plant Selection

This post is in response to Rachel’s questions about a bioswale for a winery. The challenges for her project include high acidity and a short period of time with a high input of material into the bioswale. Plant selection is important, but so is calculating how much sediment the bioswale can handle and still function properly. There are many resources that provide simple overviews on wetland systems (bioswales, rain gardens, retention ponds) designed to treat waste water, but few go into design detail or provide thorough plant selection information. Below are a few resources I found...

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Bio swales

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 | 1 comment

Any tips for designing bioswales? This one I’m working on is intended to filter effluent from a winery. The peak season is in the fall “crushing.” The discharge will be acidic, some cleaning chemicals, and lots of sediment. Finding adaptable plants is a challenge…but also the sediment blocking the permeability into the ground. Resources, ideas, insights anyone?

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Earthworm Invasion, White-tailed Deer and Seedling Establishment

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 | 0 comments

Earthworm Invasion, White-tailed Deer and Seedling Establishment

Bernd Blossey presented this research on the relationship between earthworm, white-tailed deer, and native plants establishment at the New Directions in the American Landscape conference in New London, CT in February 2015. He kindly provided the article as printed in the Journal of Ecology for use on this blog.

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Research in Landscape Architecture

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 | 0 comments

Research in Landscape Architecture

How do we know what we know? Do oyster reefs really protect against storm surges? Are floating wetlands really all that great? What about biochar or hugelkultur? What plants can be used for phytoremediation? This post is in part a response to Amy N’s recent post on the complexities of urban cleanup but also contains material I’ve been ruminating about all summer. This summer, I have been interning for the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) here in DC. LAF puts out the Landscape Performance Series website (http://landscapeperformance.org/), which includes landscape...

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