Wildlands

Honoring Fred W. Hoffower

Honoring Fred W. Hoffower   Today we are honoring a member of our ‘tribe’ who has passed on.  Fred Hoffower was a longtime patron at our old Bannister Recycle Center, a volunteer and eventually a Bridging The Gap employee as a part-time fill in Recycling Center Manager. Fred’s infectious spirit and dedication to the environment … Continued

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Happy National Volunteer Week!

Happy National Volunteer Week! What is your volunteer story? Through our collective stories we create the narrative needed to propel others to take action. With collective action, we can create positive change. Together, we are preserving prairies, forests, and glades with KC WildLands; planting thousands of trees with Heartland Tree Alliance; removing litter from local … Continued

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Monarch butterflies migrating early from Mexico

MDC says gardening with native plants helps butterflies and birds Kansas City, Mo. – Warm weather arrived early this spring, and so did large numbers of monarch butterflies in the Kansas City area. The first seemingly fragile orange and black butterflies spotted flitting near spring flowers in recent weeks migrated all the way from wintering grounds … Continued

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It flows downhill.

If it’s on the ground in the Kansas City Metropolitan region it could end up in the Missouri River and then in the Gulf of Mexico. Litter takes on many forms – paper, aluminum, cigarette butts – everything that is improperly placed on the ground. Much of this waste finds its way into our water … Continued

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Spreading it on too thick?

Over-application of fertilizers is a source of water pollution. Use the proper amount of fertilizer to keep your lawn green and prevent algae blooms in our lakes and streams.It’s a waste of money to apply fertilizer to your lawn if it doesn’t need it. The only way to know how much fertilizer your lawn needs … Continued

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Volunteer! KC WildLands “Long Johns and L

  Volunteer with us! Saturday, February 25, 1:00 – 4:00 PM All volunteer slots are filled. Please contact Linda to receive a sign-up link for future KC WildLands workdays: 3/23, 4/1, and 4/29. Join our Kansas City WildLands team and layer up for our Long Johns and Loppers Ecological Restoration Workday! Volunteers will cut and … Continued

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2016 Bee Study Results from Jerry Smith Park Pra

  The Blue Sage Bee is unusual. Over millions of years, it has developed an exclusive relationship with a common flower of the prairie, Blue Sage. It will only feed its larva the pollen of this one plant. If this plant is not present, this native bee species cannot survive. The Blue Sage Bee was … Continued

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38 Mayors Write an Open Letter to President-elec

This open letter was sent to the President-elect on November 22, 2016.  It is signed by Kansas City, Missouri’s Mayor Sly James and 37 other mayors across the United States.   Dear President-elect Trump, As Mayors, we have taken it upon ourselves to take bold action within our cities to tackle the climate crisis head-on. … Continued

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WildLands’ Cedar Tree Event – Dec. 3

  Kansas City WildLands 16th Annual Red Cedar Christmas Tree Event Saturday, December 3, 2016 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Mildale Farm – a JCPRD site –  35250 W 199th St, Edgerton, KS 66021   Kansas City WildLands, in partnership with Johnson County Park & Recreation District, is again offering the public an opportunity to … Continued

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Does St. Louis or KC have more species of native

Join Kansas City WildLands to discover who has more species of native bees on their urban, remnant habitat – Kansas City or St. Louis? Come find out on Tuesday, November 15 at 6:45pm at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center auditorium.  Kansas City WildLands with support from Burroughs Audubon and The Westport Garden Club through … Continued

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Annual Honeysuckle Battle

To Battle! Volunteer to help remove invasive honeysuckle at Kansas City WildLands’ Annual Honeysuckle Event. We’ll be removing exotic invasive shrub honeysuckle on two sites at one time, while enjoying the amazing fall beauty of these wild places. This is a fun and festive workday, and great for groups!   Volunteer spots are limited at … Continued

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KC Wildlands: National Public Lands Day, Restor

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Kansas City WildLands on Saturday, September 24, 9:00 AM – Noon! In celebration of National Public Lands Day, we’ll be removing exotic invasive shrub honeysuckle while enjoying the amazing fall beauty of these wild places. Volunteers will use loppers to remove the shrub, and stump-treat the root to … Continued

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Their Babies Eat Your Aphids

Photos and Text by Tom Schroeder   When I say the word “Fly”, you probably do not imagine brightly colored, harmless Flower Flies feeding on flowers in your garden. Their larvae spend the night voraciously eating aphids on your garden plants while you sleep. By modifying a few gardening practices, you can encourage this natural … Continued

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Avoid Planting Invasive Trees such as Bradford P

Spring is a wonderful time to plant new trees and shrubs, but landscapers should be careful not to plant species that can harm native habitats such as woodlands. Bradford pear, for one, is an ornamental tree that has become invasive and chokes out native species in natural areas and parks. Gardeners and homeowners are urged … Continued

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The (Many!) Benefits of Birds

Adapted from audubon.org/news/what-do-birds-do-us By Barry Yeoman, April 8, 2013 Have you ever thought about all the ways that birds are beneficial to us and our environment? The collective term for the many ways birds (and other animals, plants, and landscapes) support and improve human life is “ecosystem services.” Pest control, public health, seed dispersal, ecotourism, … Continued

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