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Turtle Crossing: How You Can Help

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

You may have noticed an increase in the number of turtles out on the roads over the last couple of weeks.  This is because spring and early summer are the times turtles are moving about to find mates and a place to lay their eggs.  Pennsylvania is home to 14 different...

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Helping Pollinators Thrive at the Laurels Preserve

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Pollinators play a crucial role in every ecosystem and ensure the reproduction of many flowering plants. In recent years, scientists have observed a worldwide decline in pollinators, including native bee species—most notably in honeybees—and some butterfly and moth species. It is believed that the decline has been caused principally by habitat loss and more intensive use of pesticides on crops. In order to thrive, it is important that pollinators find nectar from plants available to them throughout the growing season.

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Adapting to Beavers

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

North America’s largest rodent, the beaver (Castor canadensis), is supremely well adapted to life in and around fresh water. In December 2018, Conservancy staff discovered a new beaver dam and lodge at Waterloo Mills Preserve that had re-routed a stream and inundated the Preserve’s wet meadows. While some of the adverse impacts included the destruction of healthy trees, there have also been some surprising benefits as a result of the Preserve's newest inhabitants.

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Invasive Species Spotlight: Common Reed (Phragmites australis)

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Many invasive species become such a large and familiar part of our landscape that we stop noticing them. Common Reed or Phragmites australis may be one of these plants. It lines highways, fills drainage basins, dominates floodplains and in some places covers thousands of acres. It is so common that even though it often grows to well over 10 feet, we barely notice it. In the northeastern United States and Canada this one plant has cost millions to state and local economies.

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Delay the Haying to Help Bobolinks Thrive

Thursday, May 30, 2019

How would you feel about a visitor who arrives without warning, then decides to camp behind your house for a few weeks, singing loudly and raising a family? And oh yes, he’s brought a dozen friends?You might feel differently if your visitors are Bobolinks. These brilliantly colored...

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