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Pollinator Garden Plants and Practices

For millions of years, flowering plants have engaged in an intricate ecological dance, evolving to protect themselves from predators and pathogens while, at the same time, developing ways to attract potential pollinators–both important parts of the plant’s life cycle. Pollinators, too, have been tied up in this tango, a back and forth of creating and overcoming attraction and resistance, access and exclusion, which, over time, has pushed each other to be perfect partners in their biological ballet. Here, we explore the intimate connections plants and pollinators depend on for survival and how this understanding can enhance our own efforts when gardening for wildlife.

http://content.yardmap.org/learn/pollinator-plants-practices/

How the Ancestors of Birds Survived the
Dino-Killing Asteroid

Forest cover was crucial to avian evolution, a new study on the mass extinction event asserts.

Sixty-six million years ago, nothing seemed more unlikely than the dominance of bipedal apes and flying dinosaurs. Yet here we are.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ancestors-birds-survived-dino-killing-asteroid-180969167/

https://www.audubon.org/news/how-birds-survived-asteroid-impact-wiped-out-dinosaurs