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 common genera of native bees occurring in north-central and eastern United States and southern Canada. The pollination of native plants and the mutualism between native plants and native 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 Vegetable Garden
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.
2018 SCHEDULED EVENTS
January 17, 2018
Native Plant Symposium,
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens GA
February 3, 2018
Master Gardeners of Eau Claire, WI
Chippewa Valley Technical College
February 23, 2018
Green Matters Landscape Sustainability Symposium
Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD
March 3, 2018
Mad Gardeners Symposium, Falls Village, CT
March 10, 2018
Shorewood Spring Conference, Shorewood MN
March 17, 2018
Wild Ones Tennessee Valley, Chattanooga, TN
March 24, 2018
Master Gardeners of St. Clair County, MI
March 31, 2018
Connecticut Botanical Society
Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area, Burlington, CT
April 7, 2018
Delaware Nature Society, Hockessin, DE
April 10, 2018
St. Paul American Association of University Women, MN
April 19, 2018
Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, MN
May 16, 2018
Aldo Leopold Audubon Society, Steven's Point, WI
June 23, 2018
Saving Birds Thru Habitat, Omena, MI
July 11, 2018
Wild Ones Oak Openings, Toledo, OH
July 19, 2018
Lurie Garden, Chicago, IL
July 21, 2018
Pollinator Walk, Prairie Restorations, Princeton, MN
August 7, 2018 ~ 6:15 pm
City of Burnsville Presentation, Burnsville, MN
For City residents only
September 14-16, 2018
Conservation Workshop, Midwest Native Plant Society
Shawnee State Forest, OH
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