Northern Saw-Whet Owl 2 from Harold Stiver on Vimeo.
The smallest owl in eastern North America, it will sit quietly and let you pass within inches, without moving. These are from Amherst Island in Canada, a famous place for winter owls.
Goldenrod is a companion plant, playing host to some beneficial insects, and repelling some pests.
Inventor Thomas Edison experimented with goldenrod to produce rubber, which it contains naturally.Edison created a fertilization and cultivation process to maximize the rubber content in each plant. His experiments produced a 12 foot tall plant that yielded as much as 12 percent rubber. The rubber produced through Edison's process was resilient and long lasting. The tires on the Model T given to him by his friend Henry Ford were made from goldenrod. Examples of the rubber can still be found in his laboratory, elastic and rot free after more than 50 years. However, even though Edison turned his research over to the U.S. government a year before his death, goldenrod rubber never went beyond the experimental stage.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldenrod