In the Garden | Leave some leaves | Gardening – Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

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In the Garden | Leave some leaves | Gardening – Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

As the magic of fall time fades into piles of leaf litter, many of us become focused on cleaning up the landscape before snow flies. Few of us are thinking of warm summer days filled with blooming plants and pollinating insects.

However, our actions right now during fall cleanup can have lasting impacts on the wildlife in our communities. As we neatly clean our landscape for winter, we are unknowingly removing highly valuable habitat for overwintering insects, and these tiny members of our global ecosystem are in some serious need of our help.

In recent years, the scientific community has observed drastically declining insect populations around the globe, making reference to an ongoing “Insect Apocalypse.” However, past public attention has been focused on larger, more charismatic organisms, such as penguins and pandas.

Conversely, the majority of biomass across global ecosystems resides in smaller animal life, such as insects, and they have proved to have
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