In Defense of Dandelions

Posted on 05/29/18 by Amy in Educational Outreach

Seriously, look at her! Glorious bumble bee just loving the dandelion pollen!!

It's just a little past time for this post but the little yellow flowers that some love to hate are still popping up in yards. Personally, I celebrate dandelions. They are one of the first flowers to emerge after a long winter. All types of bees use them for food and often they are the only food available... read more

Making Your Home Bird Friendly

Posted on 05/22/18 by Lauren in Educational Outreach

A happy Chestnut-Sided Warbler at Magee Marsh. (my photo)

As the weather warms up, migratory birds pass through Ohio on their long journey from the breeding grounds. Spring migration (March 15-June 1) and Fall migration (August 15-October 31) are fantastic times to see migratory species, especially for those of us lucky enough to live close to Lake Erie. I recently took a trip to Magee Marsh and... read more

Watershed Moments

Posted on 05/16/18 by Jacki in Educational Outreach

The Bees just learned they had the highest overall score...

This year the NACD poster contest topic is “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home”. Such an inclusive topic – when the water hits the ground it has to go somewhere so we all live in a watershed (drainage area). We can‘t wait to see what types of art work the students in grades K-12 create to represent this topic!... read more

Plants! Get Your Native Plants Here!

Posted on 05/01/18 by Kelly in Educational Outreach

Bumble bee on a purple coneflower.  Photo Credit: Kelly Parker

Spring is finally upon us! Well...maybe...it is northeast Ohio after all; it could snow tomorrow for all we know. But regardless of what tricks Mother Nature as up her sleeve, it's native plant sale time! Why is this a big deal you ask? Because native plants play amazing roles in our ecosystem, that's why! They were here first. Before... read more

Backyard Math

Posted on 04/24/18 by in Urban Agriculture

Visual representation of bamboo scenario.

Here at Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, I field questions all the time about fertilizer application rates. So in this month’s spring season blog, I will be reviewing and calculating some real life scenarios that have come my way. A quick primer on fertilizer math is necessary to begin. Fertilizers are typically sold with a three number code... read more


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