List of 2020-21 Talks

Links to video recordings are below

"Pollinator Corridors for Northampton’s Neighborhoods" was supported
New England Grassroots Environmental Fund

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Peggy MacLeod explains the Northampton Pollinator Neighborhoods project started in 2020.  To bring at-risk pollinators back to thriving populations, we must manage our own yards organically and with native plantings.  Our plantings will connect parks and preserves, creating crucial corridors for wildlife. 


More information about this project can be found at

Presentation video -

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Designing Biodiversity: Strategies for Pollinator Habitat Creation in Northampton, with Evan Abramson    2-10-21

Pollinate Northampton! - the name of our project - is all about planting trees, shrubs, and flowers/grasses across the city that are preferred by at-risk wild bees and lepidoptera in Northampton and lower elevation areas of the Connecticut River Valley.  The Toolkits were designed by Evan Abramson of Landscape Interactions, based upon the research of Dr. Robert Gegear of UMASS/Dartmouth, Scientific Consultant at Landscape Interactions and Founder/Director of the Beecology Project for citizen science.  

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Rethinking Our Yards as Pollinator Havens 

Have you ever wanted to attract more butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to visit your flower garden?


This presentation by Peggy MacLeod of Western Mass Pollinator Networks explains the use of the principles of plant selection to increase the variety and numbers of pollinators in your yard.


Whats The Buzz? The people-plant-pollinator connection
Dr. Rob Gegear, UMASS-Dartmouth, Biology

Could we make our pollinator habitats more ecologically effective?  Dr. Gegear gives us a much more accurate understanding about plant and pollinator interactions that will allow us to support threatened bees with their preferred plants and create better pollinator habitat.  


Check out Rob’s research on bees (Beecology) and his smart phone app that are the basis of this important knowledge about how to help pollinators thrive.

Link to Dr. Gegear's talk

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Designing for Pollinators, Changing Climate and Biodiversity: Larri Cochran, Master Gardener

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.

Link to video of Larri's zoom presentation

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Turning Lawns into Meadows
Owen Wormser, 
Abound Design

Meadows provide pollinator and wildlife habitats, and draw down and sequester more carbon than manicured lawns.  Owen discusses how to transform lawns -- which wreak havoc on ecosystems -- into meadows.  

Owen Wormser is very active locally in creating pollinator gardens. In 2020 he released his book Lawns Into Meadows: Growing a Regenerative Landscape.  Enjoy our video of a talk he gave at our conference on Sustainable Landscapes in January 2019. 

Link to Video of Owen's talk, January 18, 2019


Connecticut's Amazing 85-Town Pollinator Pathway

Mary Ellen Lemay from the CT-based, presents the initiative in southwestern CT and eastern NY state and how volunteers created their town's pathways. 

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The Effect of Light Pollution on Pollinators

James Lowenthal, Smith College astronomy professor, and member of International Dark Sky Association.  

Light pollution disturbs the life cycles of insects, other wildlife, and humans.  Dr. Lowenthal will provide insight about how and why we need to reduce light pollution to support pollination systems.

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Organizing the Pollinator Pathways Project in Lincoln MA
Jane Gruba-Chevalier

Jane Gruba-Chevalier presents the work by Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, with design and recommendations from Evan Abramson and Dr. Rob Gegear, to build habitat for threatened lepidoptera and bees.


Since Northampton plans to replicate the Lincoln initiative and their process of using Evan's plant kits to support these declining bees, this is a key video!