I recently found out April is now native plant month, and I already knew that the first week of May is wildflower week. I learned a few new things about planting native plants: You don’t have to own land to grow native plants. You can plant them anywhere, even if it’s in the city. The second is that we should leave the leaves on the ground in the fall so that insects have a place to hibernate. Then when the daytime temperature is consistently above 50°F in spring, it’s time for us to begin cleaning up the leaves, and it’s a few weeks later than I used to clean up our garden. Last year I learned that native insects rely on native host plants, and fewer native insects mean less food for birds to feed their young.
We also saw an American Bittern on a recent walk which we have never seen before. We watched it eat a minnow and a mouse. It was a little too far away for a perfect picture.