Encouraging Indigenous Wildlife–Insects to Birds–in the Garden
November 7, Monday, 7:00 pm.
[a second showing of our Sept. 14 program] Pete Haggard will present the story of how he and his wife Judy, over a period of 45 years, turned their dryland pasture in Fieldbrook into a food garden and native plant and wildlife garden. He will share their garden successes as well as their failures. Pete has documented the increase in pollinators to include over 50 species of native bees and many species of butterflies. He notes that as he and Judy increased slug and snail predator beetles in the garden their pest problems significantly decreased. Pete is the Garden Chair for our North Coast Chapter. He and Judy co-authored Insects of the Pacific Northwest, an essential field guide. Register on Zoom to join from home, or gather in person at Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., Arcata. Note earlier time.
From the Neotropics to the California Floristic Province, a plant journey seeking to understand plant diversification
November 9, Wednesday, 7:30 pm.
Dr. Oscar Vargas, botany professor at Cal Poly Humboldt, will describe his past research into tropical South American plants and what they reveal about speciation and diversification. He will also discuss his current research into the geography of California native plants, including specific native plants that his research group is studying. His lab is dedicated to investigating questions about the evolution of biodiversity hotspots, from the Amazon to the California Floristic Province.