Beyond the Feeder: Should we feed birds in the winter?

February 28, 2017

Helen Macdonald wrote an article for the New York Times entitled, “Why Do We Feed Wild Animals?” In it, Macdonald explores why we choose birds to feed over other animals, what it does for us psychologically, and whether this act is helping or hurting the animals. She argues that it helps us, but hurts them.…

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How to Build a Backyard Wildlife Brush Pile

January 14, 2017

Looking to make your backyard a little more friendly to nature’s creatures? With little more than some fallen branches and logs, you can provide shelter for birds, rabbits, dragonflies, and many other animals right in your own yard!   Materials: Branches, Logs, Stones, seeds/bulbs   Choosing your Spot: If you have a garden, you can…

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Don’t Ditch your Rain Barrels

December 19, 2016

This past week, the first snowfall finally stuck. While the air may be getting frostier, that doesn’t mean forgetting about your rain barrels! You can use your rain barrels throughout the winter to catch snow. As the weather gets warmer, the snow will melt and you can conserve water all through the winter. You can…

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Leaf Those Leaves Alone!

November 20, 2016

The cold weather has been kicking in… and kicking us into action on all the fall chores we’ve been putting off! But the good news is, you can put off raking those leaves a little longer. If procrastination alone isn’t enough to keep you away from those leaves, here are a few more good reasons to…

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3rd Annual Bar Stars Selects a Winner!

August 31, 2016

On Thursday, July 14th, Assembly Row hosted the 3rd Annual Bar Stars! At sunset on the rooftop in the balmy air, the restaurants of The Row competed for the title of bartender supreme. The contest brought the community together for a night of tastiness while raising money to support Groundwork Somerville and Project Smile! Each contender…

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Test your bee knowledge!

August 3, 2016

Test your bee knowledge here and see what you’ve retained!

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Where’d you get that honey?

July 30, 2016

Honey bees are the species of bees that belong to the genus Apis, which are the only kinds of bees that produces true honey — the kind we like to eat. Honey is made mostly of nectar and bee enzymes. As honey bees visit each plant, they are sucking nectar through their tongues and storing it in their…

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Bee societies: battle of the sexes!

July 16, 2016

 Some bees are solitary and some bees are social. There are many species of solitary bees, such as carpenter bees, which do not live in colonies, but rather, each female creates her own nest and raises her young alone (or sometimes with the help of her older daughters, in the case of the carpenter bee).…

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Name That Bee!

July 4, 2016

You’re walking through your garden and you spot a fuzzy little creature buzzing in the flowers. You know a bee when you see one, but have you ever noticed that not all bees look the same? That’s because there are over 20,000 different species of bees in the world! That’s a lot of bees! A…

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Cummings Foundation Grants Groundwork “$100K for 100”

June 7, 2016

Groundwork Somerville is one of 100 local nonprofit organizations to receive a grant of $100,000 through the Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. The Somerville-based community organization was chosen from a total of 479 applicants during a competitive review process. Groundwork Somerville is dedicated to creating a greener, cleaner, healthier and more equitable Somerville, focusing on providing food, jobs and…

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