Establishing and Maintaining a Prairie Garden
Although prairies arent native to the Northeast, prairie-type gardens can be created in most regions. The Establishing and Maintaining a Prairie Garden Web site from the University of Minnesota Extension takes you step-by-step through the process of designing, planting, and maintaining a prairie planting, including plant lists and seed sources.
Help Gather Information about Insect Pest
Viburnum leaf beetle (VLB) has already caused considerable damage to both native and cultivated plants, and researchers need help to determine the extent of the problem. To that end, Cornell Cooperative Extension has launched a Citizen Science appeal to residents in the Northeast. Participating is easy - just scan the Web pages for information and photos of the beetle, then keep your eyes peeled for the pest. If you find evidence of VLB, use their online form to send them the details. Adults emerge and begin to feed in mid to late summer, so its a good time to dive in and help out. For more information, go to the Citizen Science page: http://www.hort.cornell.edu/VLB/