Upcoming WOMM Winter Speaker Series
– Wednesday, January 17, 2024, 7:00PM, Zoom presentation – Link to recording below.
Chelsea Plimpton, WOMM Secretary/Treasurer & Lead Pollinator Biologist, will be presenting information on projects for which she is an educator and leader, encouraging “Monarch Butterfly Citizen Science Research Initiatives.”
Additional topics covered in the discussion will include monarch butterfly biology, endangered species status, habitat needs, and things you can do in your garden to support pollinators.
Chelsea will be walking viewers through the pollination process, monarch butterfly life cycle, and detailing citizen science projects from Monarch Joint Venture and Monarch Watch. Both organizations focus on the collection of vital monarch butterfly data.
She will be outlining not only the important milkweed species that monarchs favor that are native to the Midcoast Maine region, but also a list of additional woody and herbaceous plants that provide nectar for summer breeding and migrating monarch butterflies.
We hope that you enjoy a broad look at this iconic and important pollinator, as well as the useful and specific tips to take positive action in support of pollinators in your community.
Look for other upcoming WOMM presentations.
February 2024 POSTPONED. More adventures in our Wednesday Walks & Talks series announced soon.
New Date in September TBD, to prepare us for the Wild Ones Native Plants Sale, both at the Camden Public Library:
Amy Thomsen, WOMM Program Chair, MSW, MNRD, will present “Ecological Principles to Create Aesthetically Beautiful Wildlife Habitat Using Native Plants – No Matter Your Garden Size“.
This presentation is geared to any size yard or property, urban or rural.
We’ll begin with a brief overview of the ecological and environmental benefits and importance of using native plants in landscapes and gardens.
We’ll explore the differences between “cultivars,” “nativars” and “true native” plants, and each of their possible potential impacts on pollinators and wildlife.
Next we’ll enjoy a list of side-by-side photo comparisons of “Plant This, Not That,” identifying some basic alternative native species which make transitioning portions of your garden to natives easy. The native species in this section have been selected for their similar visual characteristics, bloom time and foliage shapes of often seen cultivars, but possess pollinator / wildlife enhancing qualities cultivars lack.
We will also discuss local nursery sources for safely grown native plants, and have some time for Q&A.
A Facebook Live will provide online access and a posted recording following the event.
Join with these experts as we learn how we can improve our landscapes and gardens, encouraging native plants and pollinators.
Wild Ones Midcoast Maine chapter’s Camden Native Plant Celebration & Sale is postponed until Fall of 2024.
Thank you to everyone who was interested in and supportive of our Camden Native Plant Celebration and Sale efforts. We are unable to reschedule this event this year, and in the interest of consistency and familiarity, we will continue with a Fall date, September 15, 2024.
Please consider a volunteer position with our chapter. Send a message: <[email protected]>
Pictured: Black Eyed Susan (rudbekia hirta) image by Lisa Looke, Wild Seed Project
Please Join Us September 15, 2024
CELEBRATION & SALE
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We are a native plant gardening group based in Camden and serving Midcoast Maine.
We promote environmentally friendly, sound landscaping to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities in Midcoast Maine.