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What is YARDBIO?

Yardbio, short for backyard biodiversity, is a biodiverse garden consulting company that is managed by an adventurous naturalist and wildlife ecologist, Ros Johnson, PhD.  My expertise is in native bee ecology, and I have experience from the prairie wilds of northern Illinois to the wetlands of Florida and back again to the Bay Area where I gardened for 5 years near McLaren Park.  I want to help you bring small elements of nature (e.g. bee, butterflies, salamanders and birds) into your backyard garden. You can help support the natural diversity of the San Francisco peninsula and the Bay Area in your own backyard.

 A solitary bee on  Rudbeckia  (black-eyed susan).

A solitary bee on Rudbeckia (black-eyed susan).

 A green darner dragonfly nymph from a pond sample.  They can eat small fish as larval ambush predators, and then catch and eat flies in the air as adult dragonflies.

A green darner dragonfly nymph from a pond sample.  They can eat small fish as larval ambush predators, and then catch and eat flies in the air as adult dragonflies.

The yardbio challenge Results

Two yards were chosen in April from the 12 people who sent in photos, but only one yard developed into a project where we have just completed Phase 1.  For more information on the Buzz's Yard please see the photo gallery on the Yardbio page on Facebook. Thanks again to all who participated in the Yardbio challenge, and I hope that my photo-based questions and advice inspire you to keep helping the Bay Area's biodiversity.