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We have received nothing but glowing feedback about your presentations and pollinator walk. What a treat to have you here!"
- Phyllis Stiles, Director, Bee City USA July 2016
"Thank you again for speaking to the Mahtomedi community last night. In observing the audience during your talk, Gardening for Bees and Butterflies," I could see they were totally absorbed in the material being presented."
The feedback I've received from audience members was resoundingly positive. Some comments from your talk include:
-"Wonderful speaker and great topic."
-"Good command of the material."
-"I had no idea bees' lives were so fascinating."
-"Uses subtle humor effectively and naturally."
-"Increased sensitivity to the important role we play in inviting pollinators to our gardens."
-"Increased awareness of habitat needs of bees."
-"Will use more discretion and extra caution when using pesticides."
-Pleasant and easy to listen to; could listen to Heather all day."
- Jackie Metelak, Mahtomedi Garden Club
"We were all very engaged in your presentation, and many members later told me how much they learned and enjoyed it. From your knowledge of the natural history of so many types of bees and plants to your beautiful photography, we enjoyed every minute of it. The information you shared about the interaction between bees and plants was especially interesting to our group. Your time and preparation are very much appreciated."
- Mary Beth Pottratz, Minnesota Master Naturalists, West Metro Chapter
"Extremely well presented and knowledgeable speaker. I learned a lot from Ms. Holm and was able to follow along. Her slide deck was a perfect mix of text and graphic representation. I could have listened to her all day."
"Excellent! The most visually appealing presentation. An extremely clear presenter."
"Wonderful balanced approach to understanding insect diversity in natural habitats."
"Heather should be on any program that deals with bees. Her knowledge, and the succinct way she has of imparting that knowledge, is excellent."
- Survey respondents, Pollinators Cubed: Plants and People Conference, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, November 2014
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What You Can Do For Pollinators: Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Garden Habitat
Learn about the types of native pollinators that visit our gardens and how we can foster all parts of their life cycles, including providing food, water and nesting habitat. The top native plant species for pollinators will also be discussed.
Common Native Bees: Their Life Cycle, Foraging Behavior and Role in the Pollination of Native Plants
This presentation explores the nesting habitat, life cycle, pollen collection, brood rearing, and general characteristics of 17 common genera of native bees occurring in the upper Midwest and Great Lakes area. The pollination of native plants and the mutualism between plants and bees is also highlighted. Heather also discusses the presentation of floral resources and how the physical characteristics of bees can influence the bees' effectiveness as pollinators.
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.
Habitat Matters: Lessons Learned From Enhancing Native Bee Habitat on Blueberry Farms
In this presentation you will learn about the current research project I am working on in Minnesota and Wisconsin blueberry farms. I discuss the project objectives and reasons for studying native bees on blueberry farms, the sampling methods, native bee candidates (for blueberry pollination services), the nesting habitat of the bees, and the native plant forage recommendations. The presentation also explores the habitat evaluation of the farms, and the considerations for what kind of forage could be provided for the native bee candidates pre, and post-blueberry bloom.
Attracting Bees and Beneficial Insects
with Native Plants
Most insects have a positive impact in our landscapes. Native plants can be selected to attract specific bees and beneficial insects including predatory and parasitic wasps, beetles, flies, true bugs, and lacewings. Learn about the predator-prey relationships of these flower-visiting beneficial insects and how they help keep problem insect populations in balance. The life cycles, diversity, and nesting habitat of native bees will also be covered along with examples of native plants for different site conditions.
Native Bees of Prairie Ecosystems and Their Role as Pollinators of Native Plants
Learn about the nesting habitat, life cycle, pollen collection, foraging behavior and general characteristics of common genera of native bees in prairie ecosystems. This presentation examines the pollination of native plants and the mutualism between native plants and bees including the presentation of floral resources and the influence of bees' physical characteristics on their effectiveness as pollinators.
Gardening for Bees and Butterflies
Learn about the life cycles of bees and butterflies including where and when they nest, forage and seek shelter and food in our landscapes. Learn about pollination and which native plants are specifically pollinated by bees or butterflies. The top native plant species for different habitats will also be highlighted for both bees and butterflies including butterfly host plants.
Selecting Native Trees and Shrubs that Support Pollinators
While most trees are wind-pollinated, the ones that are insect-pollinated provide important forage for pollinators, especially in early spring. Learn about which canopy trees, small trees, and shrubs are insect-pollinated and the types of pollinators each plant attracts. Factors influencing pollinator visitation including flower structure, flower resources, flowering phenology, and the plant community where the woody plant occurs will also be discussed.
Native Bees and Predatory Wasps of Prairie Ecosystems: Their Role as Pollinators and Beneficial Insects
Learn about the nesting habitat, life cycle, pollen collection, foraging behavior, and general characteristics of common genera of native bees and predatory wasps in prairie ecosystems. This presentation examines factors that influence prairie management decisions including pollinator seasonality, floral preferences, plant community structure, bee-plant specialist relationships, and timing of prescribed burns and mowing.
Selecting Native Trees and Shrubs that Support Birds and Pollinators
Learn about the habitat and food requirements of birds and pollinators, and what native trees and shrubs provide these resources.
Attracting Bees and Beneficial Insects to your Fruit and
Learn about the importance of insect pollination and the bees responsible for pollinating the fruits and vegetables we grow in both home and commercial landscapes. Heather will discuss in detail the genera of bees responsible for the majority of the pollination and the additional forage (flowering plants) one needs to provide to ensure that the 'flower buffet' is always open, even when the fruit or vegetable plants are not in flower. Also discussed are the beneficial insects that the native flowering plants will attract and how these insects can help reduce insect pest populations in your fruit or vegetable garden.
2017 SCHEDULED EVENTS
January 12, 2017 ~ 9:45 am
Northern Green Expo
Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN
January 14, 2017 ~ 1:30 pm
MN-NARGS Rock Garden Society
Hennepin Technical College
Brooklyn Park, MN
February 9, 2017 ~ 7 pm
MN State Horticultural Society Webinar
Attracting Pollinators and Beneficial Insects to Your Vegetable Garden
February 11, 2017
Wild Ones West Cook Conference
February 18, 2017
Wild Ones Minnesota
Design With Nature Conference
St. Thomas University, St. Paul, MN
February 26, 2017 ~ 1 pm
Minneapolis Home and Garden Show
Minneapolis Convention Center
March 3-4, 2017
Partners Native Landscaping Workshop
St. Louis, MO
March 11, 2017 ~ 10 am
Long Prairie Library
Long Prairie, MN
March 11, 2017 ~ 12 pm
Sauk Centre Library
Sauk Center, MN
March 18, 2017
The Native Plant Society
of New Jersey Conference
Medford Leas, NJ
March 20, 2017 ~ 7 pm
St. Cloud Garden Club
St. Cloud Whitney Center
St. Cloud, MN
March 21, 2017
Wild Ones Twin Cities
Gardening for the Birds and the Bees
March 30, 2017
EcoLogic: Understanding Native Pollinators and Their Needs
April 1, 2017
Crow Wing County Master Gardeners
Garden Expo 2017
April 5, 2017 ~ 6:30 pm
City of Chanhassen Speaker Series
Chanhassen Library, MN
April 17, 2017
East Central Master Naturalists
April 19, 2017
Winona State University
May 6, 2017
Thunder Bay Master Gardeners
Thunder Bay, ON
May 21, 2017 ~ 9:30 - 10:45 am
2017 Gathering Partners of Natural Resources Conference (Minnesota Master Naturalists)
St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota
June 3, 2017
Landscape Revival and Native Plant Expo
June 7-10, 2017
Native Plants in the Landscape Conference
June 23-24, 2017
2017 Extension Master Gardener
University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
July 13, 2017 ~ 7 pm
Wild Ones Rock River Valley
Northern Illinois University
Rockford, IL 61108
August 17, 2017
Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
September 18, 2017
River City Wild Ones Conference
Grand Rapids, MI
September 22, 2017
2017 Cleveland Pollinator Symposium
Cuyahoga County Community College
Eastern Campus, Highland Hills, OH
September 28, 2017
Toronto Botanical Garden
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