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


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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.

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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