“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Friday, March 10, 2017 — A Southwest Illinois Grow Native! Event
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This native landscaping workshop at the Nelson Center at Lewis and Clark Community College in Edwardsville, IL will provide information to home gardeners; landowners; landscape, landcare, and wildlife professionals; stormwater engineers; and other related professionals about how to use native plants to sustain monarchs and pollinators, songbirds, and other important wildlife. The workshop will be held Friday, March 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A breakfast buffet will be provided, and exhibitors will display information as well.
2 CEUs available for Landscape Architects
CEUs available for Illinois Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists
Special Presenting Sponsors:
Who should attend?: Home gardeners and other landscape enthusiasts, wildlife habitat professionals, landscape contractors, land care professionals, growers, garden centers, forest managers, arborists, landscape architects and designers, engineers, sustainability managers, green building professionals, Master Naturalists, and Master Gardeners.
What you will learn:
7:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, Visit Exhibitors. The breakfast menu includes orange juice and coffee, assorted breakfast breads, sausage strata, yogurt, and fresh fruit salad.
8:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
8:30–9:30 a.m. Keynote: Chip Taylor – “Monarchs and pollinators: The need for habitat restoration”
9:40–10:00 a.m. Demonstration Project – Christopher Carl, Granite City G-CADD Native Plant Garden – “Grow Native! Dream Native! A Demonstration Garden Envisions a New Urban Ecology”
10:00–10:20 a.m. Break, Visit Exhibitors
10:20–11:15 a.m. Breakout Session #1:
11:15 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Break, Visit Exhibitors
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Breakout Session #2:
12:30 p.m. Workshop Concludes
Chip Taylor – Founder and Director of Monarch Watch
Dr. Orley R. “Chip” Taylor is founder and director of Monarch Watch and is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Trained as an insect ecologist, Chip Taylor has published papers on species assemblages, hybridization, reproductive biology, population dynamics, plant demographics, and pollination. Starting in 1974, Chip Taylor established research sites and directed students studying Neotropical African honey bees (killer bees) in French Guiana, Venezuela, and Mexico. In 1992, Taylor founded Monarch Watch, an outreach program based at the University of Kansas that is focused on education, research, and conservation relative to monarch butterflies.
Phil Cox, from Palmyra, IL, attended Southern Illinois University – Carbondale where he received a Bachelor’s degree in forestry with a minor in plant and soil science. Cox has worked for Illinois Forest Products in Beardstown as a consulting forester and at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center as a biological field tech doing research in the big rivers floodplains. Later, Cox worked as a Land Conservation Specialist at National Great Rivers Research and Education Center working on the federal cost-share programs CREP and CRP. Cox is currently a forester for the Illinois Recreation Access Program, and also a volunteer for his local Quail Forever chapter, establishes CRP plantings, and is an Illinois Certified Prescribed Burn Manager.
Elisa Royce – Healthy Lands Healthy People
Elisa Royce has worked in habitat management and land conservation over the last 16 years. She has worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, American Land Conservancy and National Great Rivers Research and Education Center. Back in 2012 she founded Healthy Lands Healthy People. A 501c3 organization focused on creating connections between communities and the environment in hands on sustainable ways including land acquisition, environmental education and natural resource engagement. Additionally, Royce holds her real estate broker’s license and has worked with buyers and sellers of land and homes specifically since 2012. She has a Masters Degree in Environmental Science from SIUE. Elisa lives on several acres with her husband and two children in Godfrey, IL where there is no loss of things to do outside that prevent her from tackling the ever growing mound of laundry in her house. And she is totally ok with that!
Christopher Carl is is an Artist and Landscape Designer. He received a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he explored the relationship between public art and environmental stewardship. His most recent work, New American Gardening, is a collaboration with the Granite City Art and Design District (G-CADD), which is a consortium of indoor and outdoor creative spaces seeking to revitalize a distressed city block through art and ecology.
Dr. Ed Spevak is currently the Curator of Invertebrates at the Saint Louis Zoo. Dr. Spevak has dedicated the last 37 years of his career to the conservation of invertebrates and vertebrates working in zoos and aquariums as a zoo curator and small population biologist. Spevak is also an adjunct of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Population Management Center, advising dozens of conservation breeding and reintroduction programs.
Spevak is the Director of Saint Louis Zoo’s WildCare Institute Center for Native Pollinator Conservation (CNPC), serves as the Programme Officer for the IUCN SSC Bumblebee Specialist Group, Co-Chairs the Bumble Bee Task Force of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign and is on the Steering Committees of the Honey Bee Health Coalition, Keystone Monarch Collaborative and Missourians for Monarchs Collaborative.
Mitch Leachman is the Executive Director of the St. Louis Audubon Society and coordinator of their Bring Conservation Home program. He joined the Audubon network in 1997 and has been active with the St. Louis chapter since 2001. On staff since 2008, Leachman plans and coordinates many chapter activities, including Bring Conservation Home, community stewardship projects, fundraising, communications and outreach. www.stlouisaudubon.
Lewis and Clark Community College, LeClaire Room at the Nelson Center
600 Troy Rd
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Directions: The Nelson Center is just south of downtown Edwardsville at 600 Troy Road. Park in the lots marked “Hale Parking Lot” and “MCT Parking Lot.” Look for signs.
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