Conservancy Blog

Conservancy Blog

Rare plants: Why and how to care for them

Rare plants add immeasurable value to our lives and to our plant communities. In Pennsylvania alone, there are hundreds of plant species classified as rare, threatened or endangered, as well as many with similar status in Delaware. Learn about some of the different types of rare plant species in our area, what you can do to care for them and why it’s important to help them thrive.
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DIY Nature Paint Brushes

The textures of nature provide ample supplies for creating unique paint brushes. Turn your next backyard adventure or trail hike into a gathering mission for natural materials that can be used in this fun art project. The end result leads to awesome artwork and hours of...

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The American Robin

Most people eagerly acknowledge the first robin of spring, and nearly everyone recognizes the bold blue robin egg, but how much do you know about these birds?  

The American robin is a classic sign of spring, pulling on earthworms that are surfacing in warming soils; however, did you...

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Native vs Cultivar: Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?

Some modified blooms attract fewer pollinators and yield less nectar.  

Plants that need the help of insects, birds and other animals to pollinate and help create their progeny often supply a sugary reward for the foraging pollinator in the form of nectar—the divine drink of the...

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The Invasive Mantis Species

The praying mantis is a master of deception with a seemingly benign appearance. Despite its tranquil praying pose, this elusive creature is actually quite the predator of the insect world. Most people are able to identify a praying mantis, but many are unaware there are both native and invasive species of mantises in our area. Gardeners often recognize the praying mantis as a guardian against pests. The benefit of their efficiency, however, is questionable since they do not discriminate on what will be their next meal.
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