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  • A Bird in the Hand?

    Added March 20, 2017
    Handsome rooster. Photo: © Leora Worthington.

    So it turns out there is a lot more than the desire for fresh eggs to consider when deciding to become a chicken owner. Our very own Master Gardener Candice McLaren will be giving a FREE class on chickens entitled “Chix in the City, Hens in the...

  • Extend Your Garden’s Hospitality – Go Wildlife-Friendly! Wildlife-Friendly Gardens, Part II

    Added March 12, 2017
    Bushtits seeking insect food in thicket of Coyote brush and Sticky monkeyflower. Photo: © Carol Nickbarg.

    Planning a Wildlife-Friendly Garden A sustainable wildlife-friendly garden rests on habitat creation – the addition of native plants and physical features to your garden, and on diversity of insect species – the wildlife...


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  • Mosquito Eater? What's That Flying Insect?

    Added March 24, 2017
    Adult crane fly. [J.K.Clark]

    It's now spring, which means the appearance of all kinds of insects, including those large, leggy insects sometimes called “mosquito eaters” or “mosquito hawks”, which fly awkwardly in or around your house. These insects are...

  • There's Gold on Them Thar Roses

    Added March 24, 2017
    Matched pair: Two multicolored Asian beetles on rose leaves in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    There's gold on them thar roses. No, not the kind of gold found during the California Gold Rush (1848–1855) that brought some 300,000 folks to the Golden State. These are gold eggs from the multicolored Asian beetle, Harmonia axyridis, that...

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