Today I want to share with you a fascinating story from Science Daily on how the invasive reed Phragmites australis manages to suppress other wetland plants by taking advantage of the biochemical activities of native plant roots and native microbes in the soil. […]
Another July has come and gone, but not all of the fireworks are over. The striking pink display of spotted knapweed, Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos, is still going strong in rangelands and old fields and along highways and railroad grades across the country. Native to Europe, spotted knapweed was introduced accidentally to North America […]
Many ecological communities in Pennsylvania (including native grasslands, oak-hickory forests, and serpentine barrens) depend on periodic fires to maintain their plant community composition and structure. In an even wider range of habitats, fire can be a tool to help combat invasion by non-native plant species. But conducting prescribed burns on private land has been […]
I recently returned from spending several days hard at work on my “farm”. Why the quotation marks? Well, the 116-acre property, which has been in my family since the early 1900s, doesn’t grow crops or livestock these days, but does produce both Grasshopper Sparrows and Henslow’s Sparrows on 80+ acres of reclaimed strip mine.