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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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Aug
3
12:15 PM12:15

Life Member's Annual Luncheon

Location: Athenaeum Hotel ~ Gather at Noon
Program: "The Arboretum:  Honoring our Roots of the Past to Grow the Canopy of the Future"  
Guest lecture: Lori Brockelbank, Certified Arborist   
Fee: Lunch and program are $37 payable to the Chautauqua BTG via check or credit card. Reservations by July 16.  This event is open to Life Members only. Guests are by invitation of BTG.                                                                           

BTG's Life Member Annual Luncheon is an opportunity to honor Life Members whose contributions help the Bird, Tree, and Garden Club continue its mission. Our gathering allows us to remember our tradition of education and conservation and to share information about new opportunities and projects being undertaken by the Bird, Tree, and Garden Club. This year's luncheon will feature a lively talk and slide show presentation by Lori Brockelbank, providing the audience with greater understanding of BTG's Arboretum - it's historic and arbor past along with recommendations for how we can care of this space well into the next 100 years. 

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.

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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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Jul
18
4:15 PM16:15

Week Four: Garden Workshop

"Slippery, Slimy, Creepy or the Good and
the Ugly" 
Speakers/Guides: Melinda Wolcott and Chris Flanders
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Get up close and personal for a demonstration and lecture by two master gardeners who have a whole lot of professional expertise, academic credentials and practical knowledge in the gardens.  More importantly, they have a great delivery style and don't take themselves too seriously. Melinda and Chris will regale the audience with tips, tricks and techniques and much more. They're BTG's version of NPR's "Click and Clack" - and you're really going to learn something!  Join us for this interactive demonstration.


Melinda, a BTG life member from California in the off season and from Magnolia in the summertime, is a well trained flower arranger, gardener and a new winery owner in CA. Melinda lectures on many gardening topics and is a well published writer on gardening in the trade magazines. 

Chris, a lifelong resident of this county, attended CHQ since the 1960s and full time for the past five years. An avid sailor, retired Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, former horse breeder and trainer, Chris achieved Master Gardener certification in 2013. As a board member of BTG she has found her home base in CHQ with the BTG and holds many roles as Chair of Butterflies and Blooms, garden lecturer and tour guide of the newly renovated Arboretum. 

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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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Jul
12
12:00 PM12:00

2018 BTG HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR

Little Journeys to the Homes of Chautauquans
Tickets: $30

The first Chautauqua House Tour was sponsored by the Chautauqua Bird, Tree and Garden Club in 1954 to raise funds for its many gardens and educational programs. BTG has continued to sponsor this popular self-guided walking tour on an every other year basis with next year’s event marking our 32nd. tour. The July 12, 2016 tour will include some of the historic old cottages, but also many new or newly renovated homes on the north end, including the President's Cottage.

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Jul
10
12:15 PM12:15

Week Three: Brown Bag Lecture

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"Chautauqua Architectural”
Speaker/Guide: Bob Jeffrey
Architect, Institution Architecture Review Board Chair, Institution Trustee, Entrepreneur
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

This lecture will explore the unique development of Chautauqua’s architecture as it relates to the summer tour.  There will be a focus on the styles of the homes that will be toured and the unique changes in the development pattern from original cottages, to post WW II suburban style homes, to the recent return to the original cottage type of development.  Learn what changes in society and inventions fueled these changes in the development patterns.


Bob Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Miami Univ. and a Masters in Architecture Specializing in Historic Preservation from Kent State. Bob is the president of two businesses, Maviro Corp. and Town Improvement Assn. Inc. which specialize in the renovation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. He currently servers or recently has served on St. Petersburg  Community Preservation Board, President and board member of the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Assn., board member of the Grand Central Distric Assn., co-chair of the Central Avenue Council, representative, CPOA, chair of the Architectural Review Board, and Trustee of Chautauqua Institution.  He has been honored with a number of awards including Preservationist of the Year 2002 and 2013 by St. Petersburg Preservation and the Award of Excellence in 2008 by the Tampa Bay American Institute of Architects.

BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature!

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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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Arboretum Re-Dedication
Jul
8
2:00 PM14:00

Arboretum Re-Dedication

Location: The Arboretum 2:00 - 2:30pm 

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BTG's Arboretum has undergone extensive renovation over the past 3 years. Join us as the Rev. Maureen Rovegno leads a service re-dedicating this historic nature grove similar to the original ceremony 100 years ago! The Arboretum will be featured in the July 12 BTG House and Garden Tour.

Learn more about the Arboretum by visiting chautauquabtg.org and clicking on The Arboretum

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Jul
3
12:15 PM12:15

Week Two: Brown Bag Lecture

"A Wilder Garden: The Natural World of Laura Ingalls Wilder”
Speaker/Guide: Marta McDowell
Garden Author, Instructor, Historian
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Join "BTG Perennial' author Marta McDowell presenting her newest book “A Wilder Garden: The Natural World of Laura Ingalls Wilder”. Marta will share lessons of the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House on the Prairie books. Discover the world of prairie, forest, farm, garden, and natural history of this beloved American children’s author.


Marta McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden where she has been twice awarded "Instructor of the Year." She consults for private clients and public gardens. Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Woman’s Day, Country Gardening and The New York Times.  Her first book Emily Dickenson’s Garden came out in 2005. Marta won a 2014 Gold Award from the Garden Writers Association for her book Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. Her 2015 book on the history of American gardening as seen through the White House grounds is called All the Presidents’ Gardens, which was on the New York Times bestsellers list.

BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature!

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Week One: Purple Martin Chat
Jun
29
4:15 PM16:15

Week One: Purple Martin Chat

Speaker/Guide: Jack Gulvin
Location: Lakeside between the Miller Bell Tower and the Sports Club at the Purple Martin Houses

Take a seat at the picnic tables and join in on this 'all age' participative event. After a brief introduction about Purple Martins, the group observes Jack's maintenance, tracking and care of the purple Martin houses and inhabitants. The house is lowered, a nest is seen by all, and a nest change usually done - lean in! Photos welcome.  Learn about these birds migration, habitat, life cycle and predators. Questions are answered until 5 PM. The Purple Martins begin their migration mid-season back to Brazil so make sure to get to the talk early - and often! These amazing birds grow before your very eyes - and yes, birds can be touched! 


Jack learned about plants and birds as a teenager from Jamestown Audubon specialists Gib Burgeson and Bob Sundell and that set him on his path to earning a BS in Forest Management at Syracuse. He was employed by the US Department of the Interior for 13 years working in parks with diverse a landscape from Yellowstone, Grand Teton to Cuyahoga Ohio. A nationally known expert on Purple Martins, he attends to dozens of houses on the Institution grounds and throughout Chautauqua County, carefully charting out their records per house. Jack's knowledge of his subject matter and friendly manner make him an ideal speaker/guide for all ages. Join in on a Nature Walk at 9:15 Friday mornings starting at Smith Wilkes Hall and then meet up again lakeside between the Bell Tower and Sports Club at the Purple Martin houses at 4pm.

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Appreciation Lunch
Jun
22
12:00 PM12:00

Appreciation Lunch

Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

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BTG's board host a hearty lunch with thanks for the Chautauqua Landscape and Garden, Woods and Grounds Crews, nature presenters, 'perennial speakers', The Chautauquan Daily reporter, and other Institution friends of BTG in recognition and appreciation of their services provided through the season and in support of our mission. 

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Aug
15
12:15 PM12:15

Week Eight: Brown Bag Lecture

Floral Design For Summer  
Speaker/Guide: Melinda Wolcott
National Garden Club Inc. Flower Show Judge and Award Winning Floral Designer, Winery Owner
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Melinda’s lecture and demonstration will include four floral designs using materials easily found on the grounds, in your gardens, and at local vegetable stands.  The elements and principles of design will be used to enhance understanding and practical application for your designs.  The designs wil be simple to master and fun to have on your porch or dining table. Linda has a creative yet classic flair for design - and a sense of humor to match. 

 


Melinda Wolcott has spent her summers on Lake Chautauqua her entire life.  As a National Garden Club Inc. Flower Show Judge, she is an award winning floral designer and instructor of Floral Design.  Having lived in England, Italy, and Singapore, she brings her experiences from living abroad into her designs. She also owns a winery in California.  

 

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Aug
2
2:30 PM14:30

Week Six: Gardening Workshop

Succulents to the Rescue
Speakers/Guides: Chris Flanders and Melinda Wolcott
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall


Tired of watering, snipping, dead heading? Succulents help bring new life to your containers; or for that matter begin the season with succulents. They do bloom, can grow in the same pots as non succulents and containers are a great hiding and thriving
place for those Christmas Cactus you have no idea what to do with all summer. They are your new best friends - the way you'll feel about Chris and Melinda at the end of this demonstration!.


From California in the off season and from Magnolia in the summertime, Melinda, a BTG life member,  is a well trained flower arranger, gardener and a new winery owner in CA. While living in Connecticut, she was a speaker on many gardening topics and a well published writer on gardening in the trade magazines. 

Chris, a lifelong resident of CHQ county, attended CHQ since the 1960s and full time for the past four years. An avid sailor, retired Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, former horse breeder and trainer Chris achieved Master Gardener certification in 2013. As a board member of BTG she has found my home base in CHQ and holds dual roles as Chair of Butterflies and Blooms and garden lecturer.

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Mushroom Sandwich Sale
Jul
28
11:30 AM11:30

Mushroom Sandwich Sale

Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

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Lucky Lucky Day! Every 2 years BTG serves up the infamous 'Mushroom Sandwiches'. This delicacy / 'secret recipe' is a cult classic. Come to Smith Wilkes Hall at 11:30am - sell out. A complete lunch is $10 including a drink, chips, fruit and dessert. Musical entertainment is provided by the Dixie Lakesiders and there's plenty of room to dance! If you've never had a mushroom sandwich - please don't miss out. If you've been waiting for their return for the past 2 years, come early before they're sold out! 

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Jul
26
2:30 PM14:30

Week Five: Gardening Workshop

To Err is Human -- and Still be a Diva
Speaker/Guide: Melinda Wolcott and Chris Flanders
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall


TO ERR IS HUMAN AND STILL BE A DIVA
Join Melinda and Chris for this demonstration about Garden Design. It is not too late to fix that boring corner and add curb appeal to the ubiquitious garden. Elements and Principles of design applied to your garden will bring the admiration to your garden it deserves!

 


From California in the off season and from Magnolia in the summertime, Melinda, a BTG life member,  is a well trained flower arranger, gardener and a new winery owner in CA. While living in Connecticut, she was a speaker on many gardening topics and a well published writer on gardening in the trade magazines. 

Chris, a lifelong resident of CHQ county, attended CHQ since the 1960s and full time for the past four years. An avid sailor, retired Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, former horse breeder and trainer Chris achieved Master Gardener certification in 2013. As a board member of BTG she has found my home base in CHQ and holds dual roles as Chair of Butterflies and Blooms and garden lecturer.

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Monarchpalooza!
Jul
13
12:00 PM12:00

Monarchpalooza!

Location: Lincoln Park Noon - 3:30pm (Rain site is at Smith Wilkes Hall)

Join BTG's experiential learning event. Travel thru stations, learning about every stage of the monarch life cycle.  Observe and explore egg laying, larve, chrysalis, to the Monarch's full glory. Join BTG guest lecturer Lori Stralow Harris at Lincoln Park with a hands-on, interactive series of live species.  Docents will facilitate observation, provide commentary, help participants to measure each monarch caterpillar instar, investigate their mouthparts and bite patterns, observe chrysalides, and hand-feed adult butterflies. Engage in this unique exciting guided discovery.

The event culminates when you enter a 20'x10' tent of monarchs. They'll land on you if you wish and can be fed by hand. Plenty of chance for Q and A all along the way. Pick up a magnifying glass and Be Amazed! 

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Native Plant Sale
Jun
27
1:30 PM13:30

Native Plant Sale

The BTG is Returning to it’s Roots with their Native Plant Sale 1:30pm-4:30pm.
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall and Garden

  • We have the right plant for you whether you are working on your home garden or woodland.  On offer are varieties of native plants and shrubs for shade or sun gardens. 
  • We know that beauty alone is no longer enough.  Native plants play an important role in our ecosystem.  You will not only create beautiful gardens but also conserve resources.  In a small but significant way these amazing perennial native plants will help keep our environment friendly, safe and welcoming for generations to come via sustainable growing practices. Experienced master gardeners are at hand and ready to answer your questions.
  • Here are 5 reasons to plant native:
  1. Save on water, fertilizer and improve water quality
  2. Provide habitat and food for wildlife
  3. Safe for visiting bees and butterflies
  4. Native plants are disease resistant
  5. Restore a balanced local ecology

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Jun
26
11:30 AM11:30

Native Plant Sale

The BTG puts down it’s Roots with their Native Plant Sale 11:30am - 7:30pm.
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall lakeside patio

  • We have the right plant for you whether you are working on your home garden or woodland.  On offer are varieties of native plants and shrubs for shade or sun gardens. 
  • We know that beauty alone is no longer enough.  Native plants play an important role in our ecosystem.  You will not only create beautiful gardens but also conserve resources.  In a small but significant way these amazing perennial native plants will help keep our environment friendly, safe and welcoming for generations to come via sustainable growing practices. Experienced master gardeners are at hand and ready to answer your questions.
  • Here are 5 reasons to plant native:
  1. Save on water, fertilizer and improve water quality
  2. Provide habitat and food for wildlife
  3. Safe for visiting bees and butterflies
  4. Native plants are disease resistant
  5. Restore a balanced local ecology

Questions: email a Master Gardener at chautauquabtg@gmail.com

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Aug
16
12:15 PM12:15

Week Eight: Brown Bag Lecture

Dragonflies & Damselflies of a Restored Pennsylvania Wetlands
Speaker/Guide: Dennis M. McNair
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

In the early 1990s, an old cornfield was restored to its historic wetland status, with large and small ponds excavated and diked, and native vegetation returned. Once the habitat was established, Dennis McNair, emeritus biology professor at University of Pittsburgh, began monitoring the birds, plants and insects as they returned. He gave special attention to the establishment of odonate (dragonfly and damselfly) species. The effort verifies "if you build it, they will come."

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Jun
30
4:00 PM16:00

Dedication of the Ryan Kiblin Memorial Stormwater Park

Celebration at Ryan Kiblin Memorial Stormwater Park
Location: behind Norton Hall

Join the Bird, Tree & Garden Club for a special celebration of the Ryan Kiblin Memorial Stormwater Park Thursday, June 30 at 4 p.m. across from Lenna Hall. The BTG and other generous Chautauquans established an endowment for the park’s future care and maintenance in honor of the life and work of Chautauqua’s late Supervisor of Gardens and Landscapes, Ryan Kiblin. Community members are invited to celebrate with Kiblin’s friends and family at a brief program with light refreshments.

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