Last week we asked you to get to know the community participating in the Habitat Network. You may have browsed the map, found some nearby neighbors, or even joined a group. Your site shares some important characteristics with nearby sites: in particular you probably share an ecoregion.
Probably the best way to imagine an ecoregion is as an ecologically-based “Planting Zone;” and, while many people are familiar with their planting zone (4, 9B, or 6 spring to mind as examples) the idea of ecoregion might be new to you. Rather than just taking weather into account, ecoregions are built from a variety of ecological data that inform the character, plants and animals that inhabit a particular spot on the planet.
Visit this link and the Habitat Network will automatically tell you your ecoregion using your zip code. You’ll find a downloadable planting guide (compliments of the Pollinator Partnership). The webpage also has a bunch of other resources customized to your location (native plants, your county cooperative extension office, and even your classic planting zone (did you know these changed in the last 5 years based on USDA climate data?)). Read-up and walk away a little more connected to the ecology of your place.
Signing off from the California Coastal Chaparral Forest & Shrub Province to the Laurentian Mixed Forest Province,