Trees Communicate Amongst Themselves

See articles below for fascinating insight into this phenomenon!

How Trees Talk to Each Other with Suzanne Simard

http://www.ted.com/talks/suzanne_simard_how_trees_talk_to_each_other

Social network of trees

“After the publication in May of Mr. Wohlleben’s book, a surprise hit titled “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate — Discoveries From a Secret World,” the German forest is back in the spotlight. Since it first topped best-seller lists last year, Mr. Wohlleben has been spending more time on the media trail and less on the forest variety, making the case for a popular reimagination of trees, which, he says, contemporary society tends to look at as “organic robots” designed to produce oxygen and wood.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/30/world/europe/german-forest-ranger-finds-that-trees-have-social-networks-too.html?_r=0

“Trees rely on a range of strategies to hunt for nutrient hot spots.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160718160933.htm

Winter Bird Feeders and Native Plants: Which Birds Like What Foods?

Click on the links below for excellent resources outlining what best to plant for and feed the birds during their more difficult winter months.

Bird feeders

http://feederwatch.org/learn/common-feeder-birds/#.V8HNXFbwnrs.facebook

Native plants for the birds

http://www.birdsandblooms.com/birding/birding-basics/helping-birds-in-winter/

On Peatlands and Climate Change

Food for thought: Discontinuing the use of peat in our gardens.

“By 2030 the Initiative aims to scale up the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of peatlands in up to 25 key countries, to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and maintain the benefits which their ecosystems provide, and thereby contribute to several Sustainable Development Goals.”

See links and photos below for more info.

http://www.ramsar.org/news/global-peatlands-initiative-launched-to-address-climate-change

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Alfred Bog, near Ottawa. We’ve been there. It’s a unique and peaceful peatland conservation, as picturesque a spot as you could ever hope to find anywhere, where native plants and wildlife abound.

“Peat bogs are an exceedingly rare habitat and the 10,000 acres in Alfred support equally rare species and a healthy moose population.

“South Nation Conservation’s 273m boardwalk lets you relish the beauty of the bog, without harming its sensitive ecosystem. The dominant vegetation is peat moss, and this produces a unique community of plants and animals.

“The Bog Walk promises to be filled with pleasant surprises and quality observations for bird enthusiasts. The bog provides essential habitat for many species of waterfowl, songbirds and hawks, such as the bobolink and sandhill crane; many species nest there while others visit in the spring and the fall. ”

See link and photos below.
http://www.nation.on.ca/recreation/birding/alfred-bog-walk-alfred-ontario

Boardwalk at Alfred Bog, Alfred, Ontario
Boardwalk at Alfred Bog, Alfred, Ontario
Fall at Alfred Bog, Alfred, Ontario
Fall at Alfred Bog, Alfred, Ontario
The beauty of Alfred Bog
The beauty of Alfred Bog
Wildlife habitat preserved at Alfred Bog
Wildlife habitat preserved at Alfred Bog