How many of us were out in the garden last fall, watching the bumblebees nuzzling the aster and the goldenrod. “Other pollinators may be in trouble, we thought, but the bumblebees are doing just fine.” Well, they’re not.
What you can do to support native bee pollinators in your landscape. Video recording of the October 2019 Lisa Loftland Gould Lecture by Dr. Gegear. Native Plant list by bee tongue length.
Thanks to Dr. Steve Alm, Professor, Department of Plant Sciences and Entomology, students are conducting important research on native bees. Most recently is the work to survey bumble bees in Rhode Island. They are looking for citizens scientists to help collect data. Please see the flyer.
Native plant species are often recommended to provide optimal foraging and nesting habitats for pollinators and other wildlife. The growing demand for native plants, coupled with the horticulture industry’s desire for plants with unique characteristics, has led to the increased breeding and availability of native cultivars or “nativars”. But do native cultivars provide the same valuable habitat as the straight native species? Annie White will share her field research on this topic and discuss the complex benefits and challenges of using both native species and native cultivars in landscape design.
Annie White is an Ecological Landscape Designer and the owner of Nectar Landscape Design Studio in Stowe, Vermont. She is also a full-time Lecturer of Sustainable Landscape Horticulture + Design at the University of Vermont. Annie earned an MS in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin—Madison in 2005 and a PhD in Plant & Soil Science from The University of Vermont in 2016. She is passionate about designing cutting-edge and science-based ecological landscapes at all scales—from urban backyards to rural agricultural landscapes.
This lecture is underwritten by the Lisa Lofland Gould Native Plant Program Fund and cosponsored with the Rhode Island Natural History Survey and University of Rhode Island, Master Gardener Program.
Registration for this webinar is through University of Rhode Island Webex system. REGISTER NOW
Join Dr. Robert J. Gegear from UMASS Dartmouth for a workshop on what you can do to maximize biodiversity conservation in your own backyard by creating and sustaining pollination systems at risk of local extinction.
Dr. Gegear, who spoke at the Lisa Lofland Gould Lecture in the fall of 2019 about his research on the decline of bumblebees, and how citizen scientists can contribute to his Beecology Project, will lead this four-hour workshop on how to collect data on these species, take photos and/or videos of them, as they gather pollen from native plants, learn to identify them and note their behavior.
Participants will also learn how to assess the ecological value of pollinator and plant assemblages at different spatial scales, select native flowering plant species that maximize biodiversity, and hone their skills for contributing to the Beecology citizen science project.
The workshop will be in the meadow of long-time RIWPS member, Susan Marcus. Bring your lunch. We will provide iced tea, lemonade and water.
Rain Date. September 26, 2021 at the same time, 10 am to 2 pm.
Suggested resource: The Plight of the Bumblebee, article by Anne Raver about Dr. Gegear’s Lecture
Fee $25.00 RIWPS members, $33.00 for non members. Not yet a member? JOIN NOW
Limit of 15 participants
Join a conversation with ecologist Doug Tallamy, as he discusses his latest research and most recent book, Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard. RIWPS member Anne Raver will lead off with some key questions about Tallamy’s work over the past 20 years, including his vision for a Homegrown National Park, which could grow to millions of acres, if individuals exchanged at least part of their lawns and many of their nonnative ornamentals, for native trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses and groundcovers. These native plantings provide crucial habitat for many endangered species, including pollinators and birds.
But that’s only part of Tallamy’s vision: imagine connecting your yard with your neighbor’s, and on down the street, planting natives in the green verges along the sidewalks, on the edges of public playgrounds, in parks and countless other spaces now occupied by privet, yews, Japanese maples and all the other nonnatives that native insects can’t eat.
RIWPS members will have a chance to submit their own questions to Tallamy, a tireless speaker and educator, and longtime professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware.
Anne has followed Tallamy’s work, since she interviewed him about his first book, Bringing Nature Home, in 2008, during a visit to his 10-acre property in Oxford, PA, where he and his wife, Cindy were then battling invasive species and planting their first natives. (see interview)
Tallamy’s new website, www.homegrownnationalpark.com, summarizes much of his research, lists the most important native species to plant for wildlife, offers a collection of essays and videos, and includes an interactive map, in which you can register your own native habitat.
Register below to join A Conversation with Doug Tallamy. We ask that participants prepare for this conversation by familiarizing themselves with Doug Tallamy’s work, his books, especially Nature’s Best Hope, and watching one or several of his videos, available on Homegrown National Park ,which bring
to life the fascinating relationships between particular insects and the plants they evolved with through the millennia. (Tallamy loves photographing these weird and wonderful caterpillars, moths and butterflies, and his love for them is contagious.) He also recounts gardeners around the country, who report astounding rebounds in insect and bird life, as they transform their yards for native species. (One woman, observed 103 species of birds, including a woodcock, on her one-tenth acre, adjacent to O’Hare Airport, in Chicago.) A recent webinar for Penn State, not on the website.
Sumbit your questions in advance to communications@RIWPS.org
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