Recorded Webinars

Bees and Bugs

Wild Ones Honorary Director Heather Holm Presents “The Bombus Among Us – Bumble Bee Basics”

Dr. Tara Bal, Assistant Professor at Michigan Tech College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, explains why you should love bugs, even earwigs!  This excellent presentation was given during the 2021 Keweenaw Native Plant Symposium.

In this classic Wild Ones National presentation, Doug Tallamy explains why native plants are critical for all of us.

Birds

This seminar will discuss how songbirds and hummingbirds can be attracted to landscapes through the use of native plants that furnish insects, seeds, flowers, and fruits for birds. Specific examples of the most versatile and adaptable native woody and herbaceous plants will be included as well as simple gardening practices essential for birds.

Butterflies

In 2017 Sara Dykman became the first person to follow the
eastern population of monarch butterflies on their roundtrip,
multinational, multigenerational migration.

In this Minnesota Wild Ones presentation, butterfly expert Allison Barta shows photos of all of the butterflies she has seen in 2020, starting in Spring and ending in Fall.   She provides tips on identification as well as gorgeous photos.

Invasive Species

The twin cities Wild Ones chapter presented this important webinar on jumping worms, a new invasive pest threatening our gardens.

How do we safely sell and give potted plants to neighbors, given that the invasive jumping worms might be infesting our soil?  Listen to presenter Julia Vanatta as she discusses this knotty problem and the steps that the Wild Ones Twin City chapter has taken to reduce the risk.

Invasive, non-native plants threaten native biodiversity and have negative economic impacts for the timber and horticulture production, the outdoor recreation industry, and other sectors. Join invasive plant experts Dr. Quinn Long and Matt Arndt to learn more about many of these plants.

Landscaping Ideas with Natives

This webinar will cover the basics of selecting native plants for your next project. Design themes, site programming, and maintenance needs will be considered along with physical site conditions, plant availability, and green infrastructure services.

This recommended webinar features a speaker who owns a native plant nursery.  Sponsored by the Washtenaw County Conservation District.

Bill Sanders, Landscape Architect at Sanders-Czapski Associates, discusses how the Marquette Food Co-op successfully used native plants to beautify their space as well as ameliorating drainage issues.  This was a presentation of the 2021 Keweenaw Native Plant Symposium.

What is sustainable gardening?  Professor Brian Black says it is “Gardening as if Earth matters.”  Listen in on the discussion, which was a 2021 presentation of the Keweenaw Native Plant Symposium.

Plant Identification

 Sponsored by the Maryland Native Plant Society, this webinar tries to simplify identifying grasses.  It’s still pretty complicated.

Seed Starting

Nancy Schumacher spent more than 30 years growing and selling plants .Over the years, products included traditional perennials, native species and herbs with the latter years dedicated almost exclusively to natives. She holds a degree in soil science from the University of Minnesota.

Join horticulturist Dolly Foster as she explains the mysteries of winter sowing.  Marcia has also summarized the technique here.