2018 Conference Schedule

Pollinators in Crisis: An Intervention Using Native Landscaping

Saturday November 10, 2018 



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

8:45 AMWelcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 AM – 10:15 AMKeynote Speaker – Heather Holm The Pollination of Native Plants

This presentation is a fascinating journey showcasing the development of different flower types and the presentation of floral resources to pollinators. Exploring the types of insect pollinators, their foraging behavior and the floral features that attract pollinators, Heather will provide many specific examples of how native plants are pollinated and what pollinator is most effective and why.

10:15 AM – 10:40 – Morning Break, Refreshments, Exhibitor Tables and Raffle Signup

10:40 AM – 11:40 AM Fayette Aurelia Nichols
Life Cycle Lore: Timing Is Everything

There are many more species of pollinators in our gardens than we may know. Their life cycles may only last a few weeks, or run throughout the growing season. Some are just 1/8″ long while some spread their wings 6″ wide. Which ones are most pervasive? And which ones, elusive?

A 15% drop in plant and animal species is projected for the Western Hemisphere by 2050 due environmental changes, urbanization and industrial agriculture. Biodiversity is one of our best defenses against these trends. The Xerces Society estimates that over 85% of the world’s flowering plant species depend on pollinators to ensure plant reproduction. But as the phenological timeing of things shifts, how well will our gardens sustain the life cycles of our pollinators?

This presentation looks at a variety of life cycles that occur in our gardens throughout the season, and examines how we can protect our pollinators against such environmental pressures. The better our understanding of pollinator life cycles, the better will be our ability to support these animals.

11:40 AM – 12:00 PM – Break, Refreshments, Exhibitor Tables and Raffle Signup

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Andy Stahr  Habitat Makeover: Adding Wildlife Value to the  Landscape

Our landscape is a complex environment whose parts are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole. Unfortunately, we are now in the midst of our sixth mass extinction of plants and animals as a half-billion year old planet, experiencing the worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Scientists estimate that 99% of currently threatened species are at risk from human activities, primarily those driving habitat loss,and the introduction of exotic species. Humans have the unique ability to directly affect the environment with our decisions and actions. As such, landscapes and gardeners today must consider the integration of plant species with both aesthetic and wildlife value in their gardens.

This presentation reviews the history of plant to wildlife relationships and introduces a tangible landscape wildlife value rating tool that can be used by participants to evaluate a landscape’s current wildlife value and plan for increasing said value through adaptive gardening.

1:00 PM – Raffle Winners Announced

1:10 PM – 1:40 PM – BONUS SESSION!!Jack Speer   Native Bee Nest Box Demonstration  

**Optional, stay if you want**

Native tunnel-nesting bees use holes in dead trees and hollow plant stems to lay eggs.  In residential areas where dead trees and stems are usually “cleaned up”, suitable nest sites are hard to find.  Learn how to construct simple boxes that will provide safe places for the next generation of these important pollinators, and an opportuity for you to observe, learn and appreciate them.


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