Shiny Updates to the Website Coming Soon!

The Bug Chicks - A site for parents, teachers and bugdorks. We are working hard behind the scenes to bring some much needed (and highly requested) updates to the website! This will include a fabulous new store for all things Bug Chicks and Bug Chicks Approved, just in time for spring and insects. It will also include a great new way to book us online if you live in/near Portland, OR and if you want to schedule a Skype ClassChat with us from anywhere in the world! We have been teaching a great deal and Kristie has been traveling, speaking and training teachers in workshops. We are currently developing a new course for people who want to become better outreach educators, especially with regard to CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT! It’s our special mojo (besides bugs). We are not rockstars at much, but we can manage a crowd and we can teach you the tips and tricks. Shiny Updates to the Website Coming Soon!
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Olfactory Overload by Bob Hill

‘Michael Lindsey’ I’ve been spending more time of late wandering our eight-acre landscape both because after 42 years here I keep finding old plants I too often overlook, and, more important, the chances are very slim I’ll find an aircraft carrier either on its way to Australia or North Korea. Gardening always provides some escape from reality – and at the same time connects us to who and what matters when the television is turned off. Such was the case earlier this week as I rounded a once-hidden corner of our place and spotted a tall shrub backed up against a hemlock tree in light shade. It was coated in tight whitish buds with a few opened to expose a circle of white petals with purplish centers. The whole area had recently been rejuvenated-by-chainsaw, adding more sunlight to what had been deep wooded gloom. My reward for that effort – witness the avalanche of white buds – was a 10-foot Calycanthus ‘Venus.’ ‘Venus’ is a stunner, or in this case a golf-cart stopper. Its specifi..
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A Message From Dan Lambe: Happy Arbor Day

Arbor Day Executive Message A Message From Dan Lambe: Happy Arbor Day By Arbor Day Foundation | April 24, 2017 It’s April – the month of National Arbor Day and the time to celebrate trees. Most everyone can agree that planting trees is important and brings positive benefits to our lives. Arbor Day is a break from all that is going on around us. Trees do so much for us. In our yards, they provide shade, reduce energy costs and increase property values. Along our streets, they reduce stormwater runoff that can carry pollutants to our waterways. Throughout our communities, they improve the mental and respiratory health, reduce crime, break up heat islands, create jobs and boost the economy. In our forests, they restore critical wildlife habitat, provide opportunities for recreation and maintain healthy watersheds to protect drinking water resources for millions of Americans. And no matter where they’re planted, trees are working hard to filter pollutants out of our air and w..
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