The demise of insect & bird populations around the world is due primarily to the use of synthetic herbicides and the fragmentation & destruction of native wildlife habitats. Birds feed on native insects; native insects feed on native plants, and native plants rely on insect pollination to survive. Estimates are that over ninety percent of native plants have unique relationships with specific insects for pollination – without whom they would not be able to reproduce. The pollinator/plant relationship is not only critical for those plants and insects – but also for the web of bird & animal life they support.
This talk will use two examples of local plant/pollinator relationships: monarchs & milkweed and swallowtails and their species-specific host plants to discuss this topic. I’ll leave ample time for questions & answers to help everyone in the audience better understand why we need to use native plants and how to use them in traditional lawn & garden environments to best support pollinators & birds.
To attend this workshop, please email [email protected] and include the Garden Design to Support Pollinators & Birds in the subject heading. You will be registered and will receive a zoom link to the workshop.
Larri Cochran short bio:
Larri Cochran offers consulting & design services for sustainable gardens and habitats which support pollinators, birds, other native animal species and native plants. She teaches design workshops throughout the region and manages habitats for clients in both urban and rural settings. She is a certified horticulturist and Landscape for Life Trainer, co-directs the Northampton Community Garden, and is currently co-president of the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association.