National Pollinator Week June 20 – 26, 2022 

National Pollinator Week is June 20 – 26. Fourteen years ago, the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration, promoting the valuable ecosystem services provided …

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What’s that Crawling in the Garage?

Ever see a creepy, crawly, worm-like creature with oodles of legs in your yard or even in your house?  Could be a centipede or a millipede.  These strange looking critters are not insects – they’re more closely related to lobsters, crayfish, and shrimp, but are land dwellers. They’re most active at night around moist habitats …

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A Bee or Not a Bee, that is the Question

There’s a whole lot of buzzing going on – bees are busy doing their thing, zipping from flower to flower, moving pollen from one to the other, bringing the promise of plump peaches, tasty tomatoes, and humdinger zucchini. There are also ones that might be drilling little holes in the eaves of your roof or …

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Earth Day 2022 – Take Action!

Earth Day is April 22, with this year’s theme, Invest in our Planet.  Since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, it has generated public support for the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, and the Endangered Species Act.  Check out …

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National Plant a Flower Day!

March 12, National Plant a Flower Day, is right around the corner. How about planting some flowers to attract pollinators?  First – meet the pollinators, and get acquainted with who they are, and they’re desired habitat, and learn more about pollination and pollinators. Then, before taking off for the nursery, check out these tips on …

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Kick the Chemicals! Care for your Garden and Beyond Season 2!

Want to solve garden problems while creating landscapes that are in sync with the natural environment? Join us for our new season of webinars that will focus on attracting and protecting pollinators in your garden, successfully managing rats, and replacing that thirsty lawn – all without chemicals!  Co-sponsored by YardSmartMarin and Marin Master Gardeners, talks …

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Moths are Pollinators Too!

Birds, bees, and butterflies as important pollinators.  Did you know there are lots of other pollinators, like ants, beetles, moths, and even the wind?  While often considered the ugly cousin of the butterfly, moths are not only beneficial pollinators, they’re often equally gorgeous! There are more species of moths in the U.S. than all the …

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Christmas Bird Count Week

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) occurs December 14 to January 5 every year. The CBC is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of community science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out …

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Praying Mantids in the Garden are Mostly Good Guys

It’s the time of year that you may encounter a wonderfully weird, insect-hunting machine in your garden – a praying mantis. Named for the way they hold up the forepart of their body with its enormous front legs – like they’re praying. Ranging in size from two to four inches long, they’re masters of camouflage.  …

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