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Walks, Talks & Workshops

February 2020

Nature’s Best Hope | Evenings with Experts

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Harvard University Science Center, 1 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Recent headlines about global insect declines, the impending extinction of one million species worldwide, and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our present-day standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Doug Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can— and must take— to reverse declining biodiversity and to explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

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Winter Seed Sowing Workshop

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital St
Augusta, ME 04330 United States
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Tracy Weber, a Wild Seed Project volunteer and former Seed Fellow, will lead a hands-on workshop in native plant propagation. This workshop will focus on ecologically-responsible seed collection and storing procedures, germination techniques, and seedling care. Tracy will explain how to set up a home or business outdoor nursery in pots or growing beds. Participants will go home with two pots sown with native seeds. Be prepared to dig your hands deep into the diversity of native seeds! 

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Understanding the Fascinating Life Cycle of Native Plants with Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

February 29 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, 30 Peck Road
Wales, MA 01081 United States
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In this slide talk, Heather McCargo will show you the fascinating reproductive life cycle of different types of New England native plants and explains how we can change our landscape practices to support wild plant reproduction, pollinators, and other wildlife. Heather will explain simple outdoor seed sowing that anyone can do to help increase native plant populations. Growing native plants from seed is a great way to protect the genetic diversity of our native flora and to produce an abundance of plants inexpensively. Be part of a grassroots movement to sow native seeds!

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