Fall is for Planting Natives!

Fall is a great time to spruce up your yard with some new plants.  Consider adding plants that attract and support natural enemies that can help manage pest populations.  And try some natives! You can introduce more biodiversity that helps your yard be more resilient to pests and diseases, while conserving water.  Because they evolved […]

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Pollinator Protection News

Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley announced new legislation that would create a pollinator-friendly plant labeling program, modeled after the Organic Foods Production Act that created organic labeling. The program would require the Department of Agriculture to create a certification program for plant producers in order to certify that their plants are not treated with pesticides

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It’s National Pollinator Week!

National Pollinator Week, this year June 19 – 25, is an annual event celebrated internationally in support of pollinator health. It’s a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them. Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by Pollinator Partnership, and fifteen years ago the U.S. Senate’s

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Look for the Garden Good Guys

Beneficial insects aka natural enemies or good bugs are predators that help control pests. Some common ones you’re likely to see in the spring garden include: Green lacewings – recognizable with their slender pale green body, delicate gossamer wings and immense golden eyes. The adult consumes only pollen and nectar; it’s the young form that

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Good or Bad Guy Chomping Your Tomatoes?

If you notice a quarter of a tomato plant missing overnight, but you can’t figure out what’s causing it, look closer!  A master of disguise, the tomato hornworm may be the culprit! These are enormous caterpillars – up to four inches long!  Their striping pattern makes them hard to spot despite their size. One tell-tale

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Protect our Amazing Hummingbirds

You’re likely familiar with the smallest of all birds – the hummingbird.  Found only in the Americas, these tiny aerial acrobats are important pollinators AND insect eaters, doing their part as flying pest controllers! They can use our help by providing them with the basics – shelter, water, and food.  September 3, 2022 is National

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Protect Pollinators from Neonics

Did you know you can unwittingly expose pollinators to harmful pesticides?  Some plant growers still use strong insecticides when growing their garden plants.  Neonicotinoids, commonly referred to as “neonics,” are very toxic to pollinators, beneficial insects, and aquatic invertebrates, and are the most widely used class of insecticides in the world. The active ingredients in

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