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Have you been thinking about creating a more intentional space for wildlife around your home, farm, or place of business?
Go to the link in my profile to read more about how to effectively plan ahead so you can conserve wildlife right where you are. 📸: buttonbush x yours truly

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NEW Blog Post! Plan Your Habitat Garden. Go to the link in my profile to read my top tips for creating a beautiful habitat garden.

What's a "habitat garden"? I define it as "an intentional, cultivated space designed to benefit wildlife". It can be a wooded edge, a low, wet spot by the edge of your driveway, anything really! It doesn't have to be a big 'fancy' garden (but it can be too...)! 📸 by plant4wildlife on Flickr

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Great news! 🦋🦋🦋 According to a report released last week by @world_wildlife the Eastern Monarch Butterfly population is up by 144%, as compared to last year...and the largest numbers documented since 2007!

This is based on population estimates for overwintering sites in Mexico.
Let's keep up the good work to secure their long-term future.

I can help you build better habitat for these and other declining pollinator species. 📸 by Doug Kelley.

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Spent the day yesterday at the Sebago Lake Symposium. Sebago has been so special to me over the course of my lifetime. This was an excellent event!

The name means "Big Water" and the lake holds 1 trillion gallons! One in six Mainers get their drinking water from this 28, 000 acre lake, and 70% of Maine's wildlife use lakes for part of their life cycle.
The 300, 000 acre Sebago Lake Watershed is approximately 85% forested. According to Adam Daigneault of The University of Maine, if that number falls below 76% the water quality could be meaningfully impacted.
Sebago Clean Waters is a conservation partnership working to protect the intact watershed. Learn more at www.sebagocleanwaters.org.
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What native shrubs, perennials, or trees do you plan on planting this year?

Comment below so we can all be inspired and share ideas!

Want some more ideas or guidance? Maybe even a planting design? Book a consult, sign up for the email list or attend one of my upcoming talks.
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On our chilly trail walk this morning my dog Crow stopped to read the 🐾"Wild Canid News"🐾. I wish she could tell me what the headlines were. Where was coyote going? Where had coyote been? How is coyote faring the winter? What was his or her's last meal? Male or female? Looking for a mate? Found a mate?
It's breeding season for these highly social canines. Their gestation period is 60 to 63 days and five to nine pups will be born in late March to May. There are many wildly inaccurate beliefs about these amazing, intelligent animals. They have been persecuted and misunderstood for hundreds of years. Our coyotes are a keystone species - they bring balance and biodiversity to our landscapes. They play a critical role in upholding the integrity, productivity, and sustainability of our ecosystems.

Their droppings, or scat, is often found where trails cross (as in this case) or at a high point, even on a stone. Winter scat of wild canines usually contains mostly hair and fragments of bone. Their winter diet in this part of the world is primarily snowshoe hare and deer carrion (remains/carcasses). ✔Did you know⁉️Our relatively large coyotes in the East are technically a kind of coyote-wolf hybrid, with 8% wolf genes.

Check out my article on Carnivore Coexistence in my profile.

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One of my favorite things to do is to watch a child look through a microscope for the first time. It's such a treat. They are so amazed at the colors, detail, and complexity and almost always say something like... "WHOA!" or "C-O-O-L"!!😎😎😎. On Thursday I had the delightful experience of showing twenty 5th graders - one by one - the magical macro world of 🦋butterflies, native bees🐝, and moths. Seeing the scales and proboscis of this White Admiral butterfly specimen had them wide-eyed.

This was a bonus activity after teaching a pollinator lesson that I wrote for @retreeus - a wonderful non-profit organization that brings educational orchards to public schools! Check them out, and consider supporting their work, if you can.

I offer educational talks for school groups as part of my work. Get in touch if you are interested.

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"...And justifies that ill opinion
Which makes you startle
At me, your poor, earth-born companion
And fellow mortal!..." from To a Mouse, on Turning Up Her Nest with The Plough (1785) -Robert Burns, Scottish poet celebrated around the world on this day.

Burns was a farmer who wrote often about nature and our relationship to it.

Happy Burns Night!

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🍃HABITAT HAIKU🍃
Orange touch-me-not
Jewelweed for hummingbirds
Heals poison ivy 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿.
Impatiens capensis is an important late-season flower for hummingbirds during fall migration.
In my much-loved 1948 vintage wildflower book John Kieran explains the origin of the Latin impatiens meaning in effect impatient "because when the bean-shaped seed pods ripen, the slightest touch will cause them to explode with a quick spiraling motion that throws the seed some distance away. Show children how to pinch the tips of the seed pods and they will have a lot of fun." Doing just that was one of my favorite activities in the woods behind my house when I was a young girl. 💖 📸 Helen Lowe Metzman.

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I light this candle in memory and gratitude of Mary Oliver. Her poetry has been, and will always be important to me. 🌍.
Her wild heart - combined with her brilliant way with words - will perpetually deliver awe, hope, and a universal understanding of The Human Experience - far beyond her years here on Earth.🌍. Just yesterday I didn't know very much about her, but then I listened to a rare interview she gave with Krista Tippett from On Being in 2015. They re-posted it last night. Give it a listen, it is a touching, powerful, humorous, and spiritual interview of the poet, forager, smoker, handywoman, and trauma survivor.

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"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." - Benjamin Franklin

Grab a hot beverage and start planning your native bird and pollinator plantings now. Winter is the perfect time to plan your habitat garden.

A lot of the best plants for wildlife are not always easy to find. If you think ahead, you’ll have time to shop around, and even custom order something from a seed company or nursery.

If you'd like my list of recommended sources for seeds and plants, just sign up for the email list (link in profile) and I'll send them right along.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for an upcoming blog post on planning your habitat garden and more habitat tips, tricks, and tools.

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One of my favorite quotes by the father of wildlife ecology.

Read more on Aldo and Carnivore Coexistence on my blog (link in profile) & join us Tuesday (see my prior post, or my events page on the First Light website). 📸 MountKatahdin by James Fitzgerald.

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Work retreat with #larkspurladies in Bridgton - hatching some great collaborative plans!
Habitat Gardens that connect communities!
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Come participate in this wildly refreshing presentation and group discussion led by a diverse panel of experts. You will walk away with the knowledge and tools needed to successfully raise livestock and other farm products in coexistence with wild carnivores.

We'll also be addressing what biodiversity *really* means, why you need it and how you can promote it to benefit your whole farm ecosystem.

Join Andy Shultz of the Maine Forest Service, Abby Sadauckas of Apple Creek Farm @applecreek_abby, myself, and Geri Vistein of @coyote_center.
11:00 am - Tuesday, January 15th.

Maine Agricultural Trade Show
Augusta Civic Center

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Forest legacies are ecological structures that are vulnerable, rare, or valuable and hold value over time.

Legacy structures are key to long-term forest health and biodiversity, such as this moss-covered log.

I found this particular beauty on a client property in Livermore, near the banks of the impressive Androscoggin River.

What legacy structures can you find in your woods? I can help you find them.

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Snowshoeing after a fresh snow fall is a great way to study winter ecology. What tracks do you see? What story do they tell? What are birds doing to replenish their energy? Where did the deer take shelter last night? What are you seeing out there? Post your comments below, or tag me in your photos.

In case you are wondering, I had these gorgeous snowshoes custom-made for me in Labrador, in a place called Happy Valley. How perfect, eh?! #ThePersonalEcologist
🌳🐾🦋Conserve nature right where you are.
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🍃HABITAT HAIKU🍃
Elegant petals
So beautiful among rocks
Spring nectar for life
🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿. Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) is an early-flowering plant of shaded woodlands, edges, and rocky openings that offers important early nectar to hummingbirds in need of refueling after migration. This matched ecological timing demonstrates one of many wonderful partnerships that have evolved over millenia between plant and pollinator.
#ThePersonalEcologist. 📸 Iain Stenhouse @dr_stenny
CALLING ALL HABITAT HEROES!

I'm looking for former clients or other "habitat heroes" to highlight in my series on social media (and beyond). A habitat hero is someone who is making a difference for wildlife in their own special place - in partnership with the land.

If you are a former client, just comment below with an update on the progress you made in 2018 (or your plans!). I'll reach out to get more information for the feature.

If you are someone who has a story of how you have made your property more welcoming to birds, pollinators, and more - I'd love to hear from you, too!

By telling your story, you will inspire, educate, and help others conserve wildlife right where they are. Don't worry if you think your efforts are too small or modest. On the contrary, the cumulative effects of small-scale plantings and habitat improvements can make a huge difference for wildlife.... AND if you're reading this and feel like you haven't done enough (or anything at all!), not to worry! That's what the series is for - to spark action in 2019.

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Happy New Year, Wild Ones! For 2019 (and beyond): May all your landscape dreams blossom and grow.

May the beauty of the wild world reveal itself to you - over and over again - in a miraculous unfolding.

May you show gratitude for your place in the nature of things by planting natives to boost biodiversity.

May you know that you can conserve nature right where you are.

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Thinking of warmer days! #orono #plants #hangingplants #happynewyear #maine #mainelife #maineliving #maineplants #mainething #plantsofinstagram #plantsmakepeoplehappy
All of the remaining plants to be sold are on the right. The ones on the left are going to come to Maine with me. All plants in the diamond box are 25% off of original retail price. Any that are left will be coming to Maine. #movingthebusinessforward #machiasport #maineplants #culinaryherbs #25%off #rosemaryplants #lavenderplants #onsale #hugesale #goingfast #almostgone #organic #nongmo #greatsmellingproducts #willbegonesoon #getyoursnow
🌲You can help wildlife make it through the winter ❄ - find out how in 🎄December's🎄Field Notes and 🐾Wild Wisdom🐾 (link in profile). #ThePersonalEcologist
I had some pretty unforgettable moments throughout my years as a gypsy field biologist. I share them with you not to boast, but to help you understand where I come from and what I bring to the table...to share the magic of wild things and wild places...and hopefully inspire aspiring ecologists and biologists (the Earth needs you!). This magic moment at a bear den was in the mountains of New Mexico (circa 2000). Reach out if you'd like me to present my bear talk to your group, at your library, or event.
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Gimme Shelter...
(any Rolling Stones fans out there)? This week my email subscribers will be hearing all about how to provide better shelter habitats for birds, over-wintering pollinators and more.
Sign up (link in profile) now to find out how - and never miss an issue of Field Notes & Wild Wisdom again!
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Did you know that one of our largest Maine mammals uses standing dead trees for shelter? Find out who over on my blog (link in profile). #ThePersonalEcologist
🍃HABITAT HAIKU🍃:
Seeds for winter birds
Our striking red native grass
Plant Little Bluestem
. 📸 by plant4wildlife on Flickr

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My 10 year-old daughter spotted this Barred Owl on a country road near our house a few days ago. We did a U-turn and were able to stop our car right below it.

The owl stared right down at us. I *love* owls and was delighted for this special sighting (it was dusk and we could see it really clearly) but seeing the sheer excitement and awe of my girl in this magic moment made it extra special.
Owls are powerful predators and are uniquely designed for nocturnal hunting. We have 11 species of owls in Maine and they all need small mammals, insects, amphibians, and other prey to sustain them. I help landowners provide good nesting and hunting habitat for our owls in a variety of ways.
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Shiny new blog post (link in profile)!
It's "the most wonderful time of the year" to spot the scarlet-red berries of our native holly.
When snow transforms the landscape into a winter wonderland, the bright red berries literally announce their place in the world - nature's Christmas ornaments!

The berries of this shrub are like winter jewels for bluebirds, grosbeaks, waxwings, cardinals, robins, and other birds seeking much-needed nourishment throughout winter.

Tag #ThePersonalEcologist in your own photos of winterberry - in nature, or seasonal decor - so we can all enjoy some more eye candy!
Have you ever been to the Maine Flower Show?! As much as I love this snow, I can't wait to gawk at all the colorful displays at the show in March.
I'm so EXCITED to be presenting "Landscaping for Wildlife" at this year's show.

Link in profile for event details.

See you there! 📸 Irina Kostenich @iriser_k

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❄Winter Reverence.

With these low temps and early snowstorms I have been thinking about how soft and fragile we humans are, and how adaptive and resilient the animals are. 📸 of fisher tracks on fallen log x Yours Truly.

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What does it feel like to have your own personal ecologist?

Here's what Kristina had to say after I provided her and her husband with an in-person consultation in Pownal this past July. "What a pleasure it was to view our land through Deb’s trained eyes! As we strolled along, Deb artfully and unassumingly educated us about the interactions and connections between the plants, insects, and wildlife that we encountered.

She is a goldmine of knowledge and her enthusiasm for the natural world is contagious!
Through Deb, we discovered many beneficial species that we had not previously noticed, or been able to name. She also pointed out a couple of invasive plants that we never would have realized we had - thankfully before they had gotten too out of control!

Deb’s manner is easy-going and friendly. She encouraged our questions and provided thoughtful and practical advice that will help us keep our little corner of the world beautiful and functional for all of the plants, insects, wildlife, and humans who live here now and in the future.

Deb is an amazing resource and we are so fortunate to have her right here in Maine... I highly encourage others seek
her out!" #ThePersonalEcologist
Who knows a colloquial name for this bird? I know of at least 3 that are commonly used.

This bird is known as a benevolent trickster and cultural hero in Cree, Algonquin and Menominee mythologies.

Looking for bird feeding tips for this winter?

Follow the link in my profile, and subscribe to get lots of great habitat tips and wild wisdom delivered direct to your Inbox! 📸@kyleszegedi

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"Gratitude to Mother Earth, sailing through night and day—
and to her soil: rich, rare and sweet
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Plants, the sun-facing, light-changing leaf
and fine root-hairs; standing still through wind
and rain; their dance is in the flowering spiral grain
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Air, bearing the soaring Swift and silent
Owl at dawn. Breath of our song
clear spirit breeze
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Wild Beings, our brothers, teaching secrets,
freedoms, and ways; who share with us their milk;
self-complete, brave and aware
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Water: clouds, lakes, rivers, glaciers;
holding or releasing; streaming through all
our bodies salty seas
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Sun: blinding pulsing light through
trunks of trees, through mists, warming caves where
bears and snakes sleep— he who wakes us—
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Great Sky
who holds billions of stars— and goes yet beyond that—
beyond all powers, and thoughts
and yet is within us—
Grandfather Space.
The Mind is his Wife.
so be it." Gary Snyder, after a Mohawk Prayer
Happy Thanksgiving, Wild Ones.
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Anyone else love the look of all this terracotta?
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🍃HABITAT HAIKU🍃:
Velvet red berries
Winter provisions for birds
Hollow stems for bees

Staghorn sumac is a great shrub for birds, butterflies, and bees alike. However, it can form large colonies and be a bit of a bully (although a native one). While it doesn't work for every space, I have helped many clients embrace this naturally occurring plant with a shift in mindset.

See link in profile for more tips to get birds through the long, Maine winters.

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Throwback of me cutting moose teeth with a diamond saw about 19 years ago.
I was working for the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife bear study. When we weren't visiting winter dens, I could be found sectioning teeth in the lab.

This is done with teeth pulled at check stations from the moose hunt. This way we could age the animals taken and the moose biologist could use age and other data to better manage the long-term hunt, and the overall population.

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I have an old friend who lives in The North Maine Woods. Years ago she lost her beloved husband in a tragic plane crash (he was a warden pilot). Shortly after he died, a male cardinal showed up and spent the winter around the cabin. She felt that Jack's spirit was with her, in the form of a beautiful red bird. I've heard similar spirit stories about cardinals. Have you?

For tips on feeding birds in the winter see the link in my profile. 📸 Ray Hennessy

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Have you signed up yet? 🍂🌿🍁November's Field Notes & Wild Wisdom just got delivered to my subscribers.

Read about 3 ways to help backyard birds get through Maine's long dark winter.
Link in profile to read more, and please subscribe. 🐦 📸 Amanda Plante @amandabears5000

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I forgot to post this, but it was a mushroom I stumbled upon while exploring the Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park trails. #maine #photography #mushroom #yellow #nature #oddplants #maineplants
I've worked for clients that want fewer deer to come around, and those that want more. Wildlife management at such a small scale can be tricky, but a good dose of creativity and resourcefulness goes a long way in my work.

The real management happens at the regional level, and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife works hard at it. It's not an easy job.

Deer hunting is an important piece of the overall puzzle for managing the deer population in Maine. Overall, hunters get a bad rap - a few bad apples spoil it for everyone.

Having been around deer hunters my whole life (and been one myself), I believe the majority are responsible and ethical hunters.

I'm grateful for the work they do in helping to manage this larfe mammal that is both iconic and rife with controversy. 📸 Tom Rawinski

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Here begins my series on "Wild Reads" where I recommend a book that has had a profound influence on me as an ecologist, a naturalist, and a lover of The Wild. I am a lifelong bibliophile and am so excited to share some of my favorite reads with you!

Today's book is: We Took to the Woods by Louise Dickinson Rich. This lovely memoir of life in a remote backcountry settlement in the Rangeley, Maine area is absolutely charming. The book was published in 1942, and I read it in 1999. It resonated with my roots as a multi-generational Mainer, and a woman of the woods.
It's humorous, wise, and full of adventure. Rich's clever chapter titles include: "Aren't you Ever Frightened?" and "Don't you get Awfully Out of Touch?" About 10 years ago my husband and I had the unique opportunity to tour the actual place where the book was written - Forest Lodge on the Rapid River. We spent the day with legendary Aldro French, the caretaker and flyfishing guide who had a relationship with that magical place for over 55 years (what a storyteller!). We wandered through the rooms of the "Winter" and "Summer" Houses, where many of Rich's belongings have laid untouched through the decades (including her typewriter). But that's another story... Here's a favorite excerpt that may leave you wanting to read more of this fine book: "At night, after being at Prospect, I lie in bed and see great clusters of berries slide by endlessly against my closed lids. They haunt me. There are so many of them yet unpicked, so many that will never be picked. The birds and bears and foxes will eat a few, but most of them will drop off at the first frost, to return to the sparse soil of Prospect whatever of value they borrowed from it. Nature is strictly moral. There is no attempt to cheat the earth by means of steel vault or bronze coffin. I hope that when I die I too may be permitted at once my oldest outstanding debt, to restore promptly the minerals and salts that have been lent to me for the little while that I have use for blood and bone and flesh." Read on, Wild Ones!

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Have you heard about my popular talk on 🐝Wild Bees: Super-pollinators🐝? I was a featured speaker at the Common Ground Fair and have also presented at The Maine Flower Show, among other venues.

I am booking now for spring and summer 2019. Would your group, public library, or garden club like to host me? Here's a review from spring 2018: "Deborah recently gave a presentation to our local group, Portland Pollinator Partnership...It was phenomenal and I highly recommend her as a very knowledgeable and dynamic speaker. Her passion for biology, conservation, and ecology really ignited interest in the audience. The scope of her experience, along with vivid and compelling images and information, made for an amazing and educational evening none of us will forget."
-Annie Wadleigh

Click the link in my profile to learn more. 📸 leaf cutter bee (Megachilid ) @usgsbiml

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Beaver flowages are magnets for wildlife!

I took this photo on a client property in Penobscot County.

Your own personal ecologist has habitat expertise, and will travel! Let me show you the land through the eyes of an ecologist.

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Keep your eye out for flocks (or "drifts") of snow buntings as they are moving through and into Maine about now. Some are migrants, while others will stay for a good part of the winter, feeding on seeds of grasses and flowering plants.

These Arctic-breeders look like magical, over-sized snowflakes swirling over our fields and always leave me feeling nostalgic for my graduate fieldwork days in Nunavut where I would enjoy finding their nests occasionally whilst on the hunt for Ruddy Turnstone nests. 📸 kpmcfarland.com

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Here begins my series on "Habitat Heroes", where I feature a client who is making a difference for wildlife in their own special place - in partnership with the land, and with their own "personal ecologist." Today I had the privilege of providing a consultation to Richard Packard - a gentleman who is an excellent land steward and landscape-level visionary.

One of Richard's neighbors actually gifted this consultation as a thank you for being a great land steward and neighbor!

Three generations of the family participated in our habitat walk, through fields and woods. We inspected plants, surveyed trees, and considered the big picture.

We discussed edibles and foraging, and watched our dogs play chase with contentment and camaraderie.

It is such an honor to be shown around the forest and farm by landowners who have a deep land ethic, and to witness a multi-generational passion for biodiversity and sustainability.

As so often happens, it became clear during the two-hour consultation, that this would be a lasting relationship. I learned that the Packards run a wonderfully cozy music venue - The Hayloft at Dragonfly Barn.

We have already "hatched" a plan for me to present my Wild Bees talk at the barn in 2019, and I can't wait! (If you live in Bridgton area, do check out the Barn - tonight they have an Improv show! I wish I'd known. 🙂) Richard said he is looking forward to my help in making the land "a living classroom". For starters, my consultation report will include a series of guidelines and customized recommendations for managing the field and forest habitats in the most ecologically beneficial way.

One final note - they are looking for a farmer to farm the land! If you know of someone who would be a good fit, let me know and I'll connect you!

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🍃Plant quiz! 🌱

Name this native shrub.

Bonus for providing a fun fact or personal story.👇 #ThePersonalEcologist
In honor of The Day of the Dead - think about this:

Dead or partially dead standing trees (snags) and cavity trees (live or partially dead trees with cavities) are important to the life cycle and habitat needs of over 40 species of birds and mammals, and countless species of insects and fungi.

I can help you create more of these trees. Take two minutes to follow the links in my profile to take the first step for conserving wildlife right at home.
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🎃Happy Halloween!🎃 Isn't this hoary bat the coolest? 📸 Dave Yates
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Oh, how I love "winter beech" - American Beech (Fagus grandifolia). Unfortunately, over the last 100+ years beech bark disease has resulted in their large-scale decline.

Take heart, however, because some trees are disease-reistant and I can help you promote healthy, mature beech, on properties of any size so you can help wildlife for generations to come.
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Remember my last Habitat Tip? I encouraged leaving the perennial stems to stand tall through winter.

This shot of a gorgeous habitat garden shows how lovely the uncut perennials look after a hard frost. Convinced yet?

Now picture goldfinches and other overwintering seed-eaters perched on a frosted coneflower in the morning sun, happily feeding.

Are you with me now?

I can help you build an eco-friendly landscape of sustained, seasonal beauty - a place of pride and purpose.

Click on the Work With Me button on my website to take the first step. Now is the perfect time to plan and design for a "wilder" 2019! #ThePersonalEcologist 📸 by plant4wildlife on Flickr
Wolves, coyotes, and other apex, or top-level predators, have been persecuted and misunderstood for hundreds of years. Even today, many people have wildly inaccurate fear-based beliefs about these animals.

One commonly-held belief is that coyotes and wolves are vicious, blood-thirsty creatures who hunt and kill humans at any opportunity.

In fact, wolf attacks on humans are rare, and there has never been a documented case of a coyote attacking a human in Maine. On the whole, they avoid people and are very wary.

Read more on my blog: Carnivore Coexistence: Leopold's Wise Words Part 1. Link in profile.
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Well, hullo there Timberdoodle! I love the colloquial name for our American Woodcock - a small cryptic game bird that inhabits young moist woodlands.

I flushed one in the woods here on Monday, and always get a thrill to see them. Woodcock are on their way to the southeastern U.S. where they spend their winters.

I've written several habitat management plans to create and enhance young forest habitat for these birds, and many more that need brushy, scrubby areas of open fields, young forest, and wetlands.

This one was banded in Iowa, thank you to Arlen Breiholz @breiholz_ for the 📸! Anyone know what their primary food item is?
No googling, please. ;-) #ThePersonalEcologist
These charming mushrooms are straight out of a fairy tale. In fact, my Audubon Field Guide states that this species is "often in fairy rings under spruce, pine, and eastern hemlock." Fungi are an important fall food source for many critters, but how do they know which ones are poisonous to them? These Yellow-orange Fly Agarics are Amanitas, a family of poisonous mushrooms. We, as humans, are so disconnected from our native habitat that we need an expert or a guide to know that these are poisonous. But how do the wildlife just "know"? When I was observing coastal brown bears for the National Park Service we came to believe that the bears could sense which clams carried red tide. Every once in a while, they would dig up a perfectly good looking clam and leave it on the flats, uneaten. It's fascinating to ponder the superpowers of wildlife. What do you think?

My dear husband snapped this in Canco Woods recently. 💛

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Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata), a native of wet areas, bloomed back in July but doesn't set seed until about now (late October). Many other high-value pollinator plants do not set seed until quite late in the season.

I found this beauty on the banks of the Androscoggin River a couple of field seasons ago.

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Don't "clean up" your garden or yard this fall, and don't rake those leaves until spring!

That's right, I'm giving you an excuse to kick back this weekend and put your feet up!

Dead, woody stems provide over-wintering habitat for our native bees and the seeds are highly prized by migrating and resident birds alike. Leaf litter provides important habitat for overwintering butterflies and moths, beneficial garden bugs, and much more. #ThePersonalEcologist
🕸"Hallowed Habitat"🕸 Part 3: Wise up for Owls!🦉🦉 [Here I am releasing a banded Saw-whet Owl in 2014.⬇️😁💖 ]

Owls are powerful predators and are uniquely designed for nocturnal hunting. We have 11 species of owls in Maine and they all need small mammals, insects, amphibians, and other prey to sustain them.

You can provide good nesting and hunting habitat for our owls in a variety of ways. Read my blog post to learn how. Link in profile.

Also check out Part 1 & 2 on Orb-weavers (spiders), too!

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Your own personal ecologist will travel!

Today's consult in Hull's Cove was a total joy. I have the best clients.

Highlights from today's property consultation include: planning a beautiful privacy screening of native shrubs that will also provide super-rich bird and pollinator habitat, watching a sweet old yellow lab play ever-so- gently with my puppy, and touring an old carriage house.

I am so excited to design the plantings for this wonderful client!

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14 years ago we relocated 10 New England Asters (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) from a area slated for development to our studio's garden. Those 10 became 50+ over the years and have added color and biodiversity to our studio's meadow. #nativeplants #pollinators #lcowansitesap #studioverde #maineplants
A beautiful plant growing in the pasture. #maineplants #fallinmaine
Join Karen Farrell for her talk - Supporting United Plant Savers – What we can do in Maine at this year’s gathering. Come to learn about the rare and endangered plants we can grow in Maine and their significance in medicine and the Maine flora. Learn what we can do as a community to support the missions, goals and aims of United Plant Savers. 📷taken at the @unitedplantsavers Sanctuary in Ohio.
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#goldenseal #cohosh #unitedplantsavers #botanicalsanctuary #endangeredplants #rareplants #maineplants #maineherbalistgathering #teachers
Spotted one of my favs on our hike yesterday, orange jewelweed .
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#maine #hikemaine #jewelweed #orangejewelweed #wetland #mainewetland #hiking #forests #getoutside #getdirty #wild #getplanting #plants #outdoor #spendtimeoutside #spotted #maineplants
Some Mazar White Rhino, THC Bomb, and Colombian Gold basking in the sun. ☀️☀️ #outdoorseason #growbigorgohome #maineplants #maine #marijuana #marijuanagrowers #mainegrowers #weed #pot #potplant #marijuanaplants #plants #summer #sunshine #green #cannibis #cannibiscommunity #weedsociety #420 #420life #caregivers #grow
We have a staring problem when it comes to any and all #crassula 😍🌱🌵😍🌱🌵😍🌱🌵 #instasucculent #succies #succielove #maine #succielover #spiritridgesucculents #maineplants #succulove #succurotica #nature #livingdecor #plants #instaplant #instalike #growth #crassulaperforata #stringofbuttons
same trail, different day, and some strange organisms (someone tell me about #4)
Just an insanely cute pic of my insanely cute pup and her fiddle leaf fig. 😍
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#plantsmakepeoplehappy #plantsagram #houseplantclub #houseplants #houseplantsofinstagram #plants #plantlife #maineplants #portlandmaine #maine #flf #fiddleleaffig #ficuslyrata #figueroa
Just a slight angle over a pot of succulents to capture this texture. #maine #maineplants #succulents #mainelife #ilovemaine #snugharborfarm #sundaysinmaine #summersinmaine #kennebunk #mainething
Succulents growing at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
#maine #vacationland #thewaylifeshouldbe #mainetheway #maineplants #mainething #botanicalgardens #boothbayharbor #midcoastmaine #midcoast #wildmaine #mainegarden #boothbay
Another first for me: Trichostema dichotomum, Blue Curls. #wildflowers #wildflower #endemic #botany #flowers #flowerstagram #nature #naturephotography #naturegram #plants #maine #maineplants #mainephotographer

Feedram - это обозреватель фото и видео из Инстаграма.