What is the potential of our yards to support biodiversity and wildlife, while creating a peaceful refuge for us? Peggy will ask listeners to consider our landscapes to be essential for wildlife support. Do we want over-groomed lawns, or a feast for native wildlife? Learn about adopting practices in our yards that attract and support bees, butterflies, and the dozens of caterpillar species that bird populations need for feeding their babies.
Making Our Yards Pollinator Havens! Peggy MacLeod, Director, W. Mass Pollinator Networks
Tuesday, July 7, 7:00 PM
OR by phone - (929) 205-6099 / Meeting ID: 825 1543 5767
Are you seeing fewer birds and bees? Learn how to dramatically transform your landscape to support pollinators in stress from loss of habitat and food sources. Climate change and other environmental crises are depleting the diversity of species in New England. What can we do to respond? Larri's talk focuses on what we can do locally to combat the effects of environmental stresses on our forests and gardens.
Creating and Supporting Biodiversity in Our Landscapes Larri Cochran, Master Gardener, Landscape Architect
Thursday, July 16, 7:00 PM
OR by phone: (929) 205-6099 | Meeting ID: 880 9290 8307
Do we garden for pollinators effectively? Dr. Gegear’s talk will fascinate listeners and lead us to a greater understanding about plant and pollinator interactions. This knowledge is the basis for helping threatened bees by reframing how to create better pollinator habitat. Rob’s Beecology app has informed his research on bumblebees, and we plan to teach participants to use this app later in the summer!
What's the Buzz? The People-Plant-Pollinator Connection Dr. Robert J. Gegear, UMASS-Dartmouth, Biology Dept.
Thursday, July 30, 7:00 PM
- [August] Plant selection and garden design
(Amy Pulley, Wing and a Prayer Nursery, and Larri Cochran, Master Gardener).
- [August] Using the Beecology app, developed during the research of Dr. Robert Gegear,
UMASS Dept of Biology; learn citizen science while using the app.
- [Aug-mid Sept] How neighbors can work together to create pollinator habitat?
- [Late September]
1. Northampton Pollinator Toolkit: Five Habitat Design Templates for Threatened Bees and Lepidoptera. (Evan Abramson, Landscape Interactions)
2. Bulk orders for plants recommended in the habitat design templates