Hoverfly on coyote mint, Anise swallowtail on echinacea,
Long horn bee on sunflower, Tarweed seedhead
Photos by Kristina Lefever by Kristina Lefever The world has changed a lot since our last issue of The Pollinator Times. Too many months have gone by with no newsletter .... even though we have been busy buzzing like a-you-know-what. But also distracted, discombobulated, overwhelmed, and stuck. With so many important issues in the world right now, it's hard to know what to do - federal, state, or local, it all needs fixing -- on so many fronts. With the urgent need to DO something, many of you are! COVID, racial injustice, climate change, homelessness, voter rights - all such big iss
By Laura Jessup
About four years ago, I moved to a sweet old home on 3 1⁄2 acres. Tall pines and giant oaks surround the house, native pink clarkia and yellow madia bloom each summer in the open field, and Oregon grape adds color to the understory in spring. These are hardy native plants able to hold space among the many non-native grasses and forbs introduced over the years. However, in the riparian areas there was just one species that squeezed out nearly everything: Himalayan blackberry, a delicious but pernicious invasive plant that not only out-competes nearly all natives, but also accumulates hazardous wildfire fuel.
The fire marshal was appalled. The neighborhood FireWise commun