Humans have far fewer offspring and our young take much longer to mature. The survival, or even the thriving, of only a subset, is not acceptable. The No Child Left Behind Act in 2001 demonstrates this widely held belief.
One summer when I was young, I was lucky enough to have an Uncle who allowed me to spend the days with him at work, and in the evenings we went hunting and fishing. The lessons I learned had far more impact than anything I ever learned in a classroom. I remember my Aunt saying, "More is caught than taught". This experience makes me question whether organizing our children in indoor classrooms, by age, is really the optimal method of education.
I have no doubt that the last year has been incredibly challenging for parents with children. On the other hand, I wonder if their children may one day realize that having this time with their parents was the peak of their childhood education.
1) Learn and leave established native flora undisturbed.2) Remove invasive species and then wait to see if native plants begin to grow without assistance. (If natives plants start on their own, then these plants or trees are likely the most appropriate flora for the habitat.)3) Scatter seeds from nearby native plants in a similar habitat.4) If you feel you must add a new plant then select a native plant while considering how the plant fits with the specific habitat and understanding the plant's logical place in the normal succession of native plants.
My intention in my weekly post is to include at least one photo each week and visually challenge us to know the difference between native and non-native lifeforms.
Also, Jane Lundin has created a small package, with a lot of critical information that looks quite handy, and light, for backpacking in the mountains in Springtime. It is titled, Mountain Wildflowers of Washington.)
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