Why invasive plants can pose a risk

Identifying native or invasive plants can be challenging. Mitigating the damage that can come from the spread of an invasive species is a tough battle. Invasive species often spread and grow due to human behavior, like walking or moving firewood long distances. It can happen unintentionally when you’re outdoors or traveling from one place to […]

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How to help pollinators this summer

Could you live in a world without flowers, coffee or fruit? Thanks to pollinators, we’re able to enjoy these. Without them, we would be missing out on a lot of our favorite things — including food. For more than a decade, the pollinator population has continued to decline due to destruction of habitats, disease and […]

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5 ways to unplug during Screen-Free Week

Whether at home or at work, many of us spend a portion of our day behind a screen. For some, we spend more than 9 hours a day looking at our computers, phones or TVs. With screens of every kind becoming more prevalent in our lives, one has to wonder — what effect does this […]

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Let’s talk trash: Ways to reduce plastic pollution this Earth Day

Picture this: You sit down for a meal at a casual restaurant and order a beverage. Let’s say you order a soda drink. Your cup is most likely made of plastic — and the straw that comes with it? You guessed it: Plastic. After you’re finished, it’s thrown into the trash. Maybe it makes it […]

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Enjoy the Outdoors in Winter

Cold and winter weather often keeps us inside. At the right temperatures, that is certainly smart; however, it is important to your health and well being to enjoy the outdoors even in cold and winter temperatures. When we are stuck inside, germs multiply and are more likely to be shared. Getting outdoors into fresh air […]

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Conservation at Work

Years ago, ninety-five percent of North East Ohio was made up of dense forest and dominated by shade-loving plants such as Jacob’s Ladder, Mayapple, Virginia Bluebells, Wild Ginger, and Wild Geranium. Over time, non-native, invasive plant species began to make their way into North East Ohio, pushing out the native species and changing the biodiversity […]

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Laudable Lawn Care

“3-H Lawns”: Healthy for Humans and Habitats The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes has initiated a campaign to help individuals, families and communities create “3-H Lawns”: Healthy for Humans and Habitats. Did you know that 67 million pounds of synthetic pesticides are used on U.S. lawns each year? This is more than the agricultural industry […]

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How to Green up Your Home

The Green “Monster” Conservation. Environmentalism. Sustainability. The green revolution. Most people say they are concerned about the environment, but having an interest in it and doing something to safeguard it are important distinctions. In 1912, the Van Sweringen brothers designed the Shaker community as a garden-style suburb, a predecessor to today’s New Urbanist, transit-oriented, or […]

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How to Burn a Prairie

First, have a prairie to burn: Next, prep the equipment: Safety First! Suit up and protect the surrounding site: We have ignition! Burn fire to fire to maintain control. Somebody is having a liiiiitle too much fun: Be ready if opportunity strikes: This Red-tailed Hawk was drawn in by the smoke and was on the […]

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Top 20 Invasive Plants Found at the Nature Center

Myrtle (Vinca minor) Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) Glossy Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula) Common Privet (Ligustrum vulgare) Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) Bush Honeysuckles (Lonicera spp.) Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) Yellow Flag Iris (Iris pseudacorus) Porcelain Berry (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata) Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) Narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia) Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) […]

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