Featured Articles from The Butterfly Effect

24
Apr

Wellness One Yard at a Time: How Eco-Friendly Landscaping Can Improve Human Health. By Kelly Cartwright, Ph.D.

Kelly Cartwright, Ph.D., is a biology professor at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois where she teaches environmental biology, general biology, botany, and introduction to sustainability.
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17
Mar

Jewel-Toned Beauty

“I love this composition, with the aster’s swept-back petals and the bee’s intense colors against the dark background.
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04
Feb

Unfarming the Driftless

When the O’Connors bought an old dairy turned deer-hunting farm, they had visions of transforming it into a “perfect” prairie. “We envisioned prairies with beautiful flowers, all natives, and no weeds,” explains Marcie, who, with her husband Mike, has been restoring their 500-acre farm near Alma, Wisconsin, into prairie and savanna for the past 20...
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14
Dec

Complete Puffery

Nature photographer Travis Bonovsky has a knack for spotting birds “doing their thing,” just about any time he walks out his front door.
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06
Nov

My Slice of Heaven

“My little slice of heaven in the city provides big habitat for wildlife. A small, modest bungalow on a narrow, 40-foot wide lot in Minneapolis, not far from the only gorge along the mighty Mississippi.
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08
Sep

It’s Harmless (to you!): The Yellow Garden Spider

This harmless, stunning creature should be welcomed in your yard or garden.
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24
Jun

Saving Our Bees, by Heather Holm

Native plant gardeners with keen observation skills have surely noticed the increase in flower-visiting insects in their gardens. Fascinating visitation patterns emerge from one growing season to the next such as the same type of bee consistently foraging on a particular native plant. About 15 years ago, while installing and tending native landscapes, I started...
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24
May

A New Lawn for the 21st Century

Here are four things you may not know about America’s lawns. Who uses more pesticides? Farmers on their agricultural crops, or homeowners on their lawns? The answer?
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26
Apr

Consider the Consequences of Your Purchases at the Garden Center

Next time you visit your favorite garden center, you may want to contemplate some of these purchases:
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