Upper Delaware BioBlitz update
The final report and collection inventory spreadsheets for the 2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz are now available. The species count stands at 884, up from the initial results, with 123 "first occurrences" (the first time the identification of the species has been made and recorded as publicly accessible information for Sullivan County). Click here for the report and the data spreadsheet.
What are Native Plants?
A native plant is one that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without direct or indirect human intervention. We consider the flora present at the time Europeans arrived in North America as the species native to the eastern United States. Native plants include all kinds of plants from mosses and ferns to wildflowers, shrubs, and trees.
Why Plant Natives?
Because native plants are adapted to the growing conditions where you live, they are often easier to grow, require less maintenance such as watering, and are less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten to crowd out our native plant species. Incorporating native plants in your home landscape will encourage birds, pollinators, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
Platanus occidentalis, Sugar Maple is well known for its sap which is collected in early spring and boiled down to make maple sugar. This beautiful tree can reach heights of 80 - 100 feet. Sugar Maples have spectacular fall color, ranging from bright yellow to red-orange. Often the trees color unevenly, so green, yellow, orange and red can all be seen on the tree at the same time. Sugar Maples provide great shade and as such are desirable landscape trees.
Check out the Maple Harvest Festival at Shaver's Creek on March 21 & 22.
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May 2, 2015 - Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival
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