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POLLINATORS IN CRISIS: AN INTERVENTION USING NATIVE LANDSCAPING

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Village of Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center

2007 North Civic Center Way

Round Lake Beach, IL 60073

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Wild Ones 2018 Pollinators In Crisis: An Intervention Using Native Landscaping, 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.

Without the actions of pollinators, agricultural economies, our food supply and surrounding landscapes would collapse. The nearly invisible action of pollinators is a precious resource and unfortunately, is in great jeopardy. Pollinator decline is complex and has many contributing factors.

This year's conference brings together well known speakers who will share their up-to-date information on pollinators, native plants and the best practices for creating ecologically sound habitats.

Remember what Edmund Burke said "Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little" This conference will give you the knowledge of what YOU can do to support the pollinators in and around your world.

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

8:45 AM - Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM - Keynote Speaker - Heather Holm

THE POLLINATION OF NATIVE PLANTS

This presentation is a fascinating journey showcasing the development of different flower types and the presentation of floral resources to pollinators. Exploring the types of insect pollinators, their foraging behavior and the floral features that attract pollinators, Heather will provide many specific examples of how native plants are pollinated and what pollinator is most effective and why.

10:15 AM - 10:40 - Morning Break, Refreshments, Exhibitor Tables and Raffle Signup

10:40 AM - 11:40 AM - Fayette Aurelia Nichols

LIFE CYCLE LORE: TIMING IS EVERYTHING

There are many more species of pollinators in our gardens than we may know. Their life cycles may only last a few weeks, or run throughout the growing season. Some are just 1/8" long while some spread their wings 6" wide. Which ones are most pervasive? And which ones, elusive?

A 15% drop in plant and animal species is projected for the Western Hemisphere by 2050 due environmental changes, urbanization and industrial agriculture. Biodiversity is one of our best defenses against these trends. The Xerces Society estimates that over 85% of the world's flowering plant species depend on pollinators to ensure plant reproduction. But as the phenological timing of things shifts, how well will our gardens sustain the life cycles of our pollinators?

This presentation looks at a variety of life cycles that occur in our gardens throughout the season, and examines how we can protect our pollinators against such environmental pressures. The better our understanding of pollinator life cycles, the better will be our ability to support these animals.

11:40 AM - 12:00 PM - Break, Refreshments, Exhibitor Tables and Raffle Signup

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Andy Stahr

HABITAT MAKEOVER: ADDING WILDLIFE VALUE TO THE LANDSCAPE

Our landscape is a complex environment whose parts are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole. Unfortunately, we are now in the midst of our sixth mass extinction of plants and animals as a half-billion year old planet, experiencing the worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Scientists estimate that 99% of currently threatened species are at risk from human activities, primarily those driving habitat loss,and the introduction of exotic species. Humans have the unique ability to directly affect the environment with our decisions and actions. As such, landscapes and gardeners today must consider the integration of plant species with both aesthetic and wildlife value in their gardens.

This presentation reviews the history of plant to wildlife relationships and introduces a tangible landscape wildlife value rating tool that can be used by participants to evaluate a landscape's current wildlife value rating tool that can be used by participants to evaluate a landscape's current wildlife value and plan for increasing said value through adaptive gardening.

1:00 PM - Announce Winners of Raffles

1:10 PM - 1:40 PM - BONUS SESSION!! - Jack Speer **Optional, stay if you want**

NATIVE BEE NEST BOX DEMONSTRATION

Native tunnel-nesting bees use holes in dead trees and hollow plant stems to lay eggs. In residential areas where dead trees and stems are usually "cleaned up", suitable nest sites are hard to find. Learn how to construct simple boxes that will provide safe places for the next generation of these important pollinators, and an opportuity for you to observe, learn and appreciate them.

OUR SPEAKERS

Heather Holm - an award-winning author and nationally sought-after speaker spending much of her time passionately educating audiences about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them. Her first book Pollinators of Native Plants was published in 2014, and her latest book, Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide, published in 2017 has won her 5 book awards. In the past few years she has been assisting with native bee research.

Fayette Aurelia Nichols - Aurelia's prime interest is in the relationship between plants and their pollinators, and how healthy habitat establishment through landscape design can support their survival. Her research includes pollinator life cycles, especially that of Bombus affinis, the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee. She holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Northwestern University. Currently, she is developing pollinator habitat design for 5 acres of public land owned by the Northbrook Park District. She is a member of the Iler/CaraDonna pollinator lab group, a graduate level program run by Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden at the Daniel F. & Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center.

Andy Stahr - Driven by a spiritual passion for the outdoors and the environment, Andy is dedicated to the design and successful implementation of sustainable landscapes. Blending his award-winning design abilities with his practical understanding of our native plant pallet and systems in which they evolved, Andy bridges the gap between science and design in careful restoration of our natural systems. Andy serves as the Principal Landscape Architect and Ecologist for ecology + vision, LLC. He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois, is registered landscape architect in states of IL, MI and MO and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Jack Speer - Jack works with Small Waters Education, a not for profit organization based in northern Illinois to promote healthy ecosystems and connect humans with the rest of the natural world.




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