Black Bears (Ursus americanus) in southeastern Alaska forage intensively on seed pods and male and female catkins
of Black Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa), often breaking many branches from the trees.
garden and its underplanting will without doubt warm the hearts of many at the National Trust's Plas Newydd, but this spring there is another new garden which has been inspired by winning more than hearts.
To control for slight size differences among branches, we calculated the proportion of long shoots and female catkins
from the total number of shoots in the branches (total shoot number = number of vegetative short shoots + number of short shoots bearing female catkins
+ number of long shoots).
And over all were broken-off catkins
of pussy willow.
Greene discovered the charlatan catkin
while studying insect-eating birds.
In the short-shoot experiments, we measured for each shoot: mass of leaves, total mass of the catkin
(when present), mass and number of seeds, mean seed mass, and percentage germination of seeds.
Some five reports of hazel catkins
have been submitted to the Trust's Nature's Calendar scheme, which asks the public to track the changing seasons.
Mr Lund said: "The Catkin
Way unit was an ideal acquisition for us as it has the potential to be subdivided into a range of units that can be tailored to meet specific occupier requirements, especially those with a need for craneage.
THE fourth annual sale of heifers from the Bailea Limousin herd of father and son Brian and Matthew Jones, Senny, Sennybridge, Brecon, Powys got the 2009 Limousin Sales calendar off to a strong start at Carlisle with the maiden heifer Bailea Catkin
selling for 22,000gns.
Picture: THE GARDEN PICTURE LIBRARY; BEWITCHING: Hazel catkin
The abundance of catkins
also suggests that it will remain cold with further frost and snow, as nature has provided extra food for the birds.
Trees are coming back into leaf with bursting buds and catkins
, snowdrops are growing and bluebells are blooming at the local nature reserve.