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Learning Opportunities

Living Harmoniously with Wildlife: Peter Reid, Wildlife in Crisis, (webinar), Tuesday, March 23, Noon - 1 pm

It is important for people to realize that every action they take, no matter how small, can mean the difference between life and death for the species that share the planet with us. Our own yards are the best place to start the change for the better. Register here

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With Bringing Nature Home, Doug Tallamy changed the conversation about gardening in America. His second book, the New York Times bestseller Nature’s Best Hope, urged homeowners to take conservation into their own hands. Now, he is turning his advocacy to one of the most important species of the plant kingdom—the mighty oak tree.

Oaks sustain a complex and fascinating web of wildlife. The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees… from woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards.


Gardening with Native Plants - Kim Eierman, March 5, 2021

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Are Alien Plants Bad? - Doug Tallamy February 23, 2021 7:00pm to 8:30pm . Presented by CISMA

In this webinar, Doug Tallamy will focus on the expense of fighting introduced plant invasions, and he will discuss how some people question the wisdom of battling ornamental invasives--after all, they argue, if an introduced plant helps a particular butterfly, bird, or bee, why not embrace it? Using data from several studies, Tallamy answers this and related questions, showing that we can determine the overall impact of introduced plants on our ecosystems only by comparing what is gained from their use with what is lost when they replace native plant communities. To register click here >

Living on a Few Acres: Vegetable Production. Wed, February 24, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

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Part of the series from Penn State Extension, this webinar will discuss multiple techniques and strategies for vegetable production! This beginner course will show you the skills and knowledge needed to start growing your own vegetables. Register for the event, $5


The Risks of a 'PERFECT' Lawn - Edwina von Gal. Presented by the Aspetuck Land Trust, February 25, 2021, 7 PM

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What comes to mind when you think of a "perfect" yard? Tidy, trim bright green grass? What if, instead, a perfect yard meant a yard that doesn't use harmful chemicals? Edwina von Gal, landscape designer and the founder of the Perfect Earth Project, works to promote toxin-free landscapes for the health of people, their pets, and the planet. Listen and learn how changing our understanding of "perfect" can mean a biodiverse, beautiful and affordable property.

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Buying Bee-Safe Plants: How You Can Help. Fri, February 26, 1pm – 3pm

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This interactive webinar focuses on how to find bee-safe plants for your pollinator gardens. You’ll walk out with tools for identifying pollinator-friendly growing practices in nurseries and greenhouses, a plan for how you can encourage your nursery to incorporate pollinator-friendly pest management into their business, and confidence in your capacity to make a difference.

The Virtual Hudson River

DEC's Hudson River estuary educators are offering students, teachers, caregivers, and families a virtual connection to the Hudson River. The Virtual River introduces the natural world of the Hudson through videos, interactive lessons, and activities for those now schooling from home. Watch live animals and enjoy riverside excursions online. Learn about eels, fish, climate change, Hudson River Valley geology, and much more. Sign-up for weekly updates on Hudson River topics at Virtual River Sign-up. You can find many other great resources for teachers and families on DEC's Education webpage which includes a link to DEC's Caregiver Resources While At Home. There are tips for transitioning into remote learning, quick family activities, environmental education lesson plans, nature activities and more. Explore them all!

Learning Bird Song with Tom Stephenson Thursday, March 11, 2021, 7:00 pm

Sponsored by all five Audubon chapters in Westchester: Bedford Audubon, Bronx River Sound Shore Audubon, Central Westchester Audubon, Hudson River Audubon of Westchester and Saw Mill River Audubon. Register for Zoom link & reminder emails: HTTPS://bit.ly/birdsong-mar2021

Go Native U at Westchester Community College is now accepting registration for their spring classes and seminars. These are top-notch, inexpensive learning opportunities, now delivered via Zoom. Sign up today!

Mt. Cuba Center - On Demand classes

Wide range of topics, such as Get the Dirt on Soil, Instant Butterfly Garden, Native Groundcovers: Living Mulch. Get tickets here.


Events

  • Hilltop Hanover Farm is now taking orders for their native plant sale from February 1 - March 19.

  • Ardsley Earth Day Month - April - May

The Earth needs more than a day! Stay tuned for lots of events planned for Earth Month!

  • World Bee Day 2021: May 20

Did you know? Bees are actually a democracy. They have debates when choosing a new home and each scout is given an equal platform. The votes end with a unanimous decision as each bee in the colony does its own research to verify the scout claims. The Queen remains impartial throughout the process.

  • National Pollinator Week 2021: June 21-27.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Interested in removing invasive plants along the South County Trailway and/or Hillside Woods preserve? Here is a calendar of invasive plant volunteer opportunities on the weekends. Contact Haven Colgate to sign up.

  • Calling all native plant gardeners, native landscape designers and master gardeners! We are looking for experienced gardeners with some know-how about pollinator gardening to be a Pollineighbor in our Ardsley Pollinator Pathway Project. Pollineighbors reach out to people who are starting pollinator gardens and need guidance, help, encouragement and support. It is a great way to meet people and make positive change neighbor by neighbor.

  • Interested in restoring habitat along the Saw Mill River on the South County Trailway? To learn more and how you can get involved click here.

  • Did you know we have a new wooded park along the Ardsley border that hugs the Saw Mill River? Chauncey Park is being born! If you are interested in volunteering for this exciting project click here to learn more.

  • The Ardsley Conservation and Environment Advisory Committee is seeking volunteers to help with Ardsley CAN by 2030! and the Ardsley Pollinator Pathway. If you are interested in helping to grow and support these exciting initiatives, please contact us.