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.

GARDEN 101: Preserving Our Vital Pollinators

Saving Pollinators One Garden at a Time

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

So You Want to Keep Bees?

Robin HaglundGarden coach, speaker, writer and president, Garden Mentors® Inc.

Meet the Neighbors: Bees in NW Gardens

Paige Embry—Author, Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators

Pollinators are essential to our environment, necessary for the reproduction of 85% of the world’s plant species and essential to our food supply. But populations of some common pollinators have declined by 90% in the past two decades. Learn how you can help! NWF naturalist and NatGeo WILD host David Mizejewski shares how you can plant a beautiful garden that also helps declining pollinators. Robin Haglund will share her experiences on the trials and tribulations of beekeeping. And finally, local author Paige Embry talks about our native beeswho they are and how to recognize them. She’ll also share ways you can help bees both locally, by modifying your garden, and globally, by participating in citizen science projects like the Great Sunflower Project

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife

David Mizejewski—Naturalist at 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.”

Thursday, Feb 8 at 6:45 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Bring in the Native Bees for More and Better Fruit

Paige Embry—Author, Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators

Honey bees don’t do it all, especially not in home gardens. On chill, gray days when honey bees stay in, shivering in their hives, some of our native bees are out pollinating. Even city gardens can host a variety of native bees and making a home for them is much easier than keeping honey bees. Learn how inviting a variety of bees into the garden may produce not only more fruit, but better fruit too.

Friday, Feb 9 at 11:15 am / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

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

James Ullrich—Owner, 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 9 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage

Cultivating Life: Welcome Wildlife with a Healthy and Diverse Garden

Eileen M. Stark—Landscape designer, Second Nature Garden Design and author, Real Gardens Grow Natives

The essence of a successful garden lies not only in its ability to look beautiful, but also in its ability to humanely and ethically cultivate life. Trees, shrubs, butterflies and birds all need healthy habitat, but it’s becoming scarce. Gain sight of the wholeness potential of your garden, by questioning traditional gardening practices and rethinking “pest.” Using ecology principles discover how to welcome wildlife and natural processes without toxins and other hazards, and peacefully coexist with the animals we share the world with.

Friday, Feb 9 at 3:00 pm / Hood 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 10 at 5:45 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

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