Archive for the 'Conservation' Category

Give to Orchids for the Holidays

Thursday, December 16th, 2021

Give orchids for the holidays, and also give to orchids to save them. Please join or donate to the essential conservation groups listed below, because orchids need our help. Worsening climate change, habitat destruction, pollution, over-collection of wild plants, and disappearing pollinators are all major threats. These organizations are trying to save orchids and all […]

Coast Redwoods Tower Over the Forest

Thursday, December 9th, 2021

I doubt that any photo of ancient Coast Redwoods can convey how massive these giants are. When standing before them in person, it’s impossible to comprehend their height. Looking up their straight trunks, and then looking up some more, you finally see the tree canopy against the sky. It’s hard to avoid straining your neck. […]

Wild Orchids Are Being ‘Loved to Death’

Sunday, November 28th, 2021

The allure of orchids inspires bad behavior from some, and sadly, the problem seems to be growing worse. In Australia, orchid lovers are sharing info online, causing lots of people to search for the flowers in real life. Social media has expanded sharing of location information, which leads to a crush of visitors. Plants are […]

Meet Three Australians Who Are Obsessed with Orchids

Monday, November 15th, 2021

Orchids can inspire obsessions and lifetime devotions. These three Australians are perfect examples, and have great orchid tales to share. Julian Pitcher braves poisonous snakes, stinging trees, and other jungle hazards to hunt for orchids in tropical Queensland. He studies and photographs rare species, and always promotes conservation. Check out his Wild Orchid Adventures YouTube […]

Orchidelirium: How a Modern-Day Flower Madness Is Fueling the Illegal Trade

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

All over the world, rare plants are being stolen from the wild, and from botanical gardens. London’s legendary Kew Gardens employs security officers and cameras 24 hours a day. Its orchids, however, need extra protection. Many are displayed in locked glass cabinets to prevent theft. The rarest aren’t put out for visitors at all. Spurred […]

Researching Fungi to Save Orchids from Extinction

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

Orchid seeds don’t carry nutrients. Instead, they rely on a specific fungus to supply food so they can germinate and grow. In the video below, Dr. Viswambharan Sarasan explains how this impacts Kew Gardens’ work to save rare British orchids. Scientists must collect fungi from orchid roots, take months to cultivate them, and identify which […]

Join the Slipper Orchid Alliance

Sunday, September 19th, 2021

If you love Lady Slippers, then the Slipper Orchid Alliance (SOA) is for you. This non-profit group is dedicated to conserving these incredible flowers, and educating everyone about them. Lady Slippers have a pouch, and include Paphs, Phrags, Cyps, Mexipediums, and Selenipediums. The SOA offers photo galleries, culture sheets, and a quarterly journal. Members can […]

How Orchids Act as Climate Indicators

Sunday, August 15th, 2021

Ecologist Jis Sebastian explains how orchids are useful tools to study climate change. Sebastian works in India’s Western Ghat Mountains. Many orchids live as air plants, or epiphytes, growing on tree trunks and branches. They thrive in mature, healthy forests. In the tree canopy, climate variations affect them quickly. The presence, or absence, of orchids […]

Good Practices and Bad Habits of Nature Photography

Monday, July 26th, 2021

There have always been irresponsible or criminal people who destroy the nature that they claim to love. Social media seems to have worsened that trend. Some are so focused on getting a popular photo that they trample over rare plants. Others rip out surrounding greenery to take a clearer shot. I’ve watched in horror as […]

Colombia’s Orchids for Peace

Saturday, June 26th, 2021

Colombia is a land of orchids, home to over 4000 native species. Cattleya trianae is the beloved national flower. Sadly, the country has suffered decades of violence and political instability. A fragile peace accord has started to heal the nation. Now, Colombians like María Luisa Hincapié and her family are hoping that orchids can help […]