Pitch in a Patch for Pollinators

Presented by Habitat Network, The Nature Conservancy, and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

This spring, Pitch in a Patch for Pollinators. We know pollinators need habitat to thrive–can you commit just a little more space for a new pollinator patch? Each of us has a role we can play in stitching together vibrant, healthy habitat for our butterflies, bees, birds, bats, and various other pollinating wildlife.

http://content.yardmap.org/special-pages/pitch-patch-pollinators/

Analysis: Reinterpretation Of Migratory Bird Treaty Act Runs Counter To Spirit Of The Law

Over a century ago, then-Congressman John Lacey of Iowa observed of the Passenger Pigeon: “a single generation has seen them swept away.” He wrote at a time when other bird populations—egrets, herons, spoonbills, and more—faced decimation, slaughtered for their plumage. Bird populations once deemed so abundant by John James Audubon that he imagined their populations impossible to annihilate were imperiled. And the Passenger Pigeon, once numbering perhaps in the billions, went extinct.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/analysis-reinterpretation-of-migratory-bird-treaty-act-runs-counter-to-spirit-of-the-law/

Art of Beekeeping

Learn about the rewarding and important art of beekeeping on the beautiful grounds of historic Harriton House. Visit the onsite hives in appropriate apiary costume (provided). See how a hive is constructed of frames and wax and how the bees are installed.

Code: HG61111
Dates: April 21, 2018
Meets: 9:30 AM to 12 N
Location: Harriton House
Instructor: I Harriton House
$45.00 Course Fee

The 19th Annual Chanticleer Lecture:
Claudia West presents Wild and Neat: Bridging the Gap Between Great Garden Design and Ecology

Sunday, April 29 at 3 PM
Location: Radnorshire Room at Radnor Township Building,
301 Iven Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087

Our planet is rapidly losing its foundation of life—the very plants that sustain us and most other creatures on earth. We know planting more na­tive plants in our gardens is an important part of the solution. However, many native plant gardens that focus on ecological benefits often suffer for aesthetic challenges and fail to inspire. Great plant­ing design is an essential part of the solution. Join us as we dig deeper into inspiring design principles derived from wild plant communities that resonate deeply within us and trigger stunning emotional re­sponses. We will analyze archetypal landscapes and translate their principles into smaller garden spac­es to help you create the native plant oasis of your dreams that will blow you away with stunning beau­ty!

Claudia West is a leading voice in the emerging field of ecological planting design. She has worked on all sides of the green industry—as a designer, a grower, installer, and land manager—grounding her innovative work in pragmatic solutions that address the realities of our urbanizing world. She is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Planting in a Post-Wild World.

This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Chanticleer, a Pleasure Garden.

Birding with MLSN & Radnor Conservancy – May 17, 2018

Experience the exciting hobby of bird watching. Find out what you need and what’s new in field guides and electronic gadgets. Discuss the art and science of bird identification, as well as the best times and places to go. Walk will include birding basics and binocular training. Dress for the weather and be prepared to walk a trail. We will walk rain or shine. Any skill level welcome.

http://www.mainlineschoolnight.org/CourseStatus.awp?&course=18STT41066

Code: TT41066
Dates: May 17, 2018 Check for other dates
Meets: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Ithan Valley Park
Instructor: Phil Witmer
$16.00 Course Fee
Save $6 with a MLSN Membership

Birding with MLSN & Radnor Conservancy – May 10, 2018

Experience the exciting hobby of bird watching. Find out what you need and what’s new in field guides and electronic gadgets. Discuss the art and science of bird identification, as well as the best times and places to go. Walk will include birding basics and binocular training. Dress for the weather and be prepared to walk a trail. We will walk rain or shine. Any skill level welcome.

http://www.mainlineschoolnight.org/CourseStatus.awp?&course=18STT41067

Code: TT41067
Dates: May 10, 2018 Check for other dates
Meets: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Jenkins Arboretum
Instructor: Phil Witmer
$16.00 Course Fee
Save $6 with a MLSN Membership

Hear the Differing Drumbeats of Woodpeckers

Like a jazz player beating out a drum roll, a woodpecker uses its bill to rap out a brisk series of notes. Early spring resounds with the percussive hammering of woodpeckers. Their rhythmic drumming says to other woodpeckers, “This is my territory!” We also hear them knocking on wood when they carve holes in trees to create nest cavities or reach insects. For any woodpecker, it’s all about proclaiming a signal as far and as loud as possible. Look for Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, like this one, in the Northeast and farther north, and Red-breasted Sapsuckers in the West.

https://www.birdnote.org/show/drumming-woodpeckers

A Yard Full Of Native Plants Is A Yard Full Of Well-Fed Birds

Taking in the beautiful purple blossoms as the scent of lilac floats on the air seems like a pretty idyllic backyard setting, but new research shows that not all plants are equal. That pretty lilac, porcelain berry, fragrant bush honeysuckle, and ruby red Japanese maple in your yard might look nice, but non-native plants like these consistently have fewer caterpillars than native plants, according to new research published in July in Biological Conservation. And that means less food for birds.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/its-true-a-yard-full-of-native-plants-is-a-yard-full-of-well-fed-birds/