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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A couple weeks back we posted about U. of Delaware's Professor of entomology and wildlife ecology Douglas Tallamy's great new book entitled-- BRINGING NATURE HOME: HOW YOU CAN SUSTAIN WILDLIFE WITH NATIVE PLANTS..............Tallamy has followed up on his book being published with a thoughtful Op Ed piece in yesterdays NY Times discussing how all of us can make conscious choices to enhance the diversity of our yards and neighborhoods by as he puts it-- "admiring and buying plants for what they do; not for what they look like"..............It's all about catapillars as far as our native songbirds being able to effectively feed their newborns this Spring............And our native catapillars are hardwired to feed on the native plants that they have co-existed with for millenia, not the asian and european ornamental plants that most us end up buying at our local plant nurseries........And those exotics are not fed on by our catapillars...............No catapillars, very few birds!!!!!!........So it is paramount that we take this into account and realize that "what we plant in our landscapes determines what can live in our landscapes"............... "Controlling what grows in our yards is like playing God".............. "By favoring productive(native) species, we can create life, and by using nonnative plants, we can prevent it"

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In Your Garden, Choose

 Plants That Help the Environment

Admire plants for what they do. Not for what they
look like.

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