Bat Conservation International
Bats are unsung heroes and unjustly vilified. To learn more about their importance to the balance of nature and human economies, visit Bat Conservation International. The site includes general information about bats, plus frequently asked questions, things to do to promote bat conservation, how to install a bat house, how to photograph bats, and even bat poetry.
Favorite or New Plant
Whether you call them magic lilies, naked ladies, or surprise lilies, Lycoris squamigera provides a delightful addition to the dog days of summer with its 4-inch trumpets of pale lavender-pink atop 2- to 3-foot tall leafless stems. Native to southern Japan, magic lilies first appeared in the American garden trade in about 1880. In spring, magic lilies look like a clump of large-leaved daffodils, but without flowers, with the foliage dying away by summer. Easy to grow in any average garden soil in full sun or partial shade, the bulbs of magic lilies are available at garden centers in spring or fall. To divide a clump, dig the plants after the blooms fade in September. The best way to use them in the garden is mixed in a groundcover bed.