Hi from National Wildlife Federation Habitat Ambassadors!

It's rewarding to see what creatures have found benefits from your yard. I watch for tracks in fresh snow before I step. Some common Ohio tracks can be seen on the Ohio Dept of Natural Resources Web site.

The Annual Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation native plants and fish sale.

Orders need to be in by 3/26. Order by mail or online.

Curious about organic lawn care? Try to find books at the library, such as The Organic Lawn Care Manual by Paul Tuckey. This flyer has some information on the left (corn gluten is organic) www.backyardhabitat.info - go to How Do I Do This tab and click on the link for Environmentally Friendly Lawn and Garden Care. Google the web for organic lawn care, here's a start: Ohioline OSU Extension Fact Sheet.

+ Nature 'Stuff'

- NWF's Schoolyard Habitat Guide and Lessons plans are now free online! Schoolyard Habitat Materials.

- National Wildlife Federation's CEO, Larry Schweiger, book "Last Chance" takes you on a journey of climate change discovery across the world from his perspective as a grandfather and a conservationist. See more at www.nwf.org/lastchance.

- Sat, 2/13, 10AM, Mud, Dirt or Soil?, Dr. David Barker, Inniswood Metro Park, Westerville, Scroll down at http://www.for-wild.org/chapters/columbus.

- Thurs, 2/18, Ohio Invasive Plants Research Conference, Connecting Research and Land Management, Indoor Adventure Center, Franklin Park, Columbus www.oipc.info.

- Thurs, 3/11, Central Ohio Stormwater & Erosion Control Expo, Longaberger Alumni House, OSU Campus, Columbus. Contact the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District at 614-486-9613 for information.

- Fri, 3/26, 8-4, Ohio Botanical Symposium, Keynote Speaker: Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of 'Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens', Villa Milano, 16730 Schrock Rd, Columbus. Register online at Symposium Registration before 3/22.

Thanks for helping backyard wildlife!

- From Toni Stahl