“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
8:30 to 8:45 – registration, visit exhibitors
8:45 to 9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:00 to 10:00 – Right plant, right place: plant selection, design and maintenance – Ronda Burnett, Missouri Department of Conservation, Springfield
10:00 to 10:15 a.m. Break, visit exhibitors
10:15 to 11:15: Natives to support pollinators, other insects, and song birds & how to design with them – Ed Spevak, Saint Louis Zoo
11:15 to 12:15: Natives and Water Quality Protection – using natives for stormwater quality – Becky McMahon, DJM Ecological Services, St. Louis.
12:15 to 1:15 Lunch
1:15 to 2:15 Controlling invasives and native alternatives – Jerod Heubner, Missouri Prairie Foundation
2:15-2:45: Panel will all speakers
2:45-3:45: Field trip to nearby native planting at Osage Beach City Park. Part of this garden is thriving; other parts have too much mulch and the plants are suffering; there are also invasives, so it is a great learning opportunity.
$25 – Missouri Prairie Foundation and Grow Native! members
$35 – non-members
Register online here.
Ronda Burnett has been a Community Conservation Planner with the Missouri Department of Conservation since 2005. She helps communities connect to nature and enjoy the enhanced quality of life made possible by healthy fish, forest, and wildlife resources.
Ronda holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University and a Master of Urban, Environmental, and Land Use Planning from the University of Kansas.
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. Ed is also an adjunct of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Population Management Center, advising dozens of conservation breeding and reintroduction programs
Ed 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.
Becky McMahon is a Project Ecologist and Vice President of DJM Ecological Services, Inc. With a degree in Conservation Biology from Arizona State University, she specializes in habitat assessment, installation, and stewardship of wetlands, prairies, savannahs, woodlands, and glades. She has directly impacted the pollinator movement within the Saint Louis metropolitan and surrounding states by working on over 70+ projects spanning private, municipal, state, and federal contracts.
Becky serves on the Board for the Open Space Council, is a certified arborist, a licensed pesticide applicator, and is OSHA 30 certified. In her spare time she can be found climbing a tree with her daughter or hanging out with her duck and chickens. Dirt under her nails is a sign of a day well spent.
Jerod Huebner earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2010. While in college, Huebner worked at MPF’s and the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Prairie Fork Conservation and Expansion Areas in Callaway County on a variety of prairie reconstruction activities. After graduating, Huebner worked as a wildlife biologist at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles. Among his duties in that position were managing 18,000 acres of high public use conservation areas in the St. Louis region, preparing management plans, supervising staff, grant writing, and numerous outreach activities. He holds Level 3 Fire Burn Boss Certification and has conducted numerous wildlife population surveys.
Originally from Monett, MO, Huebner is pleased to have moved back to southwestern Missouri. He and his wife live in the Joplin, MO area, his home base for carrying out MPF prairie management.