Category: Ilse Gebhard

Weeding Induced Meditation

by Ilse Gebhard, KAWO member That’s right.  Weeding, not weed, induced meditation. Wikipedia defines meditation as a practice of mindfullness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. Meditation may significantly reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and enhance […] Continue reading "Weeding Induced Meditation"

Monarchs Need Protection: Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones Can Help

by Ilse Gebhard, KAWO member In 2012 the national organization of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes, joined forces with Monarch Joint Venture and Monarch Watch to Bring Back the Monarch in an effort to save America’s favorite butterfly, the Monarch. The Bring Back the Monarch program’s goals are to restore 20 milkweed species to […] Continue reading "Monarchs Need Protection: Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones Can Help"

Reminder of a Failed Campaign

By Ilse Gebhard, KAWO member The number of monarchs at the overwintering sites in Mexico was at an all-time low the winter of 2013-2014. While insect populations can vary greatly from year to year, the trend for monarchs is definitely downward since consistent population measurements were started in the winter of 1993-1994. Because it predates […] Continue reading "Reminder of a Failed Campaign"