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Building Healthy Habitats Today for a Better Tomorrow

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Prairie Crossing Charter School

1531 Jones Point Road

Grayslake, IL 60030

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Building Healthy Habitats Today for a Better Tomorrow

Wild Ones 2017 Building Healthy Habitats Today for a Better Tomorrow Conference presented by the Lake to Prairie Chapter. Our chapter’s mission is to educate, which we do with our monthly meetings at the Fremont Public Library, covering a wide range of natural landscaping and environmental education topics. Bringing educators together in one place at this conference will provide a wealth of information for people new to the native plant idea and the practiced native gardener.

This year our conference is going back to our roots as a native landscaping group. A co-dependent relationship exists between the plant and the animal world – one cannot live without the other. The circle of life is only possible when our ecosystem is healthy. Through native landscaping, we can build a healthier environment to support the web of life in our own backyards and help restore habitats for the next generation.

Chief Seattle, a member of the Duwarnish tribe of Puget Sound Indians in Washington, said “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, but rather borrow it from our descendants.” This conference reminds us of his words and will teach us what we have to do, in our own landscapes, for a better tomorrow.

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM - Registration, Exhibitor Tables, Raffle Signup

8:45 AM - Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 AM - 10:10 AM - Keynote Speaker – Doug Tallamy, PhD

Creating Living Landscapes

We will not keep our ecosystems running if we do not save the creatures that run them. To save local biodiversity, we must increase the amount and diversity production of native plants in our neighborhood and corporate landscapes. But how can we create socially acceptable landscapes using native plants? Many people are concerned that natives are more prone to insect damage, are messy and not attractive, will attract vermin, and cannot be used formally. Tallamy will dispel these misconceptions and suggest ways to make your property a showpiece without losing its ecological function in the local ecosystem.

10:10 AM - 10:35 AM - Morning Break, Refreshments, Exhibitor Tables and Raffle Signup

10:35 AM - 11:30 AM - Pam Karlson

Birds in the Garden: Tips for Creating and Enjoying a Bird Oasis

Pam Karlson discusses landscape enhancements to attract resident and migratory birds to urban/suburban yards and gardens using native landscaping concepts. This photo rich presentation covers Chicagoland’s diversity of bird species, migration, habitat, diet, foraging and nesting.

Having documented over 110 bird species in her Chicago garden, Pam shares her photos of birds and pollinators enjoying the wildlife habitat she has created. Plant suggestions, water, supplemental feeding and citizen science will also be discussed.

11:30 AM - 11:40 AM - Short Break

11:40 AM - 12:40 PM - Native Landscaping, the Past, the Present and the Future

Bret Rappaport

Native Landscaping, the Past

Bret Rappaport will introduce us to the Godmother of the natural landscaping movement, Lorrie Otto. What brought on her passion and propelled her forward for more than four decades? Brett tells his personal story with this wonderful woman and where it led him and his family.

Karin and Klaus Wisiol

Native Landscaping, the Present

Wild Ones and the Lake to Prairie Chapter are going full speed ahead bringing the message of planting natives. Where did the Lake to Prairie Chapter begin? Wait until you find out the answer!

Carol Rice, June Keibler

Native Landscaping, the Future

A new organization has hit town! The Chicago Living Corridors, giving life to Doug Tallamy’s vision for habitat corridors. Carol and June will introduce us to this wonderful initative and how we can jump on the bandwagon and expand the corridors.

**Preview for our 2018 Conference** 12:40 PM - 12:50 PM - Fayette Aurelia Nichols

Creating Healthy Habitat for Bombus affinis, the Rusty Patched Bumblebee

An introduction to this awesome creature will give you a preview of our 2018 Conference on Pollinators. Learning how we can sustain the recovery of our first federally endangered bumblebee will help us to strengthen the populations of many other native pollinators.

12:55 PM - Raffle Drawing and Closing

2017 Conference Speakers

Doug Tallamy received his BS in Biology from Allegheny College in 1973, his MS in Entomology from Rutgers University in 1976, his PhD in Entomology from the University of Maryland in 1980, and his post-doctoral training at the University of Iowa in 1981. He joined the faculty of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in 1981 where he is now completing his 31st year. Doug currently serves as Chair of the Department and is also director of the Center for Managed Ecosystems.

Over the years Doug’s research has focused on various questions in behavioral ecology including the evolution of insect parental care, sexual selection, and plant/insect interactions. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. He has authored 78 research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, and the Conservation of Tropical Biodiversity.

Doug’s book “Bringing Nature Home; How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens” was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 silver medal by the Garden Writer’s Association. Bringing Nature Home has stimulated a national discussion about the need to share our living and working spaces with the biodiversity that runs our ecosystems. To this end Doug gives 80-100 nation-wide talks per year describing the essential role that insects and the native plants that support them play in ecosystem function.

Pam Karlson is a career artist, gardener, birder and Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation volunteer who has been rescuing migratory birds for over 13 years. Residing in Chicago, she co-owns Waxwing Studio, Inc. with her artist husband, Mike Edsey. Waxwing Studio specializes in design, illustration, gardening and landscape watercolor painting.

Bret Rappaport has a B.S. in Business from Indiana University (1983), a Masters in Rhetoric from DePaul University (2011) and a JD from John Marshall Law School (1986). Bret is currently a partner at the Chicago law firm of Hardt Stern and Kayne, and an adjunct English Professor at Dominican University where he teaches composition and sociology. Bret was Wild Ones’ first national president, and was a member of the board of directors for almost 20 years. Bret publishes and speaks around the country on issues of natural landscaping and weed laws. Bret lives in Deerfield, Illinois with his wife Jina. They have four grown children.

Carol Rice has been an active member of the Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee for about 30 years. She founded the group’s mentoring program and has managed it since 2005. More recently, she joined the effort to establish Chicago Living Corridors. Carol gives presentations to garden clubs, Wild Ones chapters and other groups. She also publishes an emailed newsletter.

June Keibler is a member of The Conservation Foundation, Conservation@Home and Northern Kane County Wild Ones. June has been volunteering in natural areas restoration for 35 years, as regional steward for Kane county for 8 years and as coordinator for Dundee Township Open Space volunteers for 6 years. She is retired from Witness Tree Native Landscaping, Inc., an ecological restoration company and is currently co-steward for Raceway Woods in Dundee.

Fayette Aurelia Nichols prime interest is on the relationship between plants and their pollinators, and how habitat establishment through landscape design can support their survival. Her current research focus is on Bombus affinis, the Rusty Patched Bumblebee. She holds a BA from University of Chicago and a MBA from Northwestern University. Nichols is currently working on a degree in Horticulture from the College of Lake County.

******Tickets may sell out for this event!! We had to change the venue because of flooding at CLC in June. We have limited seating so register early****


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