Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: The Last Flowers of Summer

The Hummingbirds still scuffle over the last failing flowers of the trumpets vines. Bumble Bees now feed franticly over the Asters and Ageratums, and the Monarchs still search out the Goldenrods on their long perilous migration south. The last flowers of summer, though fading, are not only critical to the lives of countless wildlife but […]

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: From Eagles to Eastern-tailed Blues and Osprey to Oak Trees It’s All Connected and Worth Saving

 The American proverb known as “Go big or go home” may be the worst idea when it comes to local conservation efforts. More often than not when local folks band together to try to save a patch of woods, meadow or pond they begin a frantic search for an endangered species, trying to recall sightings […]

Don Torino's Life in the Meadowlands: Gardening Like Life Depends On It

For generations home gardeners have literally changed the ecosystems of our neighborhoods and unfortunately not for the better.  Where once native trees, shrubs and flowers stood now have been replaced by plants from other places around the world, creating a false habitat; one that looks lush and inviting but in reality is insidiously void of […]