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Rewild in 10 Action Steps – Ecological Landscape Alliance Webinar

Entomologist Douglas Tallamy identifies a minimum of 70% native plant biomass in our landscapes needed to safeguard wildlife habitat, support biodiversity, and mitigate the effects of climate change. Wild Seed Project launched an initiative that motivates people to meet this threshold through a holistic approach – it is called rewilding, and anyone can do it whether you have farmland, a yard in the suburbs, a hell strip in an urban neighborhood, or no land of your own. Anna Fialkoff will walk you through what it means to rewild in 10 action steps in this one-hour webinar. Learn more and register with Ecological Landscape Alliance.

Cathance River Education Alliance Rewilding Landscapes: 10 Easy Ways

Join our speakers from the Maine-based Wild Seed Project (WSP) to learn about rewilding and how easy it can be to begin naturalizing spaces in your community in this one-hour plus online presentation. Whether you are an apartment dweller, homeowner, or have visions of rich ecological landscapes in your community’s public spaces, there is a rewilding activity for you! Rewilding is the practice of restoring native plants in urban, suburban, and rural landscapes to reverse habitat loss, recapture the benefits of natural systems, and bring nature back into our daily lives. Rewilding begins with native plants which form the foundation of the local food web. Native plants support insects, which in turn support birds, whose populations serve as an indicator of ecological health and resiliency. WSP’s Executive Director Andrea Berry is a passionate backyard gardener, amateur beekeeper, and keeper of chickens who loves nature and all growing things. WSP Board Member Julia Frederick maintains a freelance practice designing native plant gardens and also works as a Senior Landscape Architect at Mitchell & Associates in Portland. Her landscapes celebrate local ecology and enrich the relationship between humans and the natural world. Learn more and register with Cathance River Education Alliance. […]

Rewilding Talks Series: Adopt Mindful Landscape Practices

Is planting native enough to support local wildlife? Just as critical as what we plant is what we do in our landscapes throughout the year. In this one-hour in-person talk at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, Anna Fialkoff will help you learn how to shift from harmful management habits and dependence on fertilizers, pesticides, and fossil fuels to adopting mindful practices that benefit salamanders, bees, birds, butterflies, and the planet’s health. About the Rewilding Series: Wild Seed Project’s Pledge to Rewild initiative is a call-to-action, motivating people to plant natives to support bees, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife in order to make positive environmental change in their own communities. Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project are teaming up to bring you a three-part series that goes in-depth on some of the key concepts of rewilding: transforming your lawn into layers of native plants, adopting mindful landscape practices that benefit wildlife and the planet’s health, and planting native trees that support local food webs. Learn more and register for any part of or the full rewilding talks series through Maine Audubon.

Why Native Plants Matter

Native plants are beautiful, important for our local and regional ecosystems and do not need the high nutrient and water inputs of commonly cultivated plants. These qualities make native plant species excellent additions to our gardens! In this one-hour Zoom webinar, Wild Seed Project founder Heather McCargo covers the many reasons we all should care about our region’s native flora and the importance of bringing native plants back into our gardens and developed landscapes. She also discusses current native plant trends and issues in the nursery trade (including cloning and the loss of genetic diversity), and explains how we all can support our native flora by planting seed-grown native plants. Co-sponsored with West Newbury Wild and Native, West Newbury Open Space Committee, West Newbury Garden Club and Essex County Greenbelt. Learn more and register with Essex County Greenbelt.

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