The New Hampshire Audubon Pollinator Speaker Series schedule is out.
Speakers, workshops and events celebrate and engage others in pollinator conservation. The first event was May 2. What follows is a list of some of the upcoming events in the series, at the McLane Center in Concord.
Landscaping for Pollinators, Thursday, May 23: 6 to 8 p.m.; presenter is Beth Dermody, landscape architect
Dermody, from Allen & Major Associates, shares best practices to attract and maintain the health of pollinators in your backyard. She designed the new pollinator demonstration garden at the McLane Center. Participants will also tour the garden to see first-hand how and what to plant for pollinators.
Demonstration Garden Grand Opening Party, Saturday, June 15: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Music, crafts, food and tips on how you can support pollinators in your backyard. Pollinators, including insects, birds and bats are vital to a healthy environment and are needed to pollinate a third of the food that is eaten. Tour new gardens and participate in family friendly activities to get ideas for encouraging pollinators. A food truck will be on site.
Beecology: a Citizen Scientist Helping Pollinators, Thursday, June 20: 6 to 8 p.m.; presenter is Dr. Robert Gegear, professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and founder of the Beecology Project
Gegear will update participants on the decline of wild pollinators and the importance of collecting ecological information needed to develop effective conservation and restoration strategies for threatened pollinator species. The project was developed to recruit citizen scientists from across the region to digitally collect and submit ecological data on native pollinators. Learn and practice data collection using the smartphone and web apps. Time spent in the pollinator gardens will allow participants to use the online visualization tools to collect data needed to improve the quality of native pollinator habitats.