We’ve talked about the benefits of walking and ecofriendly activities such as botany and running.  Hiking has a different twist — it’s walking (usually on trails and not pavement), could have some running in it, definitely some botany…this is a great human-powered, ecofriendly activity the entire family can enjoy! Here are 3 ecofriendly reasons to get outside Read More →

Nature Note – Bend, Oregon, April 14, 2016.   Manzanita (man-za-nee-ta) — what a beautiful name…just rolls off the tongue.  In Spanish it means “little apple” for the miniature apple-like fruits loved by a variety of animals including bears, coyotes and foxes. Greenleaf manzanita (Arctostaphylos patula) is definitely an important spring pollinator in my neck of Read More →

Reduce, reuse, recycle doesn’t always have to be practical!  Heck, it can be fun, inspirational and add a vignette to your garden — a small visually-appealing area that brings you joy.  Not sure where to begin?  These 14 ideas will get you started (including the above crafty creation by Curly Crafted Mom).  Unleash your creative Read More →

Nature Note, Bend, Oregon, March 28, 2016 — Spring is in the air!  Northern flickers are flocking in groups in the juniper sage country of central Oregon.  My morning walks are alive with the sounds of flickers and here’s what they sound like (courtesy of Birds, Inc. on YouTube): Three cool facts about Northern Flickers: Ants? Read More →