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Travel to Costa Rica in 2015

Now that the weather has turned a bit cooler are you starting to think about your winter travel plans? How about an educational adventure in the tropics! Leave cold, snowy Wisconsin behind Jan 29-Feb 7 and join Susan Mahr, WI MG Program Coordinator, in Costa Rica to learn about warm-weather plants, nature and tropical ecosystems.  The registration deadline is only 7 weeks away – November 3.

To read more about the details of this fantastic trip, download the Costa Rica 2015 Registration Brochure.

Questions? Contact Susan Mahr at (608) 265-4504.


Fluted Bird’s Nest Fungus, Cyathus striatus

You have to look close to see these tiny “eggs in a nest”, actually the fruiting bodies of a fungus that grows on dead wood, including on bark mulch and wood chips used in landscapes.  The miniature “nests” are actually quite common in damp, shady areas in Wisconsin. To learn more about fluted bird’s nest fungus, read this article...

Using Manure in the Home Garden

Gardeners are always encouraged to incorporate organic matter into their soil. Manures are one good source that can also be used as a fertilizer. But the way that manure is treated and the animal it came from makes a big difference in fertility and how it should be used. To learn more about using manure in the home garden, read this article...

Cucumber Beetles

In late summer and fall, cucumber beetles – and similar corn rootworms – are common visitors to squash and cucumber flowers. They are not pollinators, but actually eat the petals, and sometimes the plant foliage. The cucumber beetles are important pests because they also can tramsit diseases. To learn more about all of these beetles, read this article...

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