This instalment of the Nearby Nature Project touches on policy-making as a means to address biodiversity loss and garden "pests." I also share some birdwatching highlights, gardening successes and some cute backyard visitors.
Despite Canada's record breaking forest fire season, and the dampening effect of wildfire smoke on wellbeing, there are still plenty of opportunities to strengthen nature connectedness.
It's the time of year that Calgary vegetable gardeners hopes are high: prepping the soil, planting seeds and hoping for a good harvest. About three-quarters of my garden beds are planted. I'm also making time for citizen science projects related to birds, pollinators, plants and lake health.
July is peak wildflower season in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy nearby nature while keeping watch for colourful blossoms and pollinators. It's also time for harvesting early crops from our edible garden. And for nipping any garden pests or diseases in the bud.
Welcome to the latest instalment of the Nearby Nature Project! Over 25 years ago I learned that fostering my relationship with Mother Nature is essential to my well-being. So I garden, walk, hike, cycle and/or kayak just about every day. I’m not alone in discovering that being outside is good for mind and body. Mainstream …