Posts Tagged ‘ Environment ’

What WNY gardeners should know about climate science

January 31, 2017
climate change illustration copyright Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko Climate change is real We can see the effects of climate change in our area. Our gardening zones in Western New York were changed to reflect our warmer temperatures. The US Department of Agriculture website unveiled a new map of gardening zones in 2012 and noted: “The new map is...
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What to do about mealy bugs on houseplants, plus more tips

December 13, 2016
mealybug courtesy Bugwood

Mealybugs can be a problem for your houseplants during winter. Find out what to do about this pest in the newest edition of WNY Gardening Matters, published by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. Mealybugs are tiny, but they’re a problem because they suck fluid from plant, weakening the plant...
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Be careful where you get your science news

December 13, 2016
treetops and cloud in Hamburg NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko As a gardener, you should be aware of climate change. You should also know that there is a lot of misinformation out there on climate change, so be careful. A lot of folks get their news through Facebook or other social media, but their friends may share posts without investigating...
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Land conservancy creating new nature preserve at site of two waterfalls in Aurora

November 8, 2016
Owens Falls Sanctuary in Town of Aurora NY

The Western New York Land Conservancy is creating a new 57-acre nature preserve at the site of Jackson Falls on Hubbard Road in the Town of Aurora. The property will be named the Owens Falls Sanctuary in honor of Barbara and Don Owens who donated $200,000. It was announced at the land conservancy’s 25th...
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Take steps now to have great soil next year

October 25, 2016
oak leaf on pine needles

by Connie Oswald Stofko A couple of simple tests can tell you what steps you have to take to improve your soil– or let you know that you are already on the right track. There are three kinds of tests you might do, said John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara...
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Wildflower area transferred to Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy

October 25, 2016
wildflower trail in Bentley Sanctuary

The Bentley Sanctuary, a wildlife preserve known for its ephemeral spring wildflowers and winding trails, has been transferred to the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy from the Audubon Community Nature Center. Even before the transfer was complete, work was begun by conservancy volunteers and Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant employees to improve existing trails and build new...
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Volunteers needed to plant trees for water quality project in Niagara Falls

October 11, 2016
planting tree by water

Community volunteers are needed to help plant trees along the shoreline of Gill Creek in Niagara Falls, which will be part of a larger creek-wide restoration effort. The planting event, organized by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. Advance registration is required. Register online or by...
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Riverkeeper wins international recognition; gardeners can help keep our water clean

October 4, 2016
planting by water

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, which works to keep our local waterways clean and healthy, recently won a prestigious international prize for its work. The Thiess International Riverprize is awarded each year to organizations demonstrating outstanding results in sustainable river basin management, restoration and protection worldwide. The award was presented Sept. 13 at the annual International...
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Fungal disease may affect vinca minor, plus more info from Master Gardeners

August 30, 2016
vinca minor in Amherst NY by Stofko

If you’re noticing dying stems and leaves on your vinca minor (also known as myrtle or periwinkle), it might not be due to the dry weather. It might be a fungal disease. You find out more in the article “Potential Problem with Vinca Minor,” one of the articles in September’s edition of WNY Gardening...
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See another side of gardening; sign up now for local bus tours

July 12, 2016
Beyond Flowers Tour in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko “The response we always get is, ‘I had no idea these things were happening,'” said Mary Van Vorst. That’s the reaction from people who went on the Beyond Flowers Tour and the East Side Momentum Tour. Van Vorst is one of the volunteers who helped organize these bus tours, which...
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