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Urban Nature
by Nylen Rodriguez

s, which are often adjacent to larger wilderness areas. In other words, they are raised from within a natural area. Cities are embedded in the natural environment - the geology, watershed, climate and biodiversity in which they were developed.

We, the humans, are an intricate piece of the puzzle, and is our job to help maintain a natural balance. This natural balance is essential for the survival of all species, including our own. We often think about protecting the Amazon basin or the African wilderness, but perhaps we should start by looking around our own home or neighborhood. Water conservation, pollution reduction, and providing space for all living things is part of our job. Wonder how can you help?

• It’s very simple: reduce the amount of water used for lawn irrigation. Watering at night reduces evaporation too, saving you a lot of water.

• Reduce the amount of fertilizers used on your garden plants, by saving the clippings when you mow the lawn. A compost pile is easy and can produce better results than chemical fertilizers.

• When trimming the hedges, create a brush pile, it’s a good habitat for small birds such as wrens and sparrows. Don't forget it also provide shelter to other beneficial animals.

• A small water fountain in you yard, will help many birds find water during the warmer months, reducing the amount of energy used for that purpose.





Urban Nature

Hundreds of these Ring-necked ducks winter in downtown lakes in Central Florida where they get added protection and the occasional hand out.

Painted Buntings are welcomed visitors during the winter in many backyard feeders.
Photos by R. Munguia

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