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Song of Appalachia, called by The Nature Conservancy one of the three most important regions in the world for for tackling climate change and conserving biodiversity.

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Song of Appalachia, called by The Nature Conservancy one of the three most important regions in the world for for tackling climate change and conserving biodiversity.

    E37 Benefits of Healthy Ecosystems

    E37 Benefits of Healthy Ecosystems

    What is the value of an intact ecosystem? Why should somebody who is struggling to make ends meet in their land management change what they're doing? When will they reap the rewards and in what ways? Or what do they risk losing if they don't begin to pivot to more ecologically sound practices? This is the second post from my Appalachian Biodiversity series. Read or listen to the first post for greater context Episode 36 Appalachian Biodiversity.

    READ POST https://www.katymorikawa.com/benefits-of-healthy-ecosystems/

    LINKS:

    The Nature of Nature by Enric Sala

    Many sources: EPA, U.S. Forest Service, Sala, Martin and Watson, Malhi, et. al, etc. including as noted throughout the post https://www.katymorikawa.com/benefits-of-healthy-ecosystems/

    • 29 min
    E36: Appalachian Biodiversity

    E36: Appalachian Biodiversity

    This episode is based on a presentation I made to Sustain Floyd on Appalachian Biodiversity. It was my pitch for them to take on conservation and ecology issues here in Floyd, Virginia. I'm still recovering from the research required to make it. As I work to break it into manageable sized posts, I realize why I have not had the time or energy to post anything since August: The presentation contains at least five posts worth of content! So, this is only one portion of the full presentation. It covers Appalachian biodiversity as a whole and offers a broad overview of the ecological stakes. More episodes in the series coming soon.

    READ POST >> https://www.katymorikawa.com/appalachian-biodiversity/

    LINKS: 

    See the full slideshow presentation embedded in the blog post or online https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQCKHhqDKLbRyLXFGYjxkbtiKLesCp49uXQgRtyE6vRIxEjl0Huzd3fvlI6cPPCfDnr5pbHIhz1Xe_-/pub?start=true&loop=false&delayms=5000.

    TNC’s Priority Landscapes: Conserving the Appalachians: Hope in a changing climate https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/priority-landscapes/appalachians/

    TNC's Resilient Lands Mapping Tool https://maps.tnc.org/resilientland/ (Use password shown in the password box eg. Indigenous Land Password)

    Doug Tallamy's Homegrown National Park https://homegrownnationalpark.org/

    Benefits of Healthy Ecosystems https://www.katymorikawa.com/benefits-of-healthy-ecosystems/

    • 24 min
    E35: Out Hunting in the Evening Light - with Bats!

    E35: Out Hunting in the Evening Light - with Bats!

    Another pest/ally surprised me this month and has drawn me further into the life webs: bats! Cut to the chase: I'm building a bat house this winter. Or buying one and putting it up. Fingers crossed. We need to get a small population of bats out of our eaves. Michael is planning to seal up the crack they're getting into after they vacate for the winter. I'm going to find and apply deterrent fragrant oils. And I'm going to set up a better bat house--because bat populations are declining, and we have them, and they are keeping down the mosquitos that should have been eating me alive with all the rain we had the past month in our moist woods! This one has heavier consequences than the carpenter bees. I need to get this right, because...having a bat infestation is no joke! But they were also magical, during our encounter and I want to try. Along the way, I discovered a new bit of magic about some of the trees in our forests: sweet birches.

    READ POST/TRANSCRIPT: https://www.katymorikawa.com/out-hunting-in-the-evening-light---with-bats/ LINKS: Sweet birch, Betula lenta on wildflower.org https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=BELE  Betula lenta at Native Plant Finder https://www.nwf.org/NativePlantFinder/Plants/398 Merlin Tuttle's "Selecting a Quality Bat House" https://www.merlintuttle.org/selecting-a-quality-bat-house/  8 Scents that Bats Hate https://pestpointers.com/scents-that-bats-hate-and-how-to-use-them How to Build a Bat House (YouTube video) https://youtu.be/WPlkXifGJ9M Shop bat houses at BatBnB https://www.batbnb.com/shop Bat hanging guide https://www.batbnb.com/hanging-guide Bat house FAQ https://www.batbnb.com/faq Big brown bat. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 00:33, August 30, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Big_brown_bat&oldid=1101798043

    • 27 min
    E34: Remember the Ocelot

    E34: Remember the Ocelot

    Extinctions and endangered species are on my mind this week. Who have we lost? And what are we poised to lose? The monarch butterfly flutters top of mind, but so too the Franklin tree, the wood bison, and a small spotted cat I believe once used to hunt the forested mountains of Appalachia: the ocelot.

    READ POST/TRANSCRIPT: https://www.katymorikawa.com/remember-the-ocelot/

    REFERENCES
    Earth.org. (2022, January 4). 7 Most Critically Endangered Species in North America. Retrieved August 18, 2022 https://earth.org/endangered-species-in-north-america/.

    Ocelot. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:44, August 19, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ocelot&oldid=1101969778

    Wood Bison Restoration at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center https://www.alaskawildlife.org/wood-bison-restoration/

    Bison Bellows 52-week series by The National Park Service Biological Resources Division in Fort Collins, Colorado https://www.nps.gov/subjects/bison/bison-bellows.htm

    National Park Service. (2017, November 6). Bison Bellows: Back Home on the Range. Retrieved August 19, 2022 from The National Park Service website https://www.nps.gov/articles/bison-bellows-1-7-16.htm

    Franklin Tree, Franklinia alatamaha https://arboretum.harvard.edu/plant-bios/franklin-tree/

    • 13 min
    E33: When You Heal The Earth, You Heal Yourself

    E33: When You Heal The Earth, You Heal Yourself

    Last year, the Siberian American shaman, Jade Grigori, gave me a key shamanic teaching: that when you seek to heal yourself, you must heal the Earth, because we are the Earth. This short essay revisits some of that original conversation from May 2021, and shares some insights from my own issues with physical pain and its surprising responsiveness to my campaigns to cut down the Asian bittersweet vines strangling our woods.

    READ POST/TRANSCRIPT: https://www.katymorikawa.com/when-you-heal-the-earth-you-heal-yourself

    Jade Grigori, Curator of the Sacred https://jadegrigori.com/

    • 10 min
    E32: Native Pollinator Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers for Virginia and Appalachia

    E32: Native Pollinator Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers for Virginia and Appalachia

    Supporting native pollinators can be so much more than planting monarda and milkweed! It can be more than trying to create a wildflower meadow. It can be targeted at your own favorite species or cast a very wide net. This is a collection of high quality trees, shrubs, and flowers for supporting native pollinators in Virginia and Appalachia, for creating a unique garden, or just beautifying the roadside along your property (because most of them won't need any watering or care).

    READ POST/TRANSCRIPT: https://www.katymorikawa.com/native-pollinator-trees-shrubs-and-flowers-for-virginia-and-appalachia/

    LINKS (all links can be found in blog post):

    Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Resource Center (North America)

    NRCS Pollinator Conservation Resources https://plants.usda.gov/assets/docs/NRCS_Pollinator_PLANTS_Nov2021.pdf

    36 Deer Foods Every Hunter Should Know https://www.fieldandstream.com/story/hunting/deer-foods-every-hunter-should-know/

    Asters and goldenrod resources https://edgeofthewoodsnursery.com/asters-and-goldenrods and more info https://www.pressrepublican.com/opinion/cornell-ag-connection-asters-and-goldenrod-late-season-native-perennials/article_5b81d072-2603-5a51-814d-c8baaf608f4d.html and on goldenrod https://amcdv.org/goldenrod.html

    Robin Wall Kimmerer https://commons.bluemountaincenter.org/goldenrod-and-asters-my-life-with-plants/

    Inamine, H., Ellner, S., Springer, J., Agrawal, A. (2016). Linking the continental migratory cycle of the monarch butterfly to understand its population decline. Oikos. Retrieved July 31, 2022 from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/oik.03196

    Appalachian flowers with pictures: https://amcdv.org/octember.html

    Permaculture Orchard https://www.permacultureorchard.com/

    YouTube Channel for Stefan Sobkowiak (Permaculture Orchard) https://www.youtube.com/c/StefanSobkowiak

    Passionflower how-to article: https://www.tyrantfarms.com/find-id-harvest-grow-eat-passion-fruit-maypop-passiflora-incarnata/

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