University of Illinois Extension has teamed up with the Bi-State Conservation Action Network to host a Nature is Local webinar series. Regional experts will share information on how to incorporate native plants in the landscape and provide resources to help.
Presentations take place via Zoom at noon on March 3, 10 and 17
Here's the line-up, You can register for any in the series at http://go.illinois.edu/NatureIsLocal
Amy Loving, Nahant Marsh: The importance of native plants and an introduction to the variety of ecosystem types
Enrich Your Yard with Native Plants - Yards are a great place to incorporate native plants – but where to start? This presentation will identify yard ecosystem types, native plants that are best suited for those habitats, and the wildlife that benefit form them. Additional, you’ll also hear of a variety of resources to start plugging natives into your landscapes.
March 10: Brian Burkholder, Roadside Vegetation Specialist for Scott County Secondary Roads Department: Plant Establishment and Maintenance Techniques, Tools and Resources.
Prairie planting, establishment and maintenance is a rewarding process but a process no less. Join us as we explore how, when and where (yard, garden, or roadside ditch) are the best practices for prairie planting and what maintenance activities will help you achieve your gardening goals. Brian will also share lessons learned in the field and tested techniques for reducing weeds and invasive vegetation. Additionally, Brian will explain Scott County IRVM program and how he works with residents through the Adopt a Prairie program to establish roadside prairies.
March 17: Scott D. James, Private Lands Biologist at Illinois-Iowa Ecological Services Field Office for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: BiState Resources and Funding Available.
There's room for natural areas on every property in the Greater Quad Cities... and there's funding and resources to help! This presentation will cover the financial and technical resources available to help anyone create and conserve natural areas. Furthermore, examples of real-life projects putting resources into action will be briefly highlighted.