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     Winter 2018/ 2019 Tips

     Native Pollinators


    Spring is around the corner and native pollinators will start emerging with the earliest flowers such as crocus and iris reticulata.  You can help them by put up native bee and pollinator house now available. You can find more information by clicking on the links for the Native pollinators information sheet or the house available.

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    Homes for Native Pollinators

    Native Pollinators Information Sheet



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    Many birds start nesting early April, so if you plan to put up a birdhouse you need to do so soon.  A selection of bird house is available at Ithaca Agway or you can find plans, placement recommendations and other information for many types of birds at Cornell Lab of Ornithology NestWatch .



    Lettuce Seedlings

    Lettuce Seedlings

    Test leftover garden seed for germination by placing 10 seeds between moist paper towel, keep seeds warm and moist in unsealed poly bag. If less than six seeds germinate, then fresh seed should be purchased. Onions and lettuce store only for 1 year.



    Old Fashioned Maple tree tapping

    Old Fashioned Maple tree tapping

    Maple sap runs best when daytime temperatures are in the high 30s to mid-40s and overnight temperatures are below freezing, usually the second or third week of February. Last year the sap ran 3 weeks early.





    Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s 2resources of particular interest:
    BirdCams of nesting birds

    Some free apps to enhance your bird watching experience are:

    1. Audubon Bird Guide which is a free and complete field guide.

    2. Merlin Bird ID by Cornell lab of Ornithology which helps you ID birds in 5 questions, or with a photo of a bird.

    3. eBird Mobile App that helps you track your sightings list, find birding hot spots and share your share your sightings with other.