The SCA Legacy Trail is really coming along and the Weeping Cherry Outdoor Classroom is finally finished! (above photo shows finished classroom) Just a short walk from the trailhead, this space is intended to be used by visiting classes that are learning about subjects including forest ecology, ecosystems, and stewardship. We could not have completed this project without the help of our fantastic volunteers and Natural Resources crew. All that’s left to do now is to roll in some hefty stumps for seating!
Insect Hotels: A Place to Stay
Much of conservation efforts involve the restoration of native habitats; the SCA interns have therefore created an insect hotel to promote habitats for beneficial insects! A frame
of untreated wood with a sloped roof was created with the help of Duke Farms’ maintenance staff. Placed three feet off the ground, the insect hotel would be kept dry of rain and potential predators. The backside of the hotel is a clear acrylic glass panel which allows visitors to take an up-close look at the life cycle of insects living in the hotel. The empty frame will be stuffed annually with natural, re-claimed materials attractive to beneficial insects.
Insect hotels are an easy way to promote diverse populations of beneficial species (such as bees, ladybugs, and butterflies) within your own backyards and gardens. To learn more and make your own insect hotel, you can attend our class on building a bug hotel, or visit: http://www.urbangardensweb.com/2016/02/27/how-to-design-a-bug-hotel-to-attract-beneficial-insects-and-bees/. Much thanks to the maintenance staff at Duke Farms for their assistance in building and installing the insect hotel!
Photos by Karina Moy, SCA Intern. Text by Tesia Lin, SCA Intern.