Spring Into Gardening

Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: In the comfort of your home or wherever you may be!

Registration: Registration is required. Please register by Friday, February 26th. Click here to register for the ZOOM meeting.    

This Week's Program:

Have you been dreaming of spring, thinking of starting a garden, or wondering how to attract more bees and butterflies to your current garden? Join Cecilia and Maggy, members of the Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) to learn about what goes into planning a pollinator and rain garden project. The Squam Lakes Association (SLA) has been working over the past few years to encourage more pollinators such as monarch butterflies by planting native plants such as milkweed. This spring and summer the SLA is making the pollinator garden a priority and working to have it serve a dual purpose as a rain garden as well.

Saving the bees has been an increasingly popular topic in conversations about gardening in recent years. While bees are an essential part of a healthy ecosystem, they are not the only animals that are important for creating a healthy and beautiful garden and ecosystem. The use of pesticides and loss of habitat for pollinators as well as the use of nonnative species in urban and agricultural landscapes has resulted in a huge decline of the species present in the typical garden. Attracting pollinators is not only beneficial for garden health but also provides a source of interest in itself. The more diverse the garden is, the more pollinator species will be attracted and the more exciting it will be to sit and observe the comings and goings of a variety of insects, birds, and other critters.

Rain gardens use soil and native plants in order to capture rain water. The one located at the SLA will capture the runoff from the road above the campus and absorb it into the ground for use by the plants instead of going into the lake. This will help to reduce the amount of detrimental suspended solids (such as phosphorus and nitrogen) that run into the lake. These nutrients have caused eutrophication and algal blooms which are unhealthy for swimmers, fish and lake plants.

Audience: Anyone interested in gardening.

Materials: This Adventure Ecology will take place over Zoom, so all participants should have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection.

This Week's LRCC Presenters: 

Hi! My name is Cecilia and I grew up on a little farm in Washington state which instilled a love for animals and the environment.  At Gonzaga University I discovered a genuine love for ecology both in and out of the classroom.  It was in the discovery of rock climbing during my first year of college that I decided to pursue a life plan that includes outdoor activity with the study of ecology and conservation. Throughout college I was able to get started working in research laboratories investigating the courtship glands in the skin of Ensatina eschscholtzii salamanders, and the potential use of fungi to control the spread of wildfires across the grasslands of the Pacific Northwest. I cannot wait to spend the next year with SLA, learning about conservation, environmental education, and hopefully NH plant identification!

Hi there, I’m Maggy and I hail from New York, though the Granite State has been my stomping grounds for the last couple of years.  Before joining the LRCC, I studied sustainability, worked closely with wildlife and trained assistance dogs for those seeking greater independence in their daily lives.  On a day off I love kayaking, bird watching, star gazing, and a good bagel. I’m excited to continue doing conservation work with the SLA and educate the community on how we can preserve and protect the Squam watershed!

SLA's Adventure Ecology Programs:

Throughout the year, the Squam Lakes Association offers free programs open to the public on a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the Lakes Region Conservation Corps members who spend their year on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association's mission. For more information about the SLA's educational programs please click here or call our office at (603) 968-7336.

Lakes Region Conservation Corps

The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind the Squam Lakes Association’s conservation efforts. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and numerous certifications over a broad range of areas, which ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species from the Squam watershed, manage and act as caretakers at our backcountry campsites, maintain the SLA’s 50+ miles of trails, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, spearhead reports on conservation efforts, lead SLA volunteer crews and ensure the daily functioning of the Squam Lakes Association’s programs. Click here to learn more about LRCC.

 

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