May 20 Webinar – Amber Fredenburg on creating habitat for our native ground-nesting bees

Amber Fredenburg

Amber Fredenburg

Amber Fredenburg is working on her degree in PhD in Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology (EEOB). She is pursuing research to identify the resources that attract ground-nesting bees so we can provide nesting sites for these species in places where their habitats may be limited. She is conducting an experiment where she constructed plots with 5 treatments (bare ground, leaf litter, pebbles, mounded soil, and control) at 21 sites along an urban gradient to test the effect of both urbanization and surface soil substrates. Several of these sites are within areas maintained by FLOW, so we are excited to hear about the results. Her findings should help us increase habitat in our own spaces for these important pollinators.

 

One of Amber's sampling sites

One of Amber’s sampling sites

 

This webinar will be recorded. Please register at the link. The time is 6:00 – 7:00 pm, EDT, Monday, May 20, and there will be time for your questions.

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Melissodes desponsus, a long-horned bee

One of her favorites is this Melissodes desponsus, a long-horned bee

FLOW Native Plant Sale – Spring 2024

FLOW Native Plant Sale​ – Spring 2024

Support FLOW and get some new native plants through our plant sale with Riverside Native Perennials. FLOW will receive 33% of the proceeds from all sales. Order by May 8th. Use the promo code “FLOW” at checkout and select “fundraisers only” as delivery option. Pick up your plants Sat. May 11 from 12-3 pm at Sawmill Wetlands!

Click here to order your plants!

 

FLOW releases activity book for kids

FLOW’s New Watershed Activity Book for Kids

Teachers and home schoolers will enjoy using FLOW’s new activity book to teach young learners about the watershed and its care. Thanks to Maggie Guetschow for creating this 24 page book. It features informational pages that are paired with some fun activities for kids to complete, such as a tree planting maze, pollinator garden word search, and trash pickup “spot the differences”. Pdf versions are available for downloading and printing for use in the classroom. Click the headline or image above for the full book!

Sept. 18 Webinar – Debra Knapke on Fall Garden Management

FLOW is pleased to present Debra Knapke, The Garden Sage, as our Sept. 18 webinar speaker. Debra is an avid horticulturalist, teacher, author, and eclectic gardener, who shares her extensive knowledge of sustainable gardening with organizations all across the U.S.

As fall approaches it is very tempting to follow the established practices of garden and yard cleanup, but these common practices are not necessarily beneficial for wildlife and sustainability. Debra will share information on rethinking our fall garden cleanup as garden management, with ways we can work with nature instead of against her. She will share some of her favorite resources for those who want to learn more. Be sure to visit her website at http://debrathegardensage.com/

This webinar will not be recorded. Please register at the link. Time is 6:00 – 7:00 pm, EDT, and there will be time for questions.

 

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Fall asters

Native asters provide late season nectar for pollinators

 

fall foilage

Fallen leaves are an important resource for next year’s generation of beneficial insects

 

FLOW Fall Fundraiser – Perennials for Pollinators

Support our mission by participating in the FLOW fall fundraiser with Riverside Native Perennials.
Go to their page https://riversidenativeperennials.com/shop/
Order plants 🪴
Make sure to use the code FLOW. FLOW receives 33% of the sales!
You can pick plants up at the nursery or on September 16th from 10am-12pm at the Sawmill Wetlands, 2650 Sawmill Place Boulevard.
🍂 Fall is a great time to add plants to your gardens!
 

 

July 31 Webinar – David Tomashefski – A Time for Bumble Bees: Native Plants in the Garden and a Pollinator’s Life Cycle

 
 

“A Time for Bumble Bees: Native Plants in the Garden and a Pollinator’s Life Cycle”

Webinar July 31, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

 

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By David Tomashefski

This presentation uses the life cycle of bumble bees as a starting point for examining an assortment of native plants that are perfect for the home garden. We’ll look at the development of the bumble bee nest and see how the selected plants give the bees what they need – and vice versa – throughout the growing season. For each plant we’ll also examine other wildlife benefits that the plant provides, and see how features such as flower shape, nectar chemistry, and even stem diameter are ideally suited for supporting certain pollinators. And the sum-total of all of these specialized plant – animal interactions is a tremendous amount of biodiversity that we can all enjoy and care for in our yards.
 
Bio: I’m a lifelong nature enthusiast with a special interest in bird watching, Ohio plant communities, and gardening. I recently started working for Meadow City Native Plant Nursery, in Cleveland, as an Education Specialist. Prior to joining up with Meadow City I was a Research Associate in the Soil, Water, and Environmental Lab at OSU for 10 years. I have an MS in Natural Resources with a specialization in Ecological Restoration from OSU. I’m excited to be sharing information on native plants and pollinators with FLOW!

 

 

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