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November 3 Registration Deadline for Costa Rica MG Tour

Don’t delay in signing up if you want to join Susan Mahr, WI MG Program Coordinator, in Costa Rica Jan 29-Feb 7, 2014 to escape the snow and cold to learn about warm-weather plants, nature and tropical ecosystems.  To read more about the details of this fantastic trip, download the Costa Rica 2015 Registration Brochure.


Got Pumpkin Pie? Thank a Bee!

Pumpkins are a staple for Halloween decor, and in pies for Thanksgiving and other winter holidays.  There are many native bees that pollinate pumpkins and other squashes that are being researched as the domesticated honeybee continues to decline. To learn more about the USDA research, read this article...

Forcing Bulbs

When it’s white outside it’s great to have flowering bulbs indoors. It’s not hard to force spring-blooming bulbs, such as daffodils or tulips, as well as other tender bulbs such as amaryllis and paperwhites, for a welcome spring display long before they would bloom outdoors. To learn the basics of forcing bulbs, read this article...

Trichopoda pennipes, Parasitoid of Squash Bug

There are all kinds of flies in the Midwest. One interesting species is a medium-sized black and orange tachinid fly that develops in a number of true bugs, including squash bug. Although not really common, you may have this in your garden and not even know it! To learn more about this parasitoid, read this article...

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