It certainly feels like Spring has sprung in my little corner of Newcastle: garish daffodils of all shapes and sizes adorn the roadsides, House Sparrows emerge from beneath the slates of terraced homes and cool yet brighter mornings are marked by the fluted notes of Song Thrush and the caterwauling of returning Lesser Black-backed Gulls. […]

via Tales from the Urban Jungle #1 — James Common

ScienceDaily reports Many cities are introducing green areas to protect their fauna. Amongst such measures are flower strips, which provide support to flower-visiting insects, insect- and seed-eating birds. According to the first quantitative assessment of the speed and distance over which urban flower strips attract wild bees, one-year-old flower strips attract 1/3 of the 232 species […]

via How quickly do flower strips in cities help the local bees? — Natural History Wanderings

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve SNR reports Wildflower update March 4, 2020. There are many poppies and other wildflowers in bloom now. The warm weather has made the poppies bloom at a record pace. Fiddlenecks, slender keel fruits, red maids and forget-me-nots are also blooming several places on the reserve. Check the live poppy camera: http://www.parks.ca.gov/live/poppyreserve

via Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve SNR 3/4/20 — Natural History Wanderings