Below is a list of links to recordings of events of interest from our chapter and other organizations that took place earlier this year. This page will be updated as new recordings become available.
April 21, 2022 – Attracting Hummingbirds To Your Yard, Hosted by Wild Ones Greater DuPage Chapter
We all love seeing these small, sprite-like birds visiting our flowers! Join us as Denis Kania from the DuPage Birding Club teaches how to attract hummingbirds to our yards. Click here to view the slides from the presentation.
March 17, 2022 – It Starts With a Raindrop: Planning Your Rain Garden, Hosted by Wild Ones Greater DuPage Chapter
Amanda Arnold of PlanIt Landscape Perspective, LLC shows us why rain gardens are great tools to manage stormwater runoff in your yard and how they create beautiful habitats using native plants to attract pollinators and other wild life. Learn why rain gardens are important and how to locate, design, plant and manage them.
March 16, 2022 – Bicycling with Butterflies, Hosted by Sierra Club River Prairie Group and the DuPage Monarch Project
In 2017 Sara Dykman became the first person to follow–by bicycle–the eastern population of monarch butterflies on their multinational, multigenerational, roundtrip migration. Sara Dykman shares her story of her 10,201-mile adventure from Mexico to Canada and back, on a beat-up bicycle, which was a call to action.
February 16, 2022 – Wild Ones Presents “Genetic Diversity/Plant Preservation” with Lifetime Honorary Director Neil Diboll with Matthew Ross, Hosted by Wild Ones – Native Plants, Natural Landscapes
This webinar discusses plant genetic diversity and the role it plays in our gardens, landscapes, and natural areas. The divergence between the goals of horticulture and ecology creates a conundrum for the modern gardener, especially those committed to the preservation of plant species and the organisms that depend upon them for survival. Speaker Neil Diboll is a Wild Ones Lifetime Honorary Director and Prairie Ecologist. Neil is a pioneer in the native plant industry and recognized internationally as an expert in native plant ecology. Neil has dedicated his life to the propagation of native plants, promoting their benefits and furthering their use and in restoration projects.
January 25, 2022 – 2022 Environmental Summit – “Building Climate Change Resiliency into Our Landscape”, Hosted by The Conservation Foundation
We are pleased to announce that our Keynote Speaker for the 2022 Environmental Summit is Doug Tallamy. Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. Doug won the Silver Medal from the Garden Writer’s Association for his 2007 book, “Bringing Nature Home,” widely recognized as one of the most important books of its kind. More recently, he authored another book, “The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees.” Doug will discuss simple steps that each of us can- and must take to bring about positive changes to the environment. The impacts of extreme weather events and evidence of climate change are continuing to grow. So too is our understanding of the challenges we face, collectively, but the good news is that none of this is inevitable if we start making changes in our own backyard. Building resilience — the ability to adjust easily to or recover from a stress or change — is an important step in preparing to successfully address current and future pressures.
January 21, 2022 – Lisa Olsen with Wild Ones: Cultivating a Community of Support for Native Plants, Hosted by The Ohio State University Partners for Pollinators
How do we marshal human and community resources to incorporate native plants into our gardens, parks and communities? Part of the Tending Nature speaker series sponsored by The Ohio State University.
January 13, 2022 – Wild Ones Presents “America’s Public Gardens: A Resource for Native Plants” with Matthew Ross, Hosted by Wild Ones – Native Plants, Natural Landscapes
Take a journey to several of the nation’s public gardens. From gardens that grow exclusively native plants to others that have worked them into their diverse collections, get an in-depth look into how public gardens can help inform and influence your design and maintenance practices.
January 13, 2022 – DBC Meeting: Vultures, The Private Life of an Unloved Bird with Katie Fallon, Hosted by DuPage Birding Club
The January 13th, 2022 meeting of the DuPage Birding Club featured Katie Fallon offering an intimate at vultures: often overlooked, underappreciated, and unloved, despite the vital role they play in healthy ecosystems. Worldwide, vultures are more likely to be threatened or endangered than any other group of raptor, but in the United States, Turkey and Black Vultures may be increasing in number. Based on Katie Fallon’s book, this fun (and witty) presentation will discuss the life and times of the noble Turkey Vulture, including its feeding, nesting, and roosting habits, migratory behaviors, and common misconceptions.
January 13, 2022 – Bees at Home: the Natural History of Bumble Bee Nesting, Hosted by Xerces Society
Bumble bees are among the best-studied invertebrates, yet a number of aspects of these important pollinators’ life history remain uncertain. One of these is the ecology of nest founding by queens in spring, and more broadly, behaviors in the nest. More than one-quarter of North American bumble bee species are currently at some degree of extinction risk, so we urgently need more information on how nesting biology impacts colony development and reproduction, and how a changing environment affects bumble bee nesting behavior. In this webinar, we’ll examine what is known of bumble bee nesting biology, and consider some unanswered questions about how cooperation and conflict structure the social lives and growth of bumble bee colonies. Along the way, we’ll answer questions about what queens are up to in early spring and how people can support bumble bees populations.