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June 21, 2021

A Tribute to The Monarch Butterfly: How to Turn Your Backyard Into a Butterfly Sanctuary

by Hermann Samano Iconic is the most appropriate word to describe the Monarch butterfly. Most of us have fond childhood memories of the unmistakable orange and black beauty flitting around the blue sky on sunny summer days. They were everywhere — and their presence was so magnificent. Their name, in Greek, means “sleepy transformation” in […]

June 14, 2021

Understanding the Nutritional Needs of Bees Can Help Drive Pollinator Conservation Toward Better Outcomes

by Rachel Sohmer Given the current realities of pesticide use, habitat destruction, parasites and disease, climate change and air pollution among yet other stressors, there is no denying that conserving bees is a complex problem demanding complex solutions. Poor nutrition, linked to widespread declines in both the abundance and diversity of flowering plants, has profound […]

October 14, 2020

Vindicating the Goldenrod

Allergy sufferers often curse the golden sea of blooms from goldenrods that appear in fallow fields, landscapes and along roadsides from July to November. Sadly, these complaints are based on an unfortunate case of mistaken identity. Both members of the aster family (Asteraceae), goldenrods (Solidago genus) are often errantly identified as allergenic ragweeds (Ambrosia genus). Though there […]

May 23, 2020

The 4 Key Quail and Pheasant Habitat Types You Need on Your Property

Pheasants and bobwhite quail have become iconic symbols of the American grassland and prairie restoration movement. For upland game bird hunters, they represent satisfying days afield with a loyal bird dog. The frenetic rush of cackling and wing beats on the flush. For others, these birds are indicators of healthy, biodiverse prairies and grasslands. Their […]

May 3, 2020

Creating Community and Economic Opportunity with Solar, Pollinator Meadows, and Craft Beer

A post by Guest Contributor, Rob Davis Filmmaker Scott Mason returned to his hometown of Meadville, PA earlier this year and produced a beautiful video about how the national trend of pollinator-friendly solar is creating community and economic opportunity in Pennsylvania. Touring the Ernst Conservation Seeds farm last fall, and hearing from native and naturalized […]

March 20, 2020

Doing Business with Ernst Seeds During the COVID-19 Pandemic

To our valued customers, vendors and community: First and foremost, we thank you for your continued business and want you to know we are open for business as of this writing. Customers should notice no substantial change in the way they do business with us. However, in order to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on our workplace, […]

March 10, 2020

Switchgrass & Other Native Warm Season Grasses in Riparian Buffers

As with many practices aimed at solving a problem with ecological solutions, research is showing the ecological and agricultural benefits of a diverse approach to riparian buffer establishment – specifically one that includes the addition of native perennial grasses like switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) and forbs (flowering plants). These plants are known for their expansive and deep-reaching root […]

March 25, 2019

Beat the Buzzer for Frost Seeding

In the midst of all this March madness, a window of opportunity is closing for landowners to get a jump on early planting of native seeds by frost seeding. As the name implies, frost seeding relies on frost-producing temperatures. In the North, you likely still have a few opportunities, while those in the South might have […]

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