What Are the Turkeys Doing?

For Lamp Post “It’s Easy Being Green”

by Barbara Walvoord

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The metaphorical turkeys–the government, the military-industrial complex, the big banks, and so on–are of course running the country right into the ground, as we all know. But the actual turkeys at Lathrop are busy doing their thing. We’ve spotted them lately around our houses and fields. I saw one on June 14, down behind the houses on Spiceberry. Continue reading What Are the Turkeys Doing?


Wildflowers in our Woods Now – May 24, 2014

East: Along the wide woods path at the end of Bassett Brook Road are wide swaths of Canada Mayflower, also known as False Lily of the Valley, now beginning to bloom. Its scientific name is Maianthemum canadense. It’s edible; there’s a recipe online for jelly!  Google it online to see picture, or see a neat youtube about it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRd_JKlCW_g.

Golden Alexander
Golden Alexander

North: Look along the woodland path for Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea). Its name tells its color. It is beneficial to a wide range of insects with short mouth parts, says the USDA. (http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_PLANTMATERIALS/publications/mdpmcfs7726.pdf)

How to Dispose of Garden Plants

How to Dispose of Garden Plants

  • Lily of the Valley
  • Vinca
  • Creeping Charlie, Creeping Jenny, Ground Ivy
  • Pachysandra
  • Orange Daylily
  • Snow on the Mountain

Please do not discard in our woods any parts of these plants or any soil that could contain their seeds. They are alien invasives that do not match the mouth parts and body chemistry of the native insects our birds need to raise their young.  They will crowd out the beautiful native wildflowers and plants that nourish our native insects and wildlife. Continue reading How to Dispose of Garden Plants

Native Habitat Restoration: Another Retirement Community’s Experience

On June 11, at 11 a.m. in the Mount Tom room, a  landscaper and two residents from Thom’s former retirement community in New Jersey will make a public presentation about their award-winning project to restore native habitat in their retirement community. Their visit is part of the work of Lathrop’s Land Conservation Subcommittee of the Green Committee, which is working with Lathrop management to construct a master plan for managing our fields, woods, and wetlands in ways that nurture our butterflies, bees, birds, and wildlife. Contact the committee through its chair, Barbara Walvoord (walvoord@nd.edu).

Review of “Bringing Nature Home” by Douglas Tallamy

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By Eleanor Johnson for the Land Conservation Sub-committee

“Plants are not optional on this planet.  With few exceptions, neither we, nor anything else, can live without them.”

Douglas Tallamy, in his book, Bringing Nature Home, presents compelling arguments for the need to preserve our native plants, and the ecosystem that they sustain.   He describes the many ways we humans have destroyed and disrupted our natural habitats, and warns that the future of our native species (plants, insects, birds) is in danger.  But his message is clear and positive:  we can slow the rate of extinction of species by learning to share our spaces with the plants and animals that are native to our North American region. Continue reading Review of “Bringing Nature Home” by Douglas Tallamy

Minutes of Meeting, May 16, 2014

Land Conservation Subcommittee of the Green Committee

Minutes of Meeting, May 16, 2014, 2-3 p.m., Inn dining room at Easthampton campus

Submitted by Barbara Walvoord

Attending: Adele Dowell, Jim Dowell, Sharon Grace, Lyn Howe, Eleanor Johnson, Gillian Morbey, Diedrick Snoek, Barbara Walvoord (chair). Absent: Chuck Gillies

Book Discussion: First ten minutes were spend discussing our reactions to the first two chapters of Douglas Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home.

Holly Nelson Visit June 11. Barbara reminded the members about the agenda, which they had received via e-mail. The most important items for the committee are the 11 a.m. presentation and the 1 p.m. meeting of our visitors with the committee, both in the Mt. Tom room. Continue reading Minutes of Meeting, May 16, 2014

Land Conservation Committee: task update May 9, 2014

Land Conservation Committee:  Eleanor Johnson has volunteered to read Doug Tallamy’s book Bringing Nature Home and report on it. Then we can donate it to the Easthampton campus library. You all have the first two chapters as a handout I distributed for discussion at our next meeting.
Once we’ve discussed the book, if Gillian thinks that the Noho campus would like a copy, we’ll buy another and donate there, too.

Nurturing Lathrop’s native plants and wildlife.