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Amazon Smile Account

Please use us as your Smile Account on Amazon where we get donations from your shopping you are already doing! 

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-2352563


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New Wildflower Project

Wynn Joyce Park in Garland, Texas, is a new project of ours.  It's around 4,000 square feet and we will be planting various species of wildflowers and grasses native to Texas! The tarp is being laid first to kill the existing grasses that would otherwise overshadow and beat out the flowers and shorter native grass species we will be planting.

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Why Bumblebee Nest Boxes may be a waste of time

Interesting article ... please comment what results you've had if you have tried nest boxes.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1385669/Why-trendy-bumblebee-nest-boxes-really-waste-time.html

"It might be better for people to spend their money on planting a lavender bush or buying and sowing wildflower seeds. If they did, they’d soon see bees foraging on them and know they have done their bit to help."

"And most bees prefer to nest in underground boxes rather than above ground."

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High School Bird House Purchase.

Naaman Forest High School Woodshop Class built some great Bird Houses that we purchased and are very impressed with.  Thank you to Woodshop teacher Aaron Boatwright (pic below) for helping the students make them and allowing us to purchase at a discounted rate!

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Why are Pollinators Important?

Native Sweat Bee on one of the 2014 Sunflowers at the NTC HQ land.

Wildflower and Native Grass Plantings all directly benefit Pollinators which are needed for Healthy Native Ecosystems Around the World And The Human Food Supply.

"Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, flies, beetles and even hummingbirds are essential to roughly 70 percent of the world’s flowering plants. The U.S. alone grows more than 100 crop plants that need pollinators. Without pollinators we would not enjoy strawberries, apples, pumpkins, blueberries or many other fruits and vegetables. And we would not have forage crops like alfalfa and clover. Many plants have increased crop yield and are higher quality after insect pollination. Pollinators also help native plants reproduce, producing fruits and seeds that feed other wildlife.

Bees are the primary pollinator for most wildflowers and crops in the U.S. There are approximately 4000 native species of bees in North America. They range from large bumblebees that form colonies of a single queen and her daughter-workers, to tiny sweat bees that excavate nests in the ground and live solitary lives. Contrary to popular belief, most of our native bees are unlikely to sting unless grabbed or stepped on. Only honey bees, bumble bees and a few of the social wasps (such as yellow jackets – which are not significant pollinators) are likely to sting when their nests are disturbed.

Many people assume the honeybee is native to North America, but it was imported by Europeans in the 1600s. The honeybee is the most common domesticated pollinator in the U.S. The loss of honeybees has been widely reported, but many of our wild native bees are also in trouble. As pollinators disappear the results can be disastrous for plants that depend on them for pollination.

Whether you have a small city lot or a large country garden it is important to have a plan to preserve, protect and attract pollinators to your landscape. Pollinator conservation can be as easy as putting the lawn mower away and planting native wildflowers. Research suggests that native plants are four times more attractive to native bees than non-native flowers. By including a diversity of native flowering plants, you also support a diversity of different types of pollinators" - By Jan Begliner: Source Link

A Larger List of food crops pollinated such as Chocolate and Almonds etc. are at the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign Website: Link

Here is a comprehensive page of pollinator information for the North Texas area etc via the Xerces Society: North Texas Pollinator Resource Center

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Duck Creek Project helped by Eagle Scout Project

Mark Gonzalez and some from his Boy Scout Troop 214 tilled this soon-to-be wildflower field along the Duck Creek Park Trail for his Eagle Scout Project!  Thank you so much Mark and everyone that came out to help him on that cold Saturday morning! Special thanks also to Bishop Eddie Gonzalez for renting a motorized tiller which made the job much easier!

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