Conservation can take many forms. Land can be purchased or acquired by donation in order to prevent development – this is conservation in its most fundamental form.
Following the acquisition of land, the land can be stewarded by control of invasive plant species or implementation of practices such as controlled burns to maintain pre-settlement plant communities. Land can also be restored after impact by humans, such as the removal of structures or non-native soil materials or by plugging ditches, breaking tiles, and restoring pre-existing hydrology in the case of wetland restorations.
Or… conservation can occur in your very own backyard! You don’t need to drive anywhere to experience nature, and have an impact on your world. Take native gardening for example and a plant like Wild Bergamot, also known as Bee Balm or the Latin term, Monarda fistulosa. This is a plant that is oddly beautiful with spidery petals and stamens reaching toward the clouds and color variations with a range of pinkish purples to a nearly white lavender, and best of all is one of the most attractive plants to have in a pollinator garden.
This plant will bring a world of additional color and activity to your garden in the form of butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and the fascinating little hummingbird moth! Planting native plants in a diverse manner will also bring you a diversity of wildlife – milkweed attracts monarchs to nectar on and to lay their eggs, cardinal flower is a deep, vibrant red and pollinated by hummingbirds, purple coneflower is abuzz with bees throughout its flowering period, and the leaves of cup plant provide cover for tree frogs while the seeds are a food source for songbirds.
Anyone can be a conservationist… just sprinkle a few seeds.
To learn more, please visit our website for additional information and for a slideshow of some of our most beautiful native plants.