2020 03 16 11 04 18 A Red Maple blooming along Terrace Boulevard in Ewing Township Mercer County New Jersey


You can do it.

It is easy, exciting, and good for you.

No one will judge you, but your success will show, the birds will know, and you can crow.

Landscape design and maintenance professionals can lead the way and make all their jobs (and clients) Two Thirders. Environmental organizations and clubs can make it a collaborative and engaging effort for their boards, employees, and members to join.

It is actionable, addictive, and joyous.

Plant Quest 2021 - Smart Plants for Midwest Gardeners

Date: 04/26/2021, 06:00pm

About this Event

(Cost: $15.00 per session or $60 for the entire series)

If you loved Plants of Distinction - you are going to love PLANT QUEST! With "Smart Plants" in mind, five dazzling presentations will be featured for gardeners with every type of growing environment. Nationally notable horticulture experts will provide career-long, plant expertise through a cavalcade of beautiful images, sure to inspire. And, this series is easy to access when it is most CONVENIENT for you! The ZOOM platform is user-friendly, and if you miss the live webinar, the recording will be available for you to catch up when you choose.

Technology Requirements: Below are recommendation for the optimal interactive online learning experience:

* A computer, laptop or tablet with the latest version of your browser

* A reliable, internet connection - broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)

* Webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USP plug-in

* Speakers and a microphone - built-in or USB plug-in

MSU Extension Michigan Master Naturalist Rouge River Region

Date: 04/23/2021, 11:45pm

About this Event

This program is open to 16+ youth and adults who have an interest in the great outdoors! Participants in the “Michigan Master Naturalist” program will gain a greater understanding of the natural environment and conservation techniques while learning the flora native to Michigan. Participants can take an active role in implementing what they have learned throughout their neighborhoods and in their own backyards. Throughout the program, local interpretive and volunteer opportunities may become apparent to those seeking to become active in their community.

Michigan Pollinator Initiative Webinar on Native Bees with Dr. Michelle Fearon

Date: 04/22/2021, 07:00pm

About this Event

Many of the key factors, including habitat loss, pesticide use, climate change, and increased spread of infectious diseases, that have led to recent honey bee losses are also contributing to broad declines in native bee biodiversity and population sizes. Native bees are surprisingly important pollinators of native plants and crops, and as a group they represent an incredible amount of diversity in the essential roles they play in our ecosystems. However, these interacting factors that contribute to bee declines can sometimes have variable impacts on specific native bee species depending on their flower specialization, degree of sociality, and other key ecological traits. Yet there is hope on the horizon with a recent study showing that greater pollinator biodiversity can help to reduce the prevalence of several bee viruses in honey bees and native bees -- an exciting finding that suggests that pollinator conservation can also benefit bee health.

Let's Learn About Invasive Plants!

Date: 04/19/2021, 05:30pm

About this Event

Join Patrick Scanlon (GiLLS CISMA) to learn about invasive plants that affect home gardeners. Patrick will not only cover some common invasive plants but will speak about how we can be responsible stewards in our own gardens.

This event is hosted by MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture in Genesee County.

On Belonging in Outdoor Spaces with Evelyn Rydz

Date: 04/14/2021, 07:00pm

About this Event

"Close Attention: Exploring a creative practice inside and outside the studio"

Exploring the vulnerability and the resiliency of natural and cultural ecosystems, Rydz invites viewers and participants of her projects to imagine a different future - one shaped by our connections and care for local and global communities.

Owls Up Close

Date: 04/11/2021, 02:00pm

About this Event

Join the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust and Farrington Nature Linc for “Owls Up Close,” a VIRTUAL program with the Eyes on Owls team! Naturalists Marcia and Mark Wilson will introduce everyone to six live owls up close and personal, followed by some owl call practice with a hooting lesson! Marcia and Mark will highlight the owls’ unique adaptations, habitats and behaviors in the wild, while sharing tips on how you can look for owls yourself.

Guaranteed to cure Zoom fatigue, the content and format are similar to their in-person presentations and just as engaging. All the owls are legally permitted by state and federal agencies for use in environmental educational programs. All ages friendly! A Zoom link will be provided in advance of the program. The show will run from 2:00-2:45pm, with a Q&A following.

Viewers may purchase copies of Mark’s book, Owling, signed and personalized by the author, by emailing eyesonowls@earthlink.net. Books are available for $18.95 + tax; $5.00 shipping.

You may email Alison, the event organizer, at Alison@naturelinc.org with questions.

Vernal Pool Virtual Exploration with Matt Burne

Date: 04/08/2021, 07:00pm

About this Event

In lieu of an in-person walk this year, Matt will be sharing his amazing photos and stories via Zoom. Come explore the ephemeral nature and complex ecology of vernal pools!

Matt Burne is an expert vernal pool ecologist and the co-founder and Vice-President of the Vernal Pool Association, a non-profit dedicated to the study, appreciation, and protection of vernal pools. Matt has authored (and co-authored) many publications, including Remote and Field Identification of Vernal Pools, Protecting Vernal Pools: A Model from Massachusetts, A Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts, and A Field Guide to the Animals of Vernal Pools.

There will be plenty of time for questions from the audience after Matt's presentation.

Tree Identification for Beginners

Date: 03/16/2021, 07:00pm

Learn how to recognize common Northeast trees by their shape, bark patterns, twigs, fruits, and seeds.

About this Event

On Tuesday, March 16 @ 7pm EST via Zoom, join Cary Institute Wildlife Biologist Mike Fargione and Dutchess Land Conservancy Ecologist Julie Hart for a forest tree identification program for beginners.

Wise forest stewardship requires familiarity with the woody plants that grow in your area, and the winter and early spring are great times of the year to learn tree identification! Without leaves on the trees, many other identifying characteristics are easier to see.

Participants will learn to recognize common Northeast trees by their shape, bark patterns, twigs, fruits, and seeds. Attention will also be given to invasive forest pests that threaten our trees.

The use of a simple identification key will be demonstrated and common botanical terms explained. With help from pre-recorded videos, participants will 'accompany' the presenters as they visit a local forest to identify trees in their early spring landscapes.

The program is free and open to all. There will be ample time for Q&A.

The event is sponsored by Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and Dutchess Land Conservancy.

Managing Pests while Protecting Pollinators

Date: 11/17/2021, 07:00pm

Taught by Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist at the Xerces Society
November 17 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm | Online via Zoom

Join Emily May to talk about how to manage pests while protecting pollinators in home landscapes. Along with providing flowering plants and undisturbed places to nest, home gardens also need to be protected from pesticides. This webinar will discuss some of the key pesticide concerns for pollinators, offer simple pest management tips for home landscapes, give you ideas of how to make your garden more resilient to pest pressure, and help you identify and respond to any pests that do arrive. Register today!

Michigan Beekeepers' Association & MSU Extension Fall Conference

Date: 10/29/2021, 12:00am

Contact: Ana Heck

Photo of honey bees in a beehive.

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension will co-host the Michigan Beekeepers’ Association Fall Conference, which will be held virtually October 29th-30th, 2021. Beekeepers and people interested in learning more about beekeeping, honey bees, and hive products are welcome to attend.

The Michigan Beekeepers’ Association celebrates its 156 years of serving Michigan beekeepers, and the association supports over 30 local beekeeping clubs in Michigan. Past conferences hosted by the Michigan Beekeepers’ Association have received over 600 attendees.

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact, Ana Heck, two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

All dates, times, presenters, and topics are subject to change and cancelation.Conference registration is not yet open. Please return to this webpage or the Michigan Beekeepers’ Association webpage for updates and conference registration information.

Gardening as an Ecological Tool in a Changing Climate

Date: 10/25/2021, 07:00pm

Taught by Evelyn Beaury, PhD Candidate in Biology at UMass Amherst
October 25 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm | Online via Zoom

The climate is changing rapidly in the northeastern U.S. in ways that are already impacting our way of life. This talk will cover how these changes impact our native biodiversity, and also how we can use gardening as an ecological tool to seed the ecosystems of the future. We will discuss how thoughtful choices about what we plant now can promote native biodiversity while reducing the spread of harmful invasive species. Register today!

Diversity is Resilience: Designing Landscapes and Corridors to Support Wild Pollinators

Date: 10/20/2021, 07:00pm

Taught by Evan Abramson, Principal, Landscape Interactions

Wednesday October 20, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:30 pmOnline (via ZOOM meeting).

CEUs Available - APLD, NOFA-AOLCP (pending)

Gardeners, landowners and landscape designers have a vital role to play in strengthening, expanding and enhancing regional biodiversity, ecological health and climate resilience. In public parks, conservation properties, farms, front lawns and backyard gardens, functionally diverse native pollinator habitat can serve as a building block for linking intact natural areas across a fragmented landscape. But what to plant, where to focus on first, when to seed or mow and how to measure the results? Evan will present a series of case studies from project sites across the region, all created specifically to support at-risk species. An interactive Q&A with audience members will follow.

Evan Abramson, M.Sc., works closely with project partners from non-profit, private and public sectors, on efforts ranging from regional corridors to site-specific designs. In 2020, Landscape Interactions was responsible for designing over 100 acres of habitat installed in the northeast, specifically targeting at-risk bee and butterfly species for each project location.

If you are interested in this program but are unable to join us on the 20th, we encourage you to still sign up! We will be recording the workshop and will make the footage available to everyone who has registered.

Wild Ones Presents ‘WASPS: Their Biology, Diversity, and Role as Beneficial Insects and Pollinators of Native Plants’ by Heather Holm

Date: 10/20/2021, 06:00pm

Participate in a webinar with Wild Ones Honorary Director, biologist, pollinator conservationist and author Heather Holm as she shares from her latest book, "A Guide for Eastern North America WASPS" which will help you better appreciate and understand wasps.

"WASPS" delves into how beneficial wasps are to humans, mainly insect pest population control and pollination. “This complex web of many wasp-prey and wasp-plant interactions helps ensure ecosystems remain resilient, diverse and balanced,” Holm writes. “If all wasps were to disappear, it would have a catastrophic effect on several trophic levels of the food web.”

A Discussion on Nature-Based Solutions in Cities

Date: 10/19/2021, 06:00pm

Maya Lin and Edwina von Gal, founder of Perfect Earth Project, address issues of climate change. Moderated by Sarah Charlop-Powers, Executive Director of Natural Areas Conservancy.

Join us for a series of free in-person Art Talks as part of Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest, currently on view in the park through November 14.

In collaboration with Fotografiska New York, the three remaining programs will include live conversations with Maya Lin addressing climate change and nature-based solutions.

All talks are held at Fotografiska New York, 281 Park Avenue South at 22nd Street and will also be livestreamed. Visitors must be fully vaccinated and wear a face mask while inside the museum.

Cecilia Vicuña’s Insectageddon

Date: 09/25/2021, 03:00pm

Our month-long celebration culminates in Insectageddon, a collective performance and call to action presented by artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña. The event addresses the devastating loss of insect populations around the world due to the immense scale of toxic industrial farming, pesticides, and habitat destruction. Insectageddoncelebrates the millions of insects that visit and make their home on the High Line every year. Vicuña uses the wild and lively landscape of the park to remind us of the importance of insects for maintaining our vegetal world, as well as all living beings that rely on plants to live.

This special event includes readings and performances, film screenings, art workshops, and insect-inspired culinary delights.

Insectageddon Partner Events

Date: 09/25/2021, 12:30pm

Insectageddon marks an opportunity for the High Line to collaborate with partners across existing networks and new ones to spread awareness about the critical state of insects today and raise up the practical solutions and a vision for species cohabitation already undertaken by so many of our green space partners. Partners include cultural spaces across NYC and members of groups including the High Line Network, Public Space Alliance, and Sustainable Gardens Project.

Garden Dialogues 2021: The Hamptons, NY

Date: 09/25/2021, 10:00am


All events will be subject to local guidelines on gatherings, including social distancing, wearing face coverings, and stay-at-home orders. Attendance is limited, not only to maximize the safety of those attending but to promote an intimate learning experience. If this event needs to be postponed to comply with local ordinances, registrants will be notified directly.

Plant Native Landscape Online Conference

Date: 09/22/2021, 12:00am


September 22-24, 2021


Tuesday 9/21 | Field trips in Kansas City metro area – 2pm-4pm Central
Wednesday 9/22 | 1:00pm-5:00pm CDT
Thursday 9/23 | 1:00pm-5:00pm CDT
Friday 9/24 | 8:00am-12:30pm CDT

Can’t join us live? Recorded sessions are available to registered attendees for one year following the conference.

Native landscapes are essential for a healthy planet. The 2021 Plan It Native Landscapes Conference, hosted by Deep Roots and its partners, will offer more than 20 live, interactive sessions, three inspiring keynote speakers, and opportunities to connect with peers and sponsors. Sessions will include expert advice for landscapes small to large, as well as a new track focused on effective communications, policy, and behavior change.

With a mix of live, online content you can access from anywhere, and in-person Kansas City field trips, Plan It Native 2021 is the best of both worlds!



Date: 09/21/2021, 12:00am



Asclepias tuberosa with Honeybee (Butterflyweed). Photo: Joy Cirigliano

Looking to beautify your garden had help wildlife too? We are happy to offer seasonal opportunities to get beautiful native plants grown right here on Long Island by Glover Perennials.


Submit Orders via email to: kathryn.damico@audubon.org or call 516-922-3200

Want to see pictures and info about our native plants? CLICK HERE (Please note, not all plants shown will be available at all plant sales. Refer to availability/order form for the current list when it is posted.)


Date: 09/18/2021, 11:30pm

An exhibition of New Birdbaths & Bee Beaches

Curated by Edwina von Gal & Evan Snyderman

Featuring Rogan Gregory, Katie Stout, Serban Ionescu, Hung-Chung Lee, Nancy Lorenz and John-Paul Philippe

Open Now through September 18 in the Springs, East Hampton, New York

R & Company and Edwina von Gal, landscape designer and founder of the non-profit organization Perfect Earth Project, present a summer exhibition of artist-designed birdbaths and bee beaches at Marcel Breuer's Marshouse in the Springs neighborhood of East Hampton, New York. The landscape installation will feature newly commissioned birdbaths by Rogan Gregory, Katie Stout, Serban Ionescu, Hung-Chung Lee, Nancy Lorenz and John-Paul Philippe. The exhibition is in support of the environmental initiative Two Thirds for the Birds launched by von Gal and Perfect Earth Project, and will be open for visitations by appointment on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 12PM - 6PM, from August 1st to September 18th.

With R & Company's Evan Snyderman, von Gal selected six sculpture-based artists to create birdbaths and bee beaches that promote wildlife habitats on the Marshouse property, which leads out to a salt marsh and the Accabonac Harbor. Von Gal's garden at the Marshouse is a place to experiment with the creation of models for beautiful nature-based landscapes that focus on native plants, toxic-free practices, and biomass management. While von Gal’s projects prioritize wildlife across the country, Two Thirds for the Birds is her call to action for us to come together and do our part for the birds.

Von Gal says, "It is a dream project working with R & Company's great artists here in the Perfect Earth Garden. It's a natural fit."

Reservations required. Make an appointment by emailing catherine@perfectearthproject.org.

Michigan Beekeeping Webinar September 2021

Date: 09/13/2021, 12:00am

Please join Michigan State University's Apiculture Team for our 2021 Michigan Beekeeping Webinar Series!

Dr. Zachary Huang will present on “Beehaviors by Zach":
Have you seen “washing board behavior”? Can you sing to the bees and make all the bees stop what they are doing? If not, come hear Zachary Huang talk about Beehaviors where he can show you videos and let you hear sounds bees make. Zachary has been studying honey bee behavior for over 30 years, and he will show you all the moves bees can make.

Sign up for MSU's Pollinators and Pollination Event's Newsletter. Visit our webinar page for information on Michigan State University Apiculture webinars.

All dates, times, presenters, and topics are subject to change and cancelation.

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact, Ana Heck, two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact: Ana Heck


Date: 09/01/2021, 07:00pm

A garden is not a wilderness. A native plant garden, like any other garden, requires maintenance to ensure that pesky invasives and unwanted exotics do not detract from its aesthetic and ecological purposes. Further, a native garden expects a very different maintenance schedule than a traditional rosebush or azalea. Weeding of invasive species is extremely important while your garden is establishing as well as after it has matured – but how do you tell a “native volunteer” from a “pesky invasive”?

Anthony Marinello, a permaculture and rewilding expert, presents this session on Native Garden maintenance for new and experienced rewilders alike. He walks us through the seasonal calendar, discussing the do’s and don’ts of caring for native plants, with tips and tricks for weeding out unwanted.

Anthony founded Dropseed Native Landscapes to give Long Islanders the ability to transform their piece of the island into a native plant oasis to sustain both humans and wildlife alike.

Natural Garden Fair

Date: 05/15/2021, 12:00pm

Join us for an afternoon celebrating natural landscapes! Featuring various guest speakers, locally-sourced products, a native plant sale, music, children’s arts & crafts, and more–learn from the East End’s experts on sustainable landscapes and how to attract pollinators to your own garden.

Located at the Southampton Arts Center at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968

On Belonging in Outdoor Spaces with Dr. Monica White

Date: 05/12/2021, 07:00pm

About this Event

Dr. Monica M. White teaches courses in environmental justice, urban agriculture and community food systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the first African American woman to earn tenure in both the College of Agricultural Life Sciences and the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Her research investigates Black, Latinx and Indigenous grassroots organizations engaged in the development of sustainable, community food systems as a strategy to respond to issues of hunger and food inaccessibility. She is the author of Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement (UNC Press, January 2019).

The Healing Power of Birds and How We Can Restore Their Habitats

Date: 05/19/2021, 06:00pm

About this Event

Featuring birding instructor and ornithological educator Holly Merker and landscape designer and Perfect Earth Project founder Edwina von Gal, this talk will delight bird lovers and gardeners alike! The discussion will focus on ornitherapy – the practice of observing birds to calm and ground oneself – as well as “Two Thirds for the Birds,” a new initiative aimed to restore their habitats using native plants.

This event is free and open to the public through the Southampton Arts Center, however you must register online at the link above prior to the event to receive the Zoom link.

On Belonging in Outdoor Spaces with Dr. J. Drew Lanham

Date: 06/02/2021, 07:00pm

About this Event

"Coloring the Conservation Conversation"

Dr. Lanham will discuss what it means to embrace the full breadth of his African-American heritage and his deep kinship to nature and adoration of birds. The convergence of ornithologist, college professor, poet, author and conservation activist blend to bring our awareness of the natural world and our moral responsibility for it forward in new ways. Candid by nature — and because of it — Lanham will examine how conservation must be a rigorous science and evocative art, inviting diversity and race to play active roles in celebrating our natural world.

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