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Week Five: Monarch Moments & More
Jul
23
12:15 PM12:15

Week Five: Monarch Moments & More

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"Landscaping For Butterflies" 
Speaker/Guide: Jeff Tome
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Jeff Tome, Senior Naturalist at the Audubon Community Nature Center, has been raising monarch butterflies every year since 2005, when he raised 200 to release at his wedding. Since then, he has organized his yard around native plantings for various caterpillars and learned to raise many other species of butterflies and moths. Jeff will discuss the factors and steps involved in landscaping for lepidopterans so that they can complete their entire lifecycle in your yard.


Jeff Tome is a 'perennial' BTG speaker at the Life Member Annual Luncheon, Brown Bag Lectures, Monarch Moments, Monarchpalooza and a BTG life member himself!  At the Audubon Community Nature Center for over 20 years, Jeff teaches programs, creates exhibits and works with all ages. He was instrumental in Audubon’s adopting of green energy solutions and was awarded the 2011 County Executive’s Award for Innovative Energy Initiatives. 

MONARCH MOMENTS AND MORE Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning on Mondays 12:15pm in Smith Wilkes Hall. Expanding beyond solely discussing Monarchs, settle in for a lecture about a topic related to the natural world with a wide range of interesting speakers. 

BUTTERFLIES AND BLOOMS program celebrates you - the gardeners in our audience who have adopted eco-friendly practices and have certified their gardens as monarch waystations with Monarch Watch. Prior to each Monarch Moments & More presentation, home owners will place a pin on their CHQ garden! 

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Week Six: Monarch Moments & More
Jul
30
12:15 PM12:15

Week Six: Monarch Moments & More

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"Your Friendly Local Pollinators"
Speaker/Guide: Mike McGrath
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

And guess who’s coming Week 6, Cats and Kittens! Mike McGrath, host of the nationally syndicated You Bet Your Garden and former editor of Organic Gardening, will give us the four-one-one on native bees and other local pollinators. Learn how to attract and identify them so your gardens will prosper! You definitely want to get an early seat for this guy - not only is he very knowledgable - he's a hoot! 


Mike McGrath is the host of the nationally syndicated
Public Radio show, "You Bet Your Garden".  His program is an hour of “chemical-free horticultural hijinks”, and airs every Saturday morning in Philadelphia, and at various times on other Public Radio stations across the nation. Mike is the Garden Editor for WTOP News Radio in Washington, DC and contributing editor and columnist for Greenprints magazine.  He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Organic Gardening magazine and author of books on tomatoes, compost, seed saving, and kitchen gardening.

MONARCH MOMENTS AND MORE Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning on Mondays 12:15pm in Smith Wilkes Hall. Expanding beyond solely discussing Monarchs, settle in for a lecture about a topic related to the natural world with a wide range of interesting speakers. 

BUTTERFLIES AND BLOOMS program celebrates you - the gardeners in our audience who have adopted eco-friendly practices and have certified their gardens as monarch waystations with Monarch Watch. Prior to each Monarch Moments & More presentation, home owners will place a pin on their CHQ garden! 

 

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Week Seven: Monarch Moments & More
Aug
6
12:15 PM12:15

Week Seven: Monarch Moments & More

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 "What Has a Tree Done For Your
Community Lately?"
Speaker/Guide: Lori Brockelbank
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Lori Brockelbank, certified arborist and project manager for the Davey Resource Group, will ask, “What Has a Tree Done for Your Community Lately?” Lori will focus on the impact of specific trees in Miller Park and the Arboretum, explaining how each has brought a different dynamic to its community from an ecological and physical perspective.


Lori Brockelbank turned her passion into a career over the past twenty years.  She works for Davey Resource Group. A graduate of SUNY Environment Science and Forestry with a Bachelor in Natural Resource Management, Lori has been a certified arborist for ten years and is president of the NYS ISA Chapter while also volunteering as the Tree Fund liaison and Certification liaison   She was awarded the Urban Forestry Partnership Award by the NYS DEC in 2014 for her leadership and how she sows the threads of professionalism into the fabric of each project. She has helped Jamestown Community College become the first community college in New York become a Tree Campus USA and has offered an internship at the college to help encourage the future generation to care for the trees in their community.   She has taught Master Gardeners in Chautauqua County on the care of trees and has recently expanded her share of knowledge to the Community Tree Stewardship program.

MONARCH MOMENTS AND MORE Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning on Mondays 12:15pm in Smith Wilkes Hall. Expanding beyond solely discussing Monarchs, settle in for a lecture about a topic related to the natural world with a wide range of interesting speakers. 

BUTTERFLIES AND BLOOMS program celebrates you - the gardeners in our audience who have adopted eco-friendly practices and have certified their gardens as monarch waystations with Monarch Watch. Prior to each Monarch Moments & More presentation, home owners will place a pin on their CHQ garden! 

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Week Eight: Monarch Moments & More
Aug
13
12:15 PM12:15

Week Eight: Monarch Moments & More

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"Strange Pollination Syndromes"
Speaker/Guide: John Wenzel, Ph.D.
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall
     

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Powdermill Nature Reserve’s Director, John Wenzel, Ph.D., will reprise his Chautauqua appearance with a talk on Strange Pollination Syndromes.  While bees and butterflies get most of the credit, there are many pollination systems that rely on other animals. John will examine several unusual systems, ranging from tight beneficial partnerships to exploitive interactions, and teach us about the evolutionary causes and consequences of these strange syndromes. Get here early because this guy can sell out Madison Square Garden! 


John Wenzel, Ph.DDr. Wenzel graduated Harvard College, Bachelor of Arts, with Honors in 1981 and received his PhD in 1988 from the University Kansas, Department of Entomology.  John’s studies of social insects include ants, bees, and wasps, with a focus on the evolution of complex behavior and the organization of work.  His career has taken him to many remote locations around the world, with more than three years in the field in tropical America and Africa, and a year in Europe. He has held positions at the University of Georgia, the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France, and at the American Museum of Natural History,New York.  John was with Ohio State Department of Entomology for 17 years. He served as Director of the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity for ten years. John joined the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in 2011, at Powdermill Nature Reserve, a 2,200 acre parcel in the Laurel Highland where he has built new education and research programs on forest regeneration and pollinator health. He is back with BTG after last year's exciting and intriguing lectures!

MONARCH MOMENTS AND MORE Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning on Mondays 12:15pm in Smith Wilkes Hall. Expanding beyond solely discussing Monarchs, settle in for a lecture about a topic related to the natural world with a wide range of interesting speakers. 

BUTTERFLIES AND BLOOMS program celebrates you - the gardeners in our audience who have adopted eco-friendly practices and have certified their gardens as monarch waystations with Monarch Watch. Prior to each Monarch Moments & More presentation, home owners will place a pin on their CHQ garden! 

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Week Four: Monarch Moments & More
Jul
16
12:15 PM12:15

Week Four: Monarch Moments & More

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"Flowers For Mom"  
Speaker/Guide: Elmore DeMott
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Photographer Elmore DeMott, will present Flowers for Mom, a series of daily photographs which is her artistic response to her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Elmore began photographing flowers in her mother’s honor in August of 2016 and finds hope and meaning in their beauty. This award winning fine art photographer's work is both poignant and meaningful. 

 


Elmore DeMott earned a degree in Math and Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University and has worked in both business and the arts. Currently she is most known for her photography's unique dramatic feel. Her work is featured in numerous publications and galleries as well as private and corporate art collections. She has been included in several juried shows each year, and finds inspiration in teaching and speaking about photography. As a mother of two daughters she has a passion for the arts and engaging new and young audiences.

MONARCH MOMENTS AND MORE Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning on Mondays 12:15pm in Smith Wilkes Hall. Expanding beyond solely discussing Monarchs, settle in for a lecture about a topic related to the natural world with a wide range of interesting speakers. 

BUTTERFLIES AND BLOOMS program celebrates you - the gardeners in our audience who have adopted eco-friendly practices and have certified their gardens as monarch waystations with Monarch Watch. Prior to each Monarch Moments & More presentation, home owners will place a pin on their CHQ garden! 

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Week Three: Monarch Moments & More
Jul
9
12:15 PM12:15

Week Three: Monarch Moments & More

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"From Boxwood to Bluestar, Peeking into Chautauqua's Formal and Not-So-Formal Gardens
Speaker/Guide: Betsy Burgeson, Supervisor of Landscapes and Gardens, Chautauqua Institution
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Beginning her 4th season as Chautauqua’s Supervisor of Gardens and Landscapes, Betsy Burgeson, will preview the Institution spaces featured on the 2018 BTG House & Garden Tour. Betsy’s incredible knowledge of Chautauqua’s flora will whet your appetite for this much anticipated biannual event which will occur on July 12th.

 


Betsy Burgeson earned a Bachelor of Science in earth science and biology education and a master’s in science secondary education at Fredonia State University. She then taught biology for seven years at Panama Central in southern Chautauqua County. Betsy, a “third-generation gardener,” became the Supervisor of Gardens and Landscapes at Chautauqua Institution in January 2015.

MONARCH MOMENTS AND MORE Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning on Mondays 12:15pm in Smith Wilkes Hall. Expanding beyond solely discussing Monarchs, settle in for a lecture about a topic related to the natural world with a wide range of interesting speakers. 

BUTTERFLIES AND BLOOMS program celebrates you - the gardeners in our audience who have adopted eco-friendly practices and have certified their gardens as monarch waystations with Monarch Watch. Prior to each Monarch Moments & More presentation, home owners will place a pin on their CHQ garden! 

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Week Two: Monarch Moments & More
Jul
2
12:15 PM12:15

Week Two: Monarch Moments & More

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"Chautauqua Lake: Informed by the Past,
A Look Ahead." 
Speaker/Guide: Jane Conroe, Conservationist
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Jane will present an overview of our beloved lake’s ecological past, present, and future with her talk entitled Chautauqua Lake: Informed by the Past, A Look Ahead. Retired science teacher, founding member of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, Jamestown Audubon Chairman, long time advocate for the protection of Lake Chautauqua.

Jane Conroe is a retired science teacher, founding member of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, Jamestown Audubon Chairman, long time advocate for the protection of Lake Chautauqua.


MONARCH MOMENTS AND MORE Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning on Mondays 12:15pm in Smith Wilkes Hall. Expanding beyond solely discussing Monarchs, settle in for a lecture about a topic related to the natural world with a wide range of interesting speakers. 

BUTTERFLIES AND BLOOMS program celebrates you - the gardeners in our audience who have adopted eco-friendly practices and have certified their gardens as monarch waystations with Monarch Watch. Prior to each Monarch Moments & More presentation, home owners will place a pin on their CHQ garden! 

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Jun
26
12:15 PM12:15

Week One: Monarch Moments

"Monarch Populations Beyond Eastern North America"  
Speakers/Guides: Adam Gollwitzer and students

Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

“Have you ever wondered if there are monarch butterflies in other parts of the world?  If so, how did they get there and are they just like those of North America? Prepared and presented by a team of students from Chautauqua Lake Central School who have participated in an in-depth study of monarch natural history, ecology, and behavior, this talk will give us the facts about monarchs that call other parts of the world home.


Adam Gollwitzer earned his BA in Geological Sciences and his MSEd in Science Education from SUNY at Buffalo (UB).  He has taught science for eleven years in urban and rural settings to students with a variety of learning needs. Mr. Gollwitzer is currently instructing at Chautauqua Lake Central School (CLSC) District. Mr. Gollwitzer is an active member of the National Science Teachers Association, New York State Outdoor Science Education Association, and the Council for Exceptional Children. BTG believes strongly in partnering with the local community and actively engaging young people in the pursuit of careers in science. We are proud to offer CLSC this lecture platform.

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