Colorado Wildlife Federation is partnering with National Wildlife Federation to participate in NWF's acclaimed certified wildlife habitat/garden for Colorado. Here is the link to learn how to certify your habitat /garden. www.nwf.org/Garden-For-Wildlife/Certify.aspx
GARDEN FOR WILDLIFE MONTH SPECIALS:
Bring Home the Bees Contest Certify your garden this Pollinator Month and win a bee nesting house!
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has declared June Colorado's polliinator month. " Bees, and other pollinators, are crucial for our ecosystem and the starting point of the food chain that serves countless species, including humans! The out-sized work of bees makes them truly fantastic creatures."
Colorado Resolution 1029 desginates first "Pollinator Highway" -- Interstate 76. It directed Colorado Dept. of Transportation to coordinate with local governments , willing landowners and other groups to use Integrated Vegetative Management strategies to develop pollinator habitat where appropriate -- maintenance needs of pollinator habitat are very low.
Idea for water features: place a hanging basket in the water feature. I found last year that so long as a shade annual in the basket receives constant water in the water feature it has thrived.
For anyone who is unfamiliar with cheatgrass, below is a photo so you can identify this invasive scourge that spreads quickly and ruins native habitat. If you see it in a small patch and seeds have not disbursed, pull it out by it shallow roots.
Here is a link to the "Garden in a Box" products at conservationcenter.org. Very nice! conservationcenter.org/gardens/
Attracting Birds and Beneficial Bugs this Spring:online.nwf.org/site/MessageViewer
Want to plant bulbs that squirrels will not dig up? For fall planting try Allium and Daffodils. Perhaps you can hide a few tulip bulbs inside a group of Allium and Daffodils but no guarantee that will work.
Go to NWF's Facebook for a video interview of naturist David Mizejewski who gives tips on providing water for wildlife during summer and how to have a wildlife water feature while eliminating mosquitos.
See the Denver Zoo's new pollinator garden, The Pollinator Pathway. This is National Wildlife Federation's 200,000th certified wildlife habitat!
Here is a link to the CBS news story about honeybees wearing tiny backpacks to try and solve the mystery of why worker bees permanently leave their hives. http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/bees-wearing-tiny-backpacks-deployed-to-solve-mystery
© Kathy Boucher, Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) above. Its life zone in Colorado is from the plains to montane. It is a host plant to the Monarch butterfly - milkweed is the only plant that Monarch caterpillars eat. Colorado has four native types of milkweed.
White-lined sphinx moth (Hyles lineata) (left)
Below: Pollinator Pathway at the Denver Zoo - installed spring 2016- is NWF's 200,000th certified garden habitat ! You can see the colorful Blanketflower (Gaillardia aristata). This Colorado native grows well in the foothills and montane zones. It blooms from June through early fall.
Woodhouse's frog in garden habitat (Colorado)