Have you ever taken a close look at mosses? They’re simply elegant, and you can find them almost anywhere. They’re not that hard to tell apart especially with Ralph Pope’s moss field guide, so why not get to know them?
Why do leaves change color in the fall? I asked Bowdoin College Biologist Barry Logan that question. It turns out that the answer depends upon what color you’re talking about. Who knew that red acts like a leaf’s sunscreen?
Gender in humans turns out to be more complicated than we once thought, but gender in plants is pretty complicated, too. Plants can have separate sexes, like most animals, or they can be hermaphroditic — but in two different ways. Next time you pass a flower, check it out!
You’d have to really hate butterflies, beetles and bugs to spread insecticides all over your lawn. Take a closer look at the ingredients and cautions on the package — you may decide not to use it, and share your lawn with other living creatures instead.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you didn’t mow your lawn for a while? When I tried that, three dozen different flower species appeared, providing a banquet for insects and birds.