Featured Articles from The Butterfly Effect

27
Nov

Want to Clean the Air You Breathe?

Overall, one tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year.
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24
Nov

Getting off the Sidelines

“My wife Julie and I feel strongly about taking care of our environment. We believe climate change will be a significant issue for future generations. We decided we couldn’t sit on the sidelines any longer. We recycle more than we discard, we compost, we drive a plug-in electric hybrid car, and we have photovoltaic solar...
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30
Oct

Reflections on a Lake

“Six years ago I decided to do my part to help ensure the health of the small lake I live on. I removed all the roses, daylilies, hydrangeas, and the rest of the plants I had been managing with TLC for years. I had been reading about native plants—about their deep roots and their ability...
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25
Sep

Community Greening in Action in the Greater Longfellow Neighborhood

Over a decade ago Daniel Schultz listened to a talk given by Doug Tallamy, the author of the book Bringing Nature Home. It turned the way he saw the natural world upside-down. “It was such a shock to learn how little wildlife habitat is left in the United States,” states Daniel.
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29
Aug

Want Butterflies? Plant a Host Plant.

When a caterpillar emerges from an egg, it is minuscule and can’t travel far to find food. To aid her offspring’s survival, the female butterfly (or moth) deposits her eggs on the food source her newborn caterpillars require so they can eat as soon as they emerge. The specific plant (or plants) a particular caterpillar...
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31
Jul

Pick a Number, Any Number. How to Get Started Greening Your Neighborhood Today!

Forty-two ways to green your neighborhood: just plant a new tree Lee, sweep up the salt Walt, pick up your dog’s poo Lu, and set yourself free.
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11
Jul

The Kraus Family Creates a Backyard Habitat

A few summers ago, the Kraus family noticed a steady increase in monarch butterflies visiting their backyard native wildflower garden. One day after an overnight rainfall, Paula Kraus was stunned to see the black walnut tree in her family’s backyard overflowing with monarch butterflies sunning their wings.
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13
Jun

The Farmers Among Us

 How church members are contributing to the locally grown organic food movement … and how you can too.
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28
May

How to Turn your Lawn into an Ecological Asset: Feed the Soil, Not the Grass

John Coatta, of Green Core Organic Lawn Care, explains how homeowners can have lush lawns that don’t rely on weed killers and synthetic fertilizers.
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