Below is a list of links to recordings of events of interest from our chapter and other organizations that took place earlier this year.
March 16, 2021 – Jumping Worms, the Latest Threat to Our Gardens and Wild Areas, Hosted by Wild Ones Twin Cities
Jumping worms are the latest invasive worm to arrive in Minnesota. They live in the top few inches of soil and alter soil structure and chemistry through their feeding and burrowing behaviors. Found in garden beds, mulch and compost piles they represent a threat to the health of our managed and wild landscapes. This will be an introductory level presentation on how to identify jumping worms, information about their life cycle, early detection and reporting. Prevention will be covered more in April and May, but tips for early detection and primary sources of how these travel is important. Jumping worms are spread through composting, horticulture, landscaping and bait. The overall goal of this project is to characterize the status of the jumping worm invasion in Minnesota.
February 17, 2021 – Improving Soil Naturally, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation and DuPage County Stormwater Management
Learn how to improve the health of your plants organically and avoid using chemicals and fertilizers on your lawn and plants. Speaker: Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Horticulture, DuPage/Kane/Kendall Counties, St. Charles, Illinois.
February 10, 2021 – Winter Bird-Watching at Home, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
Not all birds fly south for the winter. For some birds, this is “south”! Today, we’ll check out some frequent winter visitors to our bird feeders and talk about feeding strategies to get more winter birds to your feeders.
February 10, 2021 – Woodland Gardens, Hosted by Wild Ones of Northern Kane County and the Gail Borden Public Library
Valerie Blaine, Naturalist at Kane County, will show how to get started creating a woodland garden in the shady part of a yard. If you’re considering planting native plants in a shady portion of your landscape – or if you have woodland on your property — you’ll want to learn more about the woodland plants that thrive here. Some of our most beautiful early spring flowers grow in the shade of taller plants and trees. There are also grasses and sedges, ground-covers — and plants that bloom in a variety of colors — that grow easily in shaded areas. Our presenter, Valerie Blaine, has a yard in a forest. So in addition to her broad and deep professional background, she has first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to live with these lovely natives. Valerie will share her knowledge of how to plant and maintain a shady section of your yard, and how to work with your existing woodland.
February 8, 2021 – Invasive Plants, Hosted by Wild Ones of Northern Kane County and the Gail Borden Public Library
Corey Begalka, Zoologist, Naturalist and Restoration Specialist shows what invasive plants are and what to do about them before gardening season starts. If you’re thinking about how you might alter your landscaping, one issue that will pop up is how to deal with invasive exotic plants. Who are these backyard bullies? Why should we care? How do they make a difference? Corey will guide you through the whats, whys and hows of plants that are non-native and invasive in our area and address their impact on our ecosystem. He will identify some of the major culprits and what we can do about them. Whether in your own backyard, your local park or forest preserves, invasive plants continue to change the quality and health of our native plant communities.
February 6, 2021 – Getting Started with Native Gardening, Hosted by Wild Ones of Northern Kane County and the Gail Borden Public Library
If you’ve decided to add native plants to your landscape – or if you’re considering – it will be helpful to know some basics. Mary Alice will present information that can ease your transition into this powerful way of gardening. For example, how do you buy native plants? What do you need to bear in mind in making choices? What equipment do you need? What terminology will you encounter? What can you expect to be different when gardening with natives? By attending this session, you can learn from an experienced native gardener how to choose and prepare a site, which plants to use, where to get them, and how to care for them.
February 4, 2021 – Native by Design: Digging in to 2021 with Your Garden Plan, Hosted by Missouri Prairie Foundation
Join regional native plant experts and enthusiasts for a Q&A Workshop about planning your native garden. Get tips on how to lay out your garden, where to source plants, what to plant and when, and more! Speakers: Scott Moss (moderator), Christine Favilla, Charlie Pitts, Sarah Vogt and Trevor Bennett. Hosted by the Grow Native! Southwest Illinois Event Committee.
February 3, 2021 – Tackling Plastic Pollution in the Chicago Region, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
Leveraging the power of collective action, Shedd Aquarium is working with policymakers, restaurants, school and scout groups, community leaders and many others to reduce dependency on single-use plastic and tackle plastic pollution from every angle. Learn more about the problem of plastic pollution in the Chicago region and the Great Lakes, Shedd’s efforts to advance smart solutions, and ways you can take action today.
February 3, 2021 – MPF Webinar: Grassland Amphibians and Reptiles with Brian Edmond, Hosted by Missouri Prairie Foundation
Learn about the frogs, snakes, turtles, and other amphibians and reptiles that depend on grassland habitat, including prairies, to survive. Brian Edmond is an MPF board member. Trained in both information technology and wildlife biology, Brian works at Missouri State University and devotes most of his non-working hours in service to MPF and other conservation groups, and documenting native plant and animal life on his rural property and wild areas throughout Missouri.
January 29, 2021 – Debra Knapke: Eco-Conscious Gardening: From Concept to Design, Hosted by The Ohio State University Partners for Pollinators
Every age has its catchphrases. Today’s gardens are shaped by goals such as sustainable, regenerative, and eco-conscious. We are becoming increasingly sensitive to our impact on the earth and its inhabitants as we confront issues such as air and water pollution, soil degradation, and climate change. There is power in creating gardens that are based on ecological models, especially if they exist – or can exist – on your site. What are these ecological models? Join Debra Knapke as she outlines the process of understanding and then creating an eco-conscious garden. Eco-Conscious Gardening Notes Chat transcript from webinar Debra the Garden Sage website Books by Debra Knapke Recommended reading
January 28, 2021 – 2021 Environmental Summit: Using Nature to Improve Mental Health, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
Discover the impact nature has on our physical and mental health through programs, research and healing natural environments. Experts in their fields discuss and demonstrate what they are learning about the benefits of people interacting with nature.
January 27, 2021 – Little Campus on the Prairie, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
The history and maintenance of prairie and other natural area habitat on the campus of College of DuPage. In this talk, we will dive into the fascinating regional history of ecological restoration and prairie management at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Also included in this talk will be some tips and tricks for maintaining a ‘native’ plant habitat at home. You won’t want to miss it!
January 27, 2021 – I Saw A Bird with Audubon: Episode 16, Hosted by National Audubon Society
Welcome back to the first “I Saw A Bird” episode of 2021! Kicking things off is conservation and wildlife photographer, Faraaz Abdool, previewing his new book “Casual Birding in Trinidad & Tobago.” Then, for those who added birding to their list of new year’s resolutions, we have Tania Romero from the Audubon Center at Debs Park to guide us through some Birding 101 tips. And finally, with the launch of the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards, we take a deep dive into bird photography with grand prize winner Joanna Lentini and remember some of our favorite award-winning photos.
January 27, 2021 – Grow Native! Webinar: Designing with Native Plants with Ronda Burnett, Hosted by Missouri Prairie Foundation
This webinar will cover the basics of selecting native plants for your next project. Design themes, site programming, and maintenance needs will be considered along with physical site conditions, plant availability, and green infrastructure services. An overview of art and design principles will be included to help the audience visualize how native plants can be used to achieve any look in the developed landscape. Ronda Burnett has been a Community Conservation Planner with the Missouri Department of Conservation since 2005. She helps communities connect to nature and enjoy the enhanced quality of life made possible by healthy fish, forest, and wildlife resources. She currently serves as the Chair of the Grow Native! committee. Ronda holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University and a Master of Urban, Environmental, and Land Use Planning from the University of Kansas.
January 22, 2021 – Marne Titchenell: Enhancing Your Landscape for Birds and Other Wildlife, Hosted by The Ohio State University Partners for Pollinators
Songbirds, butterflies and other wildlife bring a dynamic joy to the landscape, especially in challenging times. Marne will discuss creating habitat for birds and other creatures, including use of bird feeders, bird baths, and nest boxes (bluebirds, wrens, chickadees). She will highlight favorite bird- and pollinator-friendly plants, the importance of adding dead wood to the landscape, plus how to best configure resources for garden visitors. Birds and other wildlife handout PDF Marne’s suggested reading
January 21, 2021 – Citizen Science at Home: iNaturalist and Wikipedia, Hosted by Greater DuPage Wild Ones
Peter Chen, a retired genetics researcher, software engineer, science educator at College of DuPage and long time Wild Ones member, focuses on two web sites : iNaturalist and Wikipedia – including the Wikipedia page for Wild Ones.
January 15, 2021 – Doug Tallamy: Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home, Hosted by The Ohio State University Partners for Pollinators
Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception. It is specialized relationships that provide our birds with insects and berries, that disperse our bloodroot seeds, that pollinate our goldenrod, and so on. Plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere. Tallamy will explain why this is so, why specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity of the local food webs that support animal diversity, why our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems that sustain us, and how we can use our landscapes to connect the isolated habitat fragments around us. It is time to create landscapes that enhance local ecosystems rather than degrade them.
January 14, 2021 – Native Shrubs for the Home Landscape, Hosted by Barrington Area Library
Native shrubs provide year-round beauty as well as food and nesting habitat for birds and pollinators. Join Sarah Michehl from The Land Conservancy of McHenry County for some favorite native shrubs appropriate for the home landscape, in partnership with Chicago Area Living Corridor Alliance (CALCA). Foundation plantings, privacy hedgerows, and species to feature will be covered.
January 13, 2021 – What’s Your Landscape Style?, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
What is your landscape style? Are your formal, natural, organized or in complete chaos? Join us to find out what your landscape style is, how to create it, and how to give your gardens that extra perspective!
January 6, 2021 – Mushrooms at Home, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
There’s a fungus among us! Do you have mushrooms growing in your yard? Do you want them? And more importantly, can you eat them? Learn to recognize common mushrooms you might find around your yard and even how you can have the fun of growing mushrooms at home!