Backyard Book Series

Nature Reading: DLC’s Backyard Book Series

Davidson Lands Conservancy has published its Backyard Book series, which includes: Backyard Birds Backyard Butterflies Backyard Insects These flip-books feature beautiful photography and lots of useful knowledge about the creatures you see everyday in your own backyard and the natural spaces around town. Purchase each book of the Backyard Book Series for $10 from DLC […]

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Pollen: Nothing to Sneeze At

It’s spring, which for many of us here in Davidson means the return of flowers, birds, butterflies, and other pleasant things. However, it also means the return of something generally considered to be unpleasant—pollen. Pollen, be it from trees, from ragweed, or from flowers, is one of the leading causes of allergies. However, pollen also […]

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The Other Pollinators

Pollination is a process that is of enormous importance to humanity.  Food crops, trees, and ornamental plants all ultimately depend, in order to reproduce, on the transfer of pollen grains from one plant to the next. In some cases, this pollen is carried by the wind, but the most successful groups of flowering plants rely […]

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Native Bees

Bees are probably the most important insects to the human experience. It goes without saying, then, that the epidemic of “colony collapse disorder” affecting honeybee populations around the world is making headlines and becoming the subject of TV documentaries. In 2013, the average beekeeper lost 45% of his or her colonies over the course of […]

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