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Check out our list of native plant sources for NW Ohio and SE Michigan

Find the plants that are native to your area using the Native Plant Finder on the website of the National Wildlife Federation. It allows you to enter your zip code, and then — get this! — it gives you a list of native plants ranked in order by the number of butterfly and moth species that use them as host plants for their caterpillars!

Clear Choices Clean Water Lake Erie - badge imageCheck out the Clear Choices Clean Water campaign to find out why natives are important!

Nature Scoop Newsletter – Toni Stahl works as part of a team of National Wildlife Federation volunteers to help the general public create wildlife habitat in their yards.

Gardening for Life by Dr. Douglas Tallamy

Why we need Monarch butterflies   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/sunday-review/the-year-the-monarch-didnt-appear.html?_r=0

Oak Openings Green Ribbon Initiative

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General information on the Oak Openings, a globally rare habitat and what The Nature Conservancy has labeled as “One of America’s Last Great Places.”  http://oakopenings.org/

Wildflower Information and Photos

Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center    http://www.wildflower.org/plants/

Native Plant Network     http://www.nativeplantnetwork.org/

Spring Wildflower guide from Metroparks Toledo

5-minute video about Oak Openings native plants done by Green Ribbon Initiative

Living in the Oak Openings guide — includes a good plant community photo section.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Database

Illinois Wildflowers

WO native plants are bird feeders

Native Garden Websites

The Meadow Project – information about “Hometown Habitat,” the acclaimed environmental documentary by Catherine Zimmerman.

Native Plant Convert – blog by Wild Ones Oak Openings Region chapter past President Hal Mann about his conversion from traditional gardening to native plant gardening.

Nature Is My Therapy – blog by Wild Ones Oak Openings Region board member Kim Smith. This link goes to a page summarizing articles about her native garden project.

Native Bees and Other Pollinators

Pollinator Partnership

Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees – a publication of the USDA Forest Service and Pollinator Partnership

Bee and Pollinator Books by Heather Holm – Pollinatorsnativeplants.com

Invasive Plant Info

Fighting Invasive Plants in Ohio  http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Portals/3/invasive/pdf/invasive_plants06.pdf

Garlic Mustard  http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/plants/garlicmustard.shtml

Miscellaneous

Root Systems of Prairie Plants – https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/il/plantsanimals/?cid=nrcs141p2_030726

Ohio Spring Wildflower Bloom Reports: http://naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/wildflowers

Recommended Reading

Bringing Nature Home — Douglas Tallamy

Sand County Almanac – Aldo Leopold

The Landscaping Revolution – Andy Wasowski

Urban and Suburban Meadows – Catherine Zimmerman

What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? – Tony Juniper

The Organic Lawn Care Manual – Paul Tukey

Teaming with Microbes; A Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web – Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis