Sharing the Earth: Attracting Birds, Beneficial Pollinators and Other Wildlife

Sharing the Earth: Attracting Birds, Beneficial Pollinators and Other Wildlife

Gardeners are an essential resource for birds, pollinators and other wildlife—especially in urban areas where we are literally paving paradise. Simply put, plants are the primary food source for animals, and if gardeners foster more plant diversity through careful plant choices, wildlife will thrive.

Join some of the leading advocates for birds, wildlife and pollinators in these vital seminars and discover the simple steps that benefit wildlife in urban or suburban environments. Not only will you gain a more beautiful garden year round, but you’ll make the environment friendlier to our natural neighbors.

SHOW PREVIEW GUIDE

Be sure to download our full Show Preview Guide! It will be available online to download in December.

The show preview guide will include the full Seminar Schedule, Seminars by Category, as well are other show highlights and show info.

The Seminars by Category are listed in chronological order. Each of the seminars listed below will tell you the speaker name, seminar topic, seminar description, date, time, seminar location and if there is a book signing afterwards.

Please check the full Seminar Schedule for a full list of ALL our seminars.

The Mason Bee Revolution: Preserving Our Food Supply One Garden at a Time

Dave Hunter—Founder and owner of Crown Bees and co-author, The Mason Bee Revolution

Apiarist Dave Hunter is passionate about bees of all kinds – but especially the hard-working but underappreciated diminutive Mason Bee. He will share the assumptions we have with honey bees, compare this sophisticated insect with the gentler, solitary Mason Bees, and then provide gardeners with “how to’s” for success with both mason and leafcutter bees. You’ll discover differences between the honey-making bees and their superior pollinating cousins, the Mason bee.

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 5:45 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

The Bees and the Birds: Gardening for Orchard Mason Bees and Backyard Birds

James Ullrich—President, Wild Birds Unlimited, Gig Harbor

The Mason Bee is a non-aggressive pollinator native to our area. Learn about the Mason Bees’ needs, including proper housing, housing location, plants to attract Mason Bees into your yard, and maintenance of a colony during the pollination process. Discover how weather cycles affect our bees, predator issues, how to have a successful crop of bees and storing the bees from year to year. Jim will also include backyard bird winter activities and how you can encourage more winter birds.

Friday, Feb 24 at 10:00 am / DIY Stage

GARDEN 101: Paradise Paved – Restoring Vital Habitat for Wildlife

Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Gardens with Birds

John Marzluff, Ph.D.—UW Professor of Wildlife Science and author, Welcome to Subirdia

Bees, Birds, and Beyond: Eco-Gardening for Life

Eileen M. StarkLandscape designer, Second Nature Garden Design, photographer and author, Real Gardens Grow Natives

Must-Have Plants for Habitat Support

Richie Steffen—Curator, Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden and co-author, Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns

Our neighborhoods are getting more crowded. For every open space that is bulldozed, countless numbers of wildlife have lost their home and habitat—their nest, food and water sources, just gone. Gardeners are ‘first responders’ in helping wildlife recover from humankind’s encroachment. Join UW Professor of Wildlife Dr. John Marzluff, landscape designer Eileen Stark and horticulturist Richie Steffen as they share why we need to protect critically vital wildlife, how to get started, and what plants to include, including valuable native plants that not only support a diverse ecosystem but beautify your garden too.

Friday, Feb 24 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

How to Design Bee-Friendly Flower Gardens

Kate Frey—Designer and ecological gardening educator and co-author, The Bee-Friendly Garden

Flower-filled gardens make us happy and can support many species of bees and other biodiversity beneficial to our gardens. We all desire our gardens to be colorful and interesting for many months of the year, yet what flowers appeal to which bees—and why? How can we create plant compositions that work well in the garden and also cater to bees’ needs? This seminar offers many colorful examples of lush floral gardens that support bees.

Saturday, Feb 25 at 12:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife

David MizejewskiNaturalist with National Wildlife Federation and author, Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife

One of the joys of gardening is creating a beautiful, natural space that you and the backyard wildlife can enjoy. David loves sharing about creating wildlife-friendly gardens. Discover the four components of habitat – food, water, shelter and places to raise young, how to observe and enjoy wildlife and avoid critter-conflicts, the vital role of native plants in the garden, and tips sustainable gardening practices. Learn how to have your garden recognized as an official “Certified Wildlife Habitat.”

Saturday, Feb 25 at 6:45 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

GARDEN 101: Gardening for Pollinators

Making Your Garden Bee-Friendly

Kate Frey—Designer and ecological gardening educator and co-author, The Bee-Friendly Garden

Native Pollinators and the Plants They Need

Eric Lee-MäderPollinator Conservation Co-Director, Xerces Society and co-author, Gardening for Butterflies

Saving Pollinators One Garden at a Time

David Mizejewski—Naturalist with National Wildlife Federation and author, Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife

Pollinators are vital to our environment, necessary for the reproduction of 85% of the world’s plant species and critical to our food supply. Now populations of common pollinators have declined by 90% in the past two decades. Join National Wildlife Federation’s naturalist David Mizejewski, Xerces Society’s Eric Lee- Mäder and author/designer Kate Frey as they share the essential practices and best plants every gardener should use to support the declining populations of pollinators. You CAN make a difference for them right in your own garden.

Sunday, Feb 26 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

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