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Does hummingbird banding hurt the birds?

Posted by Becca on August 11, 2015 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The number of banded hummers is low. Hummingbird banding started long after songbird banding, so researchers don’t have nearly as much information on the tiny fliers as they do on other birds. According to the North American Bird Banding Program operated by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Canadian Wildlife Service, about 309,000 ruby-throated hummingbirds have been banded since 1960. By comparison, more than 30 million songbirds have been banded.


Banding is a useful migration research tool. Most of what we do know about hummingbird migration is because of banding. The data scientists have gathered thus far tell us amazing things. For instance, we know that ruby-throated hummingbirds follow the same migration routes every year. They also arrive at and leave from stopover points on almost the same date each year, within a few days.


The process does not harm the birds. Hummingbird feeders equipped with curtains, netting or cages are monitored, and when a bird visits, it flips a switch and the netting comes down or the cage closes. This is a more effective method for capturing hummingbirds than the large mist nets usually used in songbird banding.




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2015 Calendar of Special Events

Posted by Wendi Maertz on January 30, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

March 12 District V Board Meeting

March 26 District V Spring Meeting, Fairview Heights

April 22 Earth Day

April 24 National Arbor Day


April 29-30 Annual State Convention

May 12-18 N.G.C. Annual Convention, Louisville, KY

June 7-13 National Garden Week

June 13 Master Gardener Tour, Edwardsville

June 25 District V Workshop, St. Clair Co. GC

Oct. 8 District V Board Meeting

Oct. 22 District V Presidents Council, Granite City


Additional dates and events can be found at :

2014 Calendar of Special Events

Posted by Becca on March 18, 2013 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Special events 2014

March 13     District V Board Meeting

March 27     District V Spring Meeting, Trenton

April    22     Earth Day

April   25      National Arbor Day

April 27-28 Annual State Convention

June 1-7      National Garden Week

June 14       Master Gardener Tour, Edwardsville

June 26       District V Workshop, St. Clair Co. GC

Oct.     9       District V Board Meeting

Oct.   23       District V Presidents Council, Edwardsville Garden Club

Additional dates and events can be found at :

EGC Remembers Macie Crow

Posted by Becca on August 14, 2011 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Edwardsville Garden Club Remembers Macie Crow

The Edwardsville Garden Club is very active in the surrounding communities. While preserving the natural beauty of Illinois the club members enhance that beauty by maintaining numerous gardens in the area. Some of those projects are the LeClaire Band Stand, SIUE Pharmacy Garden, Eden and Relais Bonne Eau gardens and the Macie Crow Memorial Garden. August brings added focus to the Macie Elizabeth Crow Memorial Garden. Macie may have spent a brief seven years on earth but she is not forgotten.

On Saturday, August 13, 2011 the Edwardsville Garden Club began their meeting as member, Alison Lamothe introduced member M. A. Smith and the family of Macie Crow. As you can tell from the photo, Ms. Smith, presented the family with her exquisitely, hand-carved memento for the Macie E. Crow Memorial Garden. The presentation was a timely remembrance as Macie would have been ten years old on August 10, 2011. Edwardsville Garden Club is honored to maintain all gardens from the largest projects to the smallest and dearest. Members, men and women alike, continue to astound one another with the hidden talents of their membership. Members take great pleasure in knowing that their love of gardening can become so beneficial to the environment and so many residents of the communities they serve.           (Go To Photo Gallery for Pictures from the Event)

EGC President Wins an Award

Posted by Becca on August 2, 2011 at 7:49 AM Comments comments (0)

Daylilies and waterfalls result in awards for six 

The Edwardsville Intellegencer
Posted on August 1, 2011
by Bill Tucker

The daylilies, the waterfalls and the hanging baskets all played roles in helping six individuals earn G.L.E.N. Awards. Glen Carbon's Gardening, Landscaping and Enhancing Nature (G.L.E.N.) Committee announced the class of 2011 at Tuesday's village board meeting. Committee member Cathy Hicks discussed how the award winners are selected and gave brief descriptions of each property.

"Every year, we ask for nominations from the community so the homeowners are nominated. From these nominations, we plan a day, usually the end of June, and we go around to all of these homes and we take pictures and we judge them with a numerical judging scale and then meet and make our determination," Hicks said.

Wendi Maertz, 126 East Willow Bend, was the first award-winner recognized at the meeting. "If you go by Wendi's house, she has over 200 different kinds of daylilies – absolutely gorgeous," Hicks said. "The other thing that is very special about her property is that she has taken the time to label every one of them."

Rich and Sue Tallerico, 5 Equestrian Court, were also honored. "Their property has hanging baskets, flowering trees, lots of flowers," Hicks said.

Kip and Cindy Goff, of 38 Matterhorn, received kudos for the overall appearance of their property."I would have to say, you really have to take a look at their backyard. They've got a waterfall, a pool, they built a retaining wall along their lake," Hicks said. "They've got it layered, all of that is planted. It's absolutely beautiful."

Donna Brown, 20 Matterhorn, was recognized for her use of color in her landscaping."Donna also has a beautiful property. One of the things that attracted us to her property is that she took color with her flowers and coordinated that to the front and the back," Hicks said.

Don and Lorraine Strauther, of 515 Huntington, have the type of landscaping that's hard to miss, Hicks said."If you go by their property, the thing you're going to note is how well-maintained and how well-groomed all the shrubbery is. It's very unique," she said. "You can't help but notice it as you drive by."

In the outstanding landscaping on a business or commercial property category, the G.L.E.N. Award went to Jamie Wilkinson, owner of Miner Square, which is located at the corner of South Main Street and Collinsville Street."The islands are well done," Hicks said. "He's got a beautiful outside garden."

Glen Carbon Mayor Rob Jackstadt offered his congratulations to this year's award winners and encouragement to next year's entrants.

"I want to congratulate all our award winners tonight and all those other folks who got nominated but did not get the G.L.E.N. Award this year, but will hopefully continue their efforts next year," Jackstadt said. He also thanked the G.L.E.N. Committee for its efforts in maintaining the village's appearance.

"This is as good a time as any to publicly thank those members of the G.L.E.N. Committee who work year-round to keep the village of Glen Carbon looking so great," Jackstadt said.

Editor's note: Photos of the G.L.E.N. Award winners and their properties will appear in the Aug. 6 edition of the Intelligencer.

Hummingbird Facts and Information

Posted by Becca on August 15, 2010 at 2:31 PM Comments comments (0)

Illinois Audubon Society         See 2011-2012 Calendar of events for this year's Banding.

Hummingbird Fact Sheet

Species – Approx. 340 known species, 25 have been seen in U.S. only the Ruby-throated found regularly in eastern North America.

Smallest/Largest - Bee Hummingbird of Cuba, and the largest is the Giant Hummingbird of the high Andes Mountains.

Flight & Speed – Only birds who can hover and fly backwards, wings rotate in a “figure 8” motion, average flight speed is 25-30 mph. Male aerial courtship dives may attain 60mph. wing strokes can be up to 100 times per second.

Life span – After surviving the first year from 3-5 years, tracking some showed 10 years.

Natural foods – red, orange, bright pink nectar-producing flowers. (See list below)

Feeders – 1 cup white cane sugar to four cups boiling water. Never use beet juice, honey, red dye or artificial sweeteners can be harmful even fatal.


Males have ruby-colored throat (gorget), often smaller than females.

Females and young birds less than a year, are green above and white below.

Summer they weigh about 3 grams < a penny; ready to migrate increased weight to nearly 5 grams> a nickel.

Female builds the nest about the size of a half dollar, made from small plant fibers, bud scales and spider webs so it can expand as babies grow. She lays 2 white eggs that require 14-16 days incubation. They spend 2-3 weeks in the nest.

In Spring the birds migrate heading north and fly non-stop across the Gulf of Mexico, 15-20 hours to make this 500-mile trip. On their return trip they either cross the Gulf or follow the Texas coast to Mexico. Winter months are spent near the Pacific Coast in southern Mexico to western Costa Rica.

NOTE: They do not migrate on the backs of other birds.

OLD WAYS - In times past it was thought that feeders should be taken down in Sept. so birds would not linger here past their departure time.
NEW LEARNING: feeders are not responsible for delayed migration with some birds, so people are encourage to leave feeders out at least 2 weeks beyond the last sighting since this has assisted with the survival of many strays.



1. Clean feed often – everyday in hot weather. Spoiled water is harmful.

2. Mix your own using 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. No color. Bring to a boil. Only fill enough for one days use and refrigerate what isn’t in use. Clean feeders with soap and water and refill daily.

3. Do not use pesticides in your yard. Even a small amount of spray in the air can contaminate food. They also eat insects and spiders.

4. Better to have 2 small feeders than only 1 large feeder. Hummers are very territorial and will fight off even his own mate and young to have the feeder to himself.

5. Bee guards do not keep bees from feeders. Bees are not a problem till late summer. Place a saucer of sugar water away from feeders for them.

B E S T    P L A N T S    F O R    H U M M I N G B I R D S


Flowering crab


Horse Chestnut


Red Buckeye

Tulip Poplar



Beauty Bush

Butterfly Bush


Flowering Quince







Morning Glory

Scarlet Runner-bean

Trumpet Creeper

Annuals & Perennials:




Blazing Star

Bleeding Heart


Cardinal Flower


Coral Bells



Flowering Tobacco


Foxglove, Fuchsia

Gilia, Geranium

Gladiolus, Hollyhock

Impatiens, Lantana

Lily, Lupine

Nasturtium, Paintbrush




Red-Hot Poker

Scarlet Sage

Spider Flower

Sweet William (Dianthus)



Missouri Botanical Garden - Illinois Week

Posted by Becca on June 1, 2010 at 5:47 PM Comments comments (0)

Illinois Appreciation Week
June 6–12
Illinois residents receive half-price Garden admission (a $4 value), a 10 percent discount in the Garden Gate Shop, and a 20 percent discount off new or gift memberships this week.


Gateway Gardener Magazine

Posted by Becca on March 24, 2010 at 2:22 PM Comments comments (0)



Beginning with the April issue we are migrating the garden club information to our website with an announcement in the magazine directing people there. We'll get the revision up on that website. We invite your members to visit at, our sustainable gardening website at, and to join us on Facebook!

Thanks again.


Robert Weaver

The Gateway Gardener Magazine

MOBOT Complete Shade Gardening 2-27-10

Posted by Becca on March 22, 2010 at 3:59 PM Comments comments (6)

Garden Blitz – Complete Shade Gardening

Missouri Botanical Garden

Sat. Feb. 27, 2010

M. Dianne O’Connell


Site Situation and Considerations:

Under-planting trees with plants other than turf is an option that can be aesthetically pleasing and also beneficial to the tree.

In all instances, care needs to be taken to minimize disturbance and damage to tree roots during the preparation and planting processes.

Remember that the majority of the tree root tips that are actively adsorbing moisture and nutrients are located in the top 8 to 12 inches of the soil.

In an effort to disturb tree roots as little as possible, it is wise to plant small size container plants.

Do not roto-till the area under a tree in the preparation process.

To resist the temptation to raise the level of the soil under a tree canopy. In general it is best not to raise the grade over tree roots more than about 2 inches by bringing in topsoil or planting medium because this may hinder gas exchange by the roots.

Resist the temptation to plant anything within about 2 feet of the tree trunk since wounds to the bark of the main roots are open invitations to infection by fungal diseases.

Studies have show that young trees grown without turf beneath their canopies enjoy more vigorous root system and grow larger and faster above ground, as well.

A tree’s canopy density needs to be considered when choosing plant materials that will grow beneath it.

A tree’s shallow root system needs to be considered when choosing plant materials that will grow beneath it.

Keep in mind that tree roots will always compete heavily with whatever grows in their domain. Irrigation will be required to compensate for the competition.

The height of a tree and the height of its lowest branches will influence how tall the under-planting should be.

It is wiser to under-plant trees with perennial plants, rather than annuals, which require replanting every year.


P L A N T I N G   P Y R A M I D

Shade Tree

Understory Large Shrubs

Easy shrubs

Deciduous shrubs


Ground covers




Steps to planting under trees:

• Determine size of area, shape – use rope or spray paint as aid

• Remove any turf manually (or Roundup)

• Place 2 to 3 in. of mulch in area before planting

• Keep mulch away from trunk of trees

• Be flexible in plant design placement

• If a root is encountered – 2 in. or larger – move planting hole

• Spread a slow release fertilizer at planting time

• Water the site thoroughly and keep the area moist while plants are adjusting


Trees most tolerant of root disturbance

Crab apples




Kentucky Coffee Tree



Silver Maples

White Oak


Thuja spp. And cvs.

Malus spp. And cvs.

Ginkgo biloba and cvs.

Crataegus spp. And cvs.

Gleditsia triacanthos and cvs.

Gymnocladus dioica

Carrya illinoinensis

Populus spp. And cvs.

Acer saccharinum and cvs

Quercus alba

Salix spp. And cvs.



Shade Trees:
Common paw paw

Japanese Maple

Service berry

Red Buckeye

Fringe tree

Cherry Dogwood,Kousa Dogwood,& common

Asimina triloba

Acer palmatum

Amelanchier arbórea

Aesculus pavia

Chionanthus virginicus

Cornus mas, kousa & florida


Shade Shrubs:
‘Arnold Promise’ Jelena’ & ‘ Diane’

Vernal witchhazel

Common Witchhazel

China Girl & China Boy Holly

PJM Rhodendron

Dwarf Forthergilla

Fragrant Winterhazel

Itea ‘ Henry’s Garnet, ‘Little Henry’

Summer Sweet, Hummingbird, Ruby Spice

Smooth, ‘Annabelle’,Grandiflora

All summer beauty,Nikko Blue, Glowing Embers

Winterberry: Aftergrow, Aurantica, Cacapon,

Jim Dandy-male

Autumn Jazz,Cardinal, Northern Burgundy


Hamamelis x intermedia

Hamamelis vernalis

Hamamelis virginiana

Ilex x merserveae

PJM Rhododendron

Fothergilla gardenia

Corylopsis glabrescens

Itea virginica

Clethra alnifolia

Hydrangea arborescens

Viburnum dentatum

Ilex verticillata

Viburnum dentatum

Lendera benzoin


Variegated Solomon Seal

Crested Iris

Hosta – many varieties

Lenten Rose

Black Cohosh

Woodland Phlox

Creeping Jenny

Heuchera, Alumroot


Hardy Begonia

Wild Ginger

American Columbine

Bleeding Heart

Spiny Bear’s Breeches

Pumila Astible

Duetschland astilbe

Northern Sea Oats

Lady’s Mantle

Siberian Bugloss

Maidenhair Fern

Ostrich Fern


Polygonatum odoratum Veriegatum

Iris cristata

Hosta sp.

Helleborus orientalis

Acteas racemosa

Phlox divaricata

Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’

Heuchera orientalis

Convallaria majalis

Begonia grandis

Asarum canadense

Aquilegia Canadensis

Dicentra spectabilis

Acanthus spinosus

Astilbe chinensis ‘Pumila

Astilbe japonica Deutschland

Chasmanthium latifolium

Alchemilla mollis

Brunnera macrophylla

Adiantum pedatum

Matteuccia struthiopteris


Shell Ginger
Angel-wing Begonia
Sultana Impatiens - Busy-lizzy
Persian shield
Wishbone Flower

Alpinia zerumbet

Begonia x argenteoguttata

Caladium x hortulanum

Impatiens walleriana

Strobilanthes dyeranus

Torenia fournieri

Solenostemon scutellarioides


Moonflower Vine

Climbing Hydrangea

Clematis sp.

Ipomoea alba

Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris


Organic Grown Vegetables

Posted by Becca on March 20, 2010 at 10:18 AM Comments comments (1)

Organic Grown Vegetables

by Brett Palmier


Biver Farms is a organic farm located in Edwardsville, Illinois. We have operated a CSA since 1996.

Organically grown food is free from exposure to harmful chemicals, but that is only one small part of what organic is about. It’s also the health of the soil and the ecosystems in which crops and livestock are raised.

Organic agriculture is born from the idea that a healthy environment significantly benefits crops and the health of those consuming them.

In addition, organic practices are also viable in the long term, since they are efficient in their use of resources, and do not damage the environment and local communities like large scale "chemical agriculture" does.

Organic gardening means growing plants without the aid of synthetics. a method of gardening that uses organic fertilizers, compost, beneficial insects, and other environmentally-friendly gardening practices.

Brett pointed out that it is incredible to see the changes that have occurred in the past thirteen years as for as industries response to organic methods. There are more and more fungicides and the like that are acceptable for organic growing than ever before. There has been a real drive to create the products for the type of growing we do.

On the subject of soil fertility, Brett asked how many use a “cover crop” method? What is meant by cover crop is any plant grown without the intent to take to harvest. Items they use at Biver Farm are

Leguminous cover crops, such as vetch and red or white clover, add nitrogen to the soil, or Non-leguminous ones, such as wheat and ryegrass, are preferred on erosive soils and early-planted grain crops. You really don’t have to worry about the roots since usually in less than six months growth will be the life of the plants because then you will turn it over.

Manures and other organic fertilizers have been used for thousands of years and are still valuable for enriching soil. Fertilizing presents two problems: Where to get the fertilizer and how much to apply. To make your soil strong and viable cattle manure from horses and cows would be beneficial. The issues this proposes are who has the cattle for you? Do you have to do the cleaning out and hauling away?

As for some other problems you face they may be water related, or fungal issues.

Watering your vegetable garden is different when you first plant it than when you get it going. The first thing you do when you begin your vegetable garden is get the soil ready and plant your seeds. These seeds need a lot of water to germinate. Water your vegetable garden frequently being sure to keep the ground moist until you see your vegetables start to grow and break through the soil. After they begin to grow, you can start watering them less.

Vegetable plants need 1 - 2 inches of water each week especially from mid June to mid August. Too little water will not let plant roots grow deep and strong enough to gather nutrients for good growth. Too much water will saturate the soil, not allowing the plant air and space needed to grow. For best results it is important to know how much water your plants are getting. Observe your vegetables, get to know your soil conditions.Want to know how much water your garden gets? Place a few tin cans in different areas of your garden, as it rains or you water regularly see how much is in the cans.

Some plants ( lettuce, spinach, salad greens, swiss chard ) like to be sprayed to stay cool. Other plants are adversely affected by overhead watering ( tomatoes, squash, carrots ) because the water can cause fungus and disease on the leaves. Still other plants have such large leaves that overhead watering does not allow enough water to get to the roots broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower ).

When is the best time to water? Before 11am or after 4pm. Let plants dry off before dark so they are less likely to get fungus or disease.

When we have insect problems on vegetable plants Brett discussed Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) an insecticide with unusual properties that make it useful for pest control in certain situations. Bt is a naturally occurring bacterium common in soils throughout the world. Several strains can infect and kill insects. Because of this property, Bt has been developed for insect control. When you add moisture, It can be used on broccoli worms. It’s a bacteria and if it is kept dry in a dark place it can survive for years. Brett suggests perform applications at night time.

Community Supported Agriculture

Thinking about signing up for a CSA but want to learn more about the idea before you commit? Read on. Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season

Schedule and Location:

Clayton Farmers Market 8:30-12:30 Saturdays

Tower Grove Park Market 8:30 - 12:30 Saturdays

Edwardsville Farmers Market 8:00-12:00 Saturdays

Maplewood Farmers Market 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wed


Upcoming Events

Saturday, Oct 14 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, Oct 26 at 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday, Oct 28 at 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 11 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM