When Toronto-based documentary filmmaker Andrew Nisker’s father, Harold, who was always the picture of health, fell ill with a Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, he was heart-broken and perplexed and then alarmed at what he learned. Exposure to pesticides is a marker of the disease and the only place his father could have been exposed was at the golf course. His film, “GroundWar: When Playing Fields become Battlefields,” takes viewers on Nisker’s journey as he talks with health experts, golf industry representatives, environmental advocates and family members of cancer victims in an effort to raise awareness about the use of pesticides and their dangers on playing fields.Continue reading“Ground War: When Fields of Greens Are Not Fields of Dreams”
Enjoy this lengthy, detailed and illustrated article from the Nature Conservancy as they “explore the intimate connections plants and pollinators depend on for survival and how this understanding can enhance our own efforts when gardening for wildlife.” See the full article here.
Gardenista says, “When it comes to pollinator gardens, not all are created equal. In fact, we were surprised to learn that many plants advertised as “pollinator friendly” actually do more harm than good, either because they do not support the entire life span of pollinators and threaten native species that do, or because they are grown with toxic pesticides that can remain for years. For the conscientious garden, a chemical-free, native pollinator garden is the best choice.” Read the article here.
Would you like to know how to create a sustainable garden that helps wildlife find food, water, shelter and a safe place to raise their young? May is designated by National Wildlife Federation as “Gardening for Wildlife” month and a new section of their website will provide all the pointers you need. check it out!
Pollinator Pathway has created a terrific illustrated guide to plants that will attract hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators through most of the year. Plan your buffet for the bees with this handy chart.Continue reading“Wildflowers for Pollinators with Blooming Seasons”