Invasive Species
Invasive plants: impact on environment and people, FNR-532-W
Invasive species are said to be the second leading cause of biodiversity loss, after habitat loss. This new lesson teaches students about the significant environmental and economic losses that can be caused by the introduction of invasive plant species. The lesson meets multiple Indiana science, natural resources, math, and social studies standards.
Planting tree.
Many of the invasive plant issues we experience in the urban ecosystem is due to improper plant selection when landscaping our homes and businesses. Before you plant checkout alternative options to avoid invasive plant species
picture of dead paper wasps
In the dead of winter, we occasionally have to pick up dead wasps around our house. The wasps are often found on the carpet in the basement. But not always. Sometimes a dead wasp is on the windowsill, other times in a light fixture. To be sure, dying wasps can also be observed crawling around lethargically or even attempting to fly.
photo of a Charles Dickens book, a kettle and a brass cricket
The Christmas season is not a time when live insects are out and about. At least that's true in northern climes where the temperatures drop and the snow falls during that time of year. Of course, as is the case with most of nature, there are exceptions.
Callery pear
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Purdue Extension-FNR now has another expert-reviewed video to help spread awareness of invasive plant species in Indiana. This video discusses the callery pear, an exotic tree from East Asia that is moving from ornamental plantings to fields and woodlands.
Trees Grasslands
What you do on your property is your choice first and foremost. The decision to actively manage one's property rather than setting the land aside and let nature take its course is often discussed. One is not necessarily better than the other, but the outcomes will likely be very different, and there are several reasons why you should at least consider a more active management approach.
Taking steps to knock out potential mosquito breeding sites can greatly reduce the risk of Zika and West Nile virus in Indiana as the local mosquito season ramps up, says Purdue University medical entomologist Catherine Hill.

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