Progress Update 8/18/2017: Browse by Flower Color is back!

We have restored the Browse by Flower Color feature to our Plants section, which was a very popular feature from the old website.  It will allow you to see only flowers of a specific color to help you narrow down your search a lot faster.

You may have noticed that we’ve added an advertisement to the right side bar. Currently this website is generating zero revenue and we do actually have some operating costs. While we want to keep ads to a minimum, we are looking to recover some of our costs for hosting and development. If you find them to be a problem, we recommend you install an ad-block plugin in your browser.

You may have also seen our new article on Mushrooming in the Markets, which is a guide to various fungi you can find in Connecticut food markets and restaurants. We will be continuing to add new articles as often as possible.

We are currently at about 930 unique species and are continuing to add more almost every day. We still have a sizable backlog we’re working through.

What’s Next

  • We will put together a special section dedicated to foraging and wild edibles. That was a feature that was available on the old website and we hope to make it better than ever.
  • We will also put together a new special section dedicated to potential dangers of the wild such as deadly poisonous plants, poison ivy, etc…
  • A new section we will be looking forward to is recipes for wild edibles. (Such as pickled ramps, sauteed mushrooms, etc…) We will look to our audience to submit recipes and photos.
  • A new article on foraging in the local supermarkets.
  • And finally, we are going to work on producing some monthly reports that will help people know what to look for at any given time of the year.

There are also still a few minor bugs and formatting issues on the website that need to be resolved. We also want to make a few improvements to page layout to improve loading time as well as some additional navigation options. Simply put, we want the website to load faster and help you get to what you are looking easier.

What’s Happening Outside

It has been a relatively dry past few days but we got some nice rain today and I’m hoping to see a nice flush of choice summer mushrooms this weekend. I’ll be on the lookout for black trumpets and chanterelles which can be abundant this time of year. The forests should be full of mushrooms of all kinds so make sure you get out there for at least a few hours this weekend.

We are entering a great time of the year for summer insects, if you’re into that.  We get colorful garden spiders, butterflies, and beetles of all shapes and sizes. A great place to go hunting for insects is in the wildflower fields found any many nature centers including Earthplace in Westport and the New Canaan Nature Center. As you pass-by the flowers, take a moment to stop and look and see what might be hiding in there.

I posted this in the last notice but I think I’ll keep it here all summer:

This has been a particularly bad year for ticks unfortunately. Always remember to take precautions outdoors.  Wear socks, long pants, and use insect repellent, preferably containing DEET 40% or more. Always do a thorough tick check after being in the woods. Always shower after hiking. Check your pets for ticks regularly. And learn the warning symptoms of a potential Lyme disease infection (bulls-eye rash, fever, neck and joint pain, headache) It’s no joke this year, be careful!

-Mike

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