Attend a day-long symposium to discuss interactions between native plants and pollinators and learn how to combat the pollinator crisis through panels and workshops led by specialists in the field. The symposium addresses such topics as: researching and tracking different types of native pollinators, creating and growing gardens that support the region’s native pollinators, and selecting the most effective pollinator-friendly native plants for particular habitats and ecoregions. With an engaging keynote by Dr. Robert Gegear, creator of The Beecology Project, this symposium offers a fitting culmination to a summer of pollinator programs and a vision for next steps. Register and be part of the solution!
Sponsors: New England Wildflower Society, NH Audubon, US Fish & Wildlife
Agenda: 10-10:15am: Welcome from Doug Bechtel, President of New Hampshire Audubon and Debbi Edelstein, Executive Director of New England Wild Flower Society
10:15-11:05am: Panel on "Current Hot Topics in Native Plant-Pollinator Interactions"
Moderator: Courtney Allen, Director of Public Programs, New England Wild Flower Society
Dr. Cathy Neal, Nursery & Landscape Horticulture State Specialist at University of New Hampshire, Researcher with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station
Hilary Chapman, Education Specialist, New Hampshire Audubon
Samuel Jaffe, Founder and Executive Director, The Caterpillar Lab
11:15-11:25am: Presentation of Society's Regional Impact Award to Dr. Robert Gegear, Assistant Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Founder of the Beecology Project
11:25am-12:25pm: Keynote with Dr. Robert Gegear
12:30pm-2pm: Lunch (provided with registration fee) and Pop-up Shop
2-3:30pm: Break-Out Workshops
"Beecology: Using the Citizen Science App" with Dr. Robert Gegear
"Seed Selection, Preparation, Methods, and Techniques" with Dr. Cathy Neal
"Native Birds in the Garden" with Kelly Dwyer, Environmental Educator, New Hampshire Audubon
"Overwintering Pollinators" with Samuel Jaffe
"McLane Center Pollinator Garden Tour and Design Workshop" with Beth Dermody, Landscape Architect, Allen & Major Associates, Inc.
3:45-4:45pm: Community Discussion -- an open forum for Questions and Next Steps