Web Resource: USDA Forest Service, Celebrating Wildflowers

Leptonycteris curasoae yerbabuena, Lesser Long-Nosed Bat, the USDA's July 2006 "Pollinator of the Month", visiting Carnegiea gigantea, Saguaro cactus. Each Saguaro flower blooms just one night. The shape of the flower and the muzzle of the bat have co-evolved to adapt to each other. The Lesser Long-Nosed Bat is an endangered species.
Source: Bat Pollination
Photo by Merlin D. Tuttle, Bat Conservation International.

This past Monday, July 17, the USDA Forest Service launched a new section on their Web site:
Celebrating Wildflowers is a season-long series of events for people of all ages who love our native plants. Activities include wildflower walks, talks, festivals, slide programs, coloring contests, planting events, and seminars that emphasize the values and conservation of native plants. - Home Page

USDA Forest Service botanists and other specialists around the country have contributed to the editing, content, construction, and maintenance of this website. The site is dedicated to the enjoyment of the thousands of wildflowers growing on our national forests and grasslands, and to educating the public about the many values of native plants. - About Us
I haven't had time to but glance over the material. The site is visually attractive and very well organized, encouraging exploration and browsing. For example, the home page provides links to Forest Service Regions, states, and specific National Forests and Grasslands.

(However, the Eastern Region page doesn't list any "Wildflower Viewing Areas" in New York State! Perhaps the explanation is that there is only one National Forest, Finger Lakes, in New York. But still ...)

The menu includes links for both native gardening and invasive plants. There are sections with activities for children and resources for teachers. Language is clear and simple while not "dumbed down."

Props to the Native Plant Conservation Campaign for bringing this to my attention.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I live in Carroll Gardens in Broklyn, in a loft apartment. Outside of my window which is a quasi deck there is raccoon that has lately made an appearance, he crosses over my deck to go to the roof of the factory building adjacent to my building!
He's big and fat too!