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Join us to learn about birds, pollinators and water quality and how to protect them in your own backyard!

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Each month we will be hosting one or two webinars on how to make your corner of the world better for your feathered, winged, and aquatic neighbors. Check back for more details on up coming programs.

Please feel free to register even if you can't attend. We will be sending a link to the recording to all registrants.

Our platform only allows 150 attendees, so please log in on time or a couple of minutes early to ensure you can get in. If you are unable to attend for any reason, we will send a link to the recording the day after the webinar to all registrants.

March 17, 2021: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife

Presenter: Char Little, Port Washington Garden Club

Description: "How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife" presents the compelling message from entomologist Douglas Tallamy's book "Bringing Nature Home". Char Little will explain how the choices we make as gardeners can profoundly impact the diversity of life in our yards and on our planet. Join us to learn how you can put this research into practice at your home.

Charlotte Little is a retired veterinarian, and a long-time member of the Port Washington Garden Club. She has worked more than 20 years restoring a prairie, and promoting native plants. In retirement, Charlotte volunteers at Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation and Educational Center, and is also involved with sustainable food production through aquaponics, at Port Fish in Port Washington. In her spare time, she nurtures her vegetable garden without chemicals.

Regarding the presentation: "How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife" presents the compelling message from entomologist Douglas Tallamy's book "Bringing Nature Home". He explains how the choices we make as gardeners can profoundly impact the diversity of life in our yards, and on our planet.

April 7, 2021: Small Plants, Big Impact

Presenter: Danielle Bell, Native Roots Design

Description: Think native plants are too tall and unruly for your yard? Think again! There are many native species that work great in small urban landscape settings that do not need a lot of room to grow and are respectful of their neighbors. Native plants are essential to provide the necessary habitat that native birds and pollinators need to survive throughout the entire year. During this presentation we will discuss native species that are a must for any size landscape to provide essential habitat for wildlife while being visually appealing to humans.

Growing up in rural Wisconsin, Danielle grew up exploring the natural world starting in the oak hickory woodland of her parent’s home. While working in the green industry and on restoration projects she noticed the disconnect humans have with our landscapes, especially in the urban environment. Danielle uses her experience from restoring native wetlands, prairies, and woodlands throughout Southeastern Wisconsin to inspire her residential designs. Her passion is to restore sterile turf monocultures into healthy, sustainable, diverse habitats that both people and wildlife can enjoy.

April 21, 2021: Questions and Answers about Native Plant Gardening from Ozaukee County Gardeners.

Presenters: Danielle Bell, Native Roots Design, Char Little, Port Washington Garden Club), Jill Kunsmann, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory

Description: Having trouble with clay soil? Deer eating your plants? Don't know where to start with native plants? Bring your questions to ask our panel! We will have a panel of native plant gardeners to answer all your gardening questions. No question is too basic or too complicated!

May 5, 2021: The Match Game – Learn About Wisconsin Native Plants To Incorporate In Your Backyard and…Possibly Your Front Yard!

Presenter: Lisa Oddis, Wild Ones- Menominee Falls Chapter

Description: Lisa Oddis will discuss the use of Wisconsin native plants, trees and shrubs as an alternative or addition to popular, non-native plants in our yards. We will explore some wonderful native plants that support increased numbers of pollinators which will then support all life forms in a most efficient way. Would you like to spend less time mowing your lawn and more time enjoying nature and the great outdoors? Would you like to be a supporter of biodiversity? What do you think about herbicides and pesticides? Let’s explore together!

Lisa Oddis is a member of Wild Ones Natural Landscapers, a non-profit, national organization that promotes education and encouragement for the use of native plants in our landscapes. Chapter President for seven years. A life-long passion for gardening and the outdoors, a steward for our natural world.

May 19, 2021: Seven Simple Actions to Help Birds

Presenter: Chuck Hagner, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory

Description: In 2019, researchers from seven institutions documented the staggering loss of nearly 3 billion North American breeding birds since 1970. That’s more than one in four of the continent’s birds gone in less than a single lifetime. Habitat loss and degradation are the biggest overall causes of the declines, scientists say. But other human-caused threats also play a role -- predation by free-roaming cats, poisonings, electrocution at powerlines, and collisions with windows, vehicles, communication towers, and wind turbines.

The scope of the losses is sobering, but history has shown how resilient birds are, and science has proved that conservation works. What’s more, the nature of the threats represents a silver lining: Many can be reduced by actions taken by individual homeowners. In this presentation, Chuck Hagner will explain how this fact presents each of us with a great opportunity: By taking seven simple actions, we can dramatically improve the state of our birds.

Hagner is the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Wisconsin and the director of Bird City Wisconsin. From 2001 to 2017, he was the editor-in-chief of nationally distributed BirdWatching magazine. He is board chair of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory.

June 16, 2021: Insects and Other Creepy-Crawlies: What's Bugging you?

Presenter: Kate Redmond

Description: Insects share the earth with us.  More than 85% of all species of animals are insects, and thousands of them live their lives below our radar, all around us.  What are insects and why should we care?  Learn about the variety, natural history, survival strategies, ecological importance, and beauty of these misunderstood creatures.  

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February 17, 2021: Our Birchwood Home: Lessons in Natural Landscaping.

Presenter: Bill Volkert, Retired from Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

Description: Bill and Connie have been living at their home on Birchwood Lake for over 35 years.  While disturbing the land to build their house, they have worked over the years to restore their land to a series of natural communities, including an oak-hickory woods, restored prairie and a wetland with natural springs.  They have removed invasive shrubs from their woodlot and turned a former cornfield into a native prairie and prairie nursery. Connie collects seeds from the nursery to grow in a greenhouse to establish new gardens and enhance existing ones.  She has obtained special permits to grow several state threatened species which now thrive here.  Over the years they have cataloged more than 650 species of plants and animals, including 207 kinds of birds, on less than 10 acres. This program focuses on their experiences in natural landscaping and land management and provides a range of examples for using native plants for both small gardens and managing larger areas of land.  Watch here!

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