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Natives in Bloom: December- February

We're looking out for native flowers all year long. Dozens of native species are in bloom now and many may be good additions to your yard to support pollinators. Click through the slideshow to view.

Ilex verticulata
Ilex verticulata

winterberry

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Red Chokeberry Aronia arbutifolia
Red Chokeberry Aronia arbutifolia

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Little Blue Stem Schizachyrium scoparium
Little Blue Stem Schizachyrium scoparium

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Ilex verticulata
Ilex verticulata

winterberry

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LEAVE AND STEMS FOR POLLINATORS

November 2022

This fall, instead of raking and baggings leaves for the landfill, consider leaving the leaves.  Raked under trees and shrubs, leaves are free mulch to suppress weeds and will fertilize your plants as it breaks down next year.  Many wildlife including insects, frogs, and mammals overwinter in fallen leaves.  Leaves also support micro-organisms in the soil to keep plant healthy and disease free.  Check out this guide from the Xeces Society on creating overwintering and nesting habitat for pollinators.  

LIGHTS OUT TO HELP BIRDS MIGRATE 

Sept 2022

Twice a year, birds migrate between wintering and breeding grounds.  Every September and October, birds are flying south, mainly at night,  navigating by the night sky.  Improperly installed night lights are disorient migrating birds, causing them to veer off-course or collide with building.  You can help migrating birds by doing a few simple things:

  • Turn off outside lights during migration (April, May, Sept, October).

  • Use down shields to direct light to avoid lighting up the sky and to reduce glare.

  • Avoid blue lights for outdoor use. 

To learn more about how you can help birds, visit:  Lights Outs.  This NY Times article opinion provides further tips,

Visit our Dark Skies Campaign to learn about its benefits. 

WEST NEWBURY WILD AND NATIVE NAMED CITIZEN OF THE YEAR-- 

May 2022-- At the Annual Town Meeting, Select Woman Wendy Reed announced this year’s Citizen of the Year award winner was West Newbury Wild and Native.  She recognized WN2's efforts to preserving the natural ecosystem of the planet one yard at a time, and the accomplishments the group made since it formed less than two years ago.

 WN2 TO INSTALL GARDENS THROUGHOUT TOWN  

-Jennifer Solis Correspondent​ 3/5/22 updated 3/7/22​

The environmentally focused group West Newbury Wild and Native — or WN2 — plans to continue its education campaign by planting demonstration gardens around the community. WN2 member Linda Schaeffer received approval from the Select Board on Feb. 28 to kick off the effort by filling an area near the entrance to the Pipestave Hill Recreation Area with a patch of plantings.

 

Also known as learning landscapes or teaching gardens, demonstration gardens can be designed to showcase native plants, trees and wildflowers and to encourage bees, birds and other pollinators to remain. Other possibilities might be a garden that highlights sustainable growing methods and techniques, or one whose focus is on a particular species for study or inspiration for home gardeners, landscapers, artists and others. A butterfly field is another possibility, Schaeffer said. Read more.

WN2

West Newbury Wild and Native is dedicated to sharing information and resources for residents of West Newbury to integrate native plants into their gardening, support pollinators and work to eradicate invasive plants in our yards and Town-owned lands.

To learn more and discover how you can garden native, check out our resources section under Campaigns - Native.

 

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Native Shrubs of New England

February 13, 7-8pm

Virtual, Newburyport Public Library 

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