Archive for November, 2015

  • Plant of the Month: Box Elder

    Nov 6, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Plant of the Month3,587 CommentsRead More »

    By Sue Smith Some people describe the Box Elder as trashy. That’s because it sheds, has suckers, often has multiples stems, is an irregular shape, is prone to wind and ice damage, and is often short-lived. Plus it’s wood isn’t especially useful. Some people consider it an invasive. And, indeed, it’s been introduced to parts of China, Australia, and Europe where it’s become invasive. But we can clean up that trashy perspective by further examination of the Box Elder’s importance. In riparian areas, Box Elder communities provide important habitat for many wildlife species. Many species of birds and squirrels feed on its seeds. In addition, insectivorous birds like to eat the insects and caterpillars that feed on the tree. Mule deer and white-tailed deer use it in the fall as a browse species of secondary importance. Woodpeckers and other cavity nesting birds find fine homes in its soft wood. Boxelder Bugs (Boisea trivittata) find this tree of particular importance. The nymphs of these bugs usually feed on the leaves, flowers ,and seedpods of the female Box Elder tree — hence the species’ name. They’re active throughout the summer, but we usually don’t notice them until they start sunning themselves on buildings. As cooler temperatures arrive in the late summer and fall, large numbers of adults move from the trees and congregate particularly on warm south-facing walls. The Box Elder is

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: November 2015

    Nov 6, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks6,081 CommentsRead More »

    By Peregrine Book Co. staff “Furiously Happy” By Jenny Lawson Do you know how people tend to ignore or avoid the things they find uncomfortable? Lawson does the opposite, proudly standing beside her diagnoses and emotions while not hiding or denying them. A truly beautiful book that will have you falling out of your seat laughing, while still learning a little bit more about mental illnesses and the social perceptions about them. — Emily “Sea Fever” By Sam Jefferson Here are the real-life adventures at sea that inspired some of the most beloved English literature of all time. A stand-alone nautical history as well as a companion to Melville and Marryat, “Sea Fever” evokes the salt spray, tar, rum, and gunpowder of the age of sail. — Reva “The Underground Girls of Kabul” By Jenny Nordberg I realized after reading “The Underground Girls of Kabul,” that I took my tree-climbing, dirt-rolling, pant-wearing childhood for granted. In so many communities throughout the world, girls and women are still seen as inferior. Nordberg highlights the lives of some families throughout Afghanistan who discreetly bend gender rules for reasons you may be surprised to read about. … — Emma “The Water Knife” By Paolo Bacigalupi This is the scariest book I’ve read in a very long time. In the southwest U.S. in the very near future water has been finally and completely commodified

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