2017 Conference Schedule

Building Healthy Habitats Today for a Better Tomorrow

Saturday November 11, 2017



8:15 AM – 8:45 AM – Registration, Exhibitor Tables, Raffle Signup

8:45 AM – Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 AM – 10:10 AM  Keynote Speaker – Doug Tallamy, PhD.   Creating Living Landscapes

We will not keep our ecosystems running if we do not save the creatures that run them. To save local biodiversity, we must increase the amount and diversity production of native plants in our neighborhood and corporate landscapes.  But how can we create socially acceptable landscapes using native plants?  Many people are concerned that natives are more prone to insect damage, are messy and not attractive, will attract vermin, and cannot be used formally.  Tallamy will dispel these misconceptions and suggest ways to make your property a showpiece without losing its ecological function in the local ecosystem.

10:10 AM – 10:35 AM – Morning Break, Refreshments, Exhibitor Tables and Raffle Signup

10:35 AM – 11:30 AM –  Pam Karlson

Birds in the Garden: Tips for Creating and Enjoying a Bird Oasis

Pam Karlson discusses landscape enhancements to attract resident and migratory birds to urban/suburban yards and gardens using native landscaping concepts. 

This photo rich presentation covers Chicagoland’s diversity of bird species, migration, habitat, diet, foraging and nesting. 

Having documented over 110 bird species in her Chicago garden, Pam shares her photos of birds and pollinators enjoying the wildlife habitat she has created. Plant suggestions, water, supplemental feeding and citizen science will also be discussed.

11:30 AM – 11:40 AM – Short Break

11:40 AM – 12:40 PM Native Landscaping, the Past, the Present and the Future

Bret Rappaport

Native Landscaping, the Past

Bret Rappaport will introduce us to the Godmother of the natural landscaping movement, Lorrie Otto.  What brought on this passion and propelled her forward for more than four decades? Brett tells his personal story with this wonderful woman and where it led him and his family.

Karin & Klaus Wisiol

Native Landscaping, the Present

Wild Ones and the Lake to Prairie Chapter are going full speed ahead bringing the message of planting natives.  Where did the Lake to Prairie Chapter begin?  Wait until you find out the answer! 

Carol Rice, June Keibler

Native Landscaping, the Future

A new organization has hit town!  The Chicago Living Corridors, giving life to Doug Tallamy’s vision for habitat corridors.  Carol and June will introduce us to this wonderful iniative and how we can jump on the bandwagon and expand the corridor.

12:40 PM –  12:50 PM –  Fayette Aurelia Nichols

Creating Healthy Habitats for Bombus affinis, the Rusty Patched Bumblebee

An introduction to this awesome creature will give you a preview of our 2018 Conference on Pollinators. Learning how we can sustain the recovery of our first federally endangered bumblebee will help us to strengthen the populations of many other native pollinators.

12:55 PM – Raffle Drawing and Closing


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