Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Prairie Partners/Wild Ones - Landscaping for Biodiversity

In the spirit of my recent post about gardening for wildlife, I'd like to share some information a birding friend passed along to me about Wild Ones, a national not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization that promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. This is such an important endeavor, and one I am happy to help publicize.

The Northfield Prairie Partners chapter holds monthly meetings, typically on the second Thursday of the month, at the Northfield Public Library. There is a meeting tomorrow evening, March 8, at 6:30:
Creating Pollinator Habitats - Danielle Waldschmidt
Danielle is a conservation technician at Rice Soil and Water Conservation District. She has a BS of Environmental Sciences from the University of Minnesota. Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies and some beetles pollinate more than 70% of flowering plants. Danielle will show us how we can help provide habitat for them in our yards and neighborhoods.
Topics covered in future months include Frogs and Toads, Woodland Wildflowers, and Butterflies and Their Gardens. I am excited to learn of this group's existence, and plan to start attending their events when I can.

In Minnesota there are five other chapters in addition to the Northfield one. There are also chapters in ten other states.

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