Thursday, January 19,
Seed Collection and Propagation of Native Plants
We are pleased to welcome back Ed Cope to speak to our chapter. His past presentations have been excellent and well received. The Restoration Ecologist for the Natural Land Institute, Ed will discuss the do's and don’ts of seed processing, storage, and propagation. Learn about the best ways to keep your seed viable over the winter months, and how to get the most out of it come springtime. In-depth tutorials will be provided on do-it-yourself propagation techniques, including seed stratification and scarification. We will also discuss how to choose the right growing medium for native plants.
Ed received a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife and habitat management and land rehabilitation in 2013 from Montana State University. After graduation, he spent a year in Alaska working for a dogsled team. He says, “There’s a lot of good work to be done there. I’ve spent time (out west), but their point of view (on the environment) is so different. There’s still so much land left. There’s not so much here.”
For more information, call (815) 332-3343.
July Lecture and Yard Tours
On July 13, Heather Holm, will speak on Selecting Native Plants to Support Pollinators, Birds and Other Wildlife. Her program will be illustrated with beautiful photos of insects, birds and the native plants with which they coexist. The lecture is free to Wild Ones members and a $5 donation is requested for others.
On July 15 and 16 Wild Ones members will open their yards for free natural yard tours. See examples of how you can include native plants in your own garden, school or church to attract butterflies and birds.
Details will be posted here at a later date.
We meet the third Thursday of most months in the Physical Education Center at Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114. Most programs are free and open to the public. See Monthly Meetings for more information.
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