July 16 Chatham Conservation Partnership Meeting All About Pollinators!

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Red-banded hairstreak on rough goldenrod (Solidago rugosa).

Red-banded hairstreak on rough goldenrod (Solidago rugosa). Photo by Debbie Roos.

Bumble bee on red milkweed (Asclepias rubra).

Bumble bee on red milkweed (Asclepias rubra). Photo by Debbie Roos.

The Chatham Conservation Partnership (CCP) will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Holmes Meeting Room at the Chatham Community Library located at the Central Carolina Community College campus in Pittsboro, NC. The address is 197 NC Hwy 87 N, Pittsboro, NC 27312. The meeting will focus on Pollinators!

You do NOT need to register for this event. Just show up!

AGENDA:

9:00 a.m.
Welcome, CCP updates, and announcements from members

9:30 a.m.
Create a Pollinator Paradise
Debbie Roos, Agriculture Agent, Chatham County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension

Debbie will give a pictorial overview of North Carolina pollinators, highlighting the role of native bees and honey bees. Participants will learn about the principles of planting a pollinator garden and how to select trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, herbs, vines, and grasses to attract a diversity of pollinators. Participants will learn about the pollinator resources on her Growing Small Farms website.

10:00 a.m.
Break

10:15 a.m.
North Carolina’s Butterflies: Diversity and Life History
Harry LeGrand, Zoologist, NC Natural Heritage Program

Dr. LeGrand will highlight the diversity of butterfly species in our area and discuss the 4-stage life cycle, broods and flight periods, how species pass the winter, food plants of some species, and nectar plants that are good. He will finish with a tour of the Butterflies of North Carolina website.

11:15  am
Field Tour of the Pollinator Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills
Debbie Roos, Agriculture Agent, N.C. Cooperative Extension

Debbie will lead a tour of Cooperative Extension’s pollinator garden at Chatham Mills, featuring 160 different species, 85% of which are native to the piedmont of North Carolina.

12:00 p.m.
Adjourn

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Dr. Harry LeGrand has worked for the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program as a Vertebrate Zoologist for about 30 years and serves as the program’s authority on the conservation of rare vertebrate animals and their habitats statewide. He serves as a lead author on the biennial publication of the Natural Heritage Program List of the Rare Animal Species of North Carolina, which includes information on county distribution, habitat, status, and conservation rank of the state’s rare animal species. Harry has also served as principal investigator in numerous natural areas inventories which seek to discover and catalogue all of the rare plants, animals, and high quality natural communities within a county or region. He is a renowned expert in particular on birds, butterflies, dragonflies, plants, and natural communities that occur in North Carolina, and has helped lead the development of the Butterflies of North Carolina website that is widely known as the butterfly atlas for the state. Developed along with Tom Howard over the course of 22 years, this comprehensive website includes photos, maps, and information about all of the butterfly species that have been recorded in North Carolina. Harry also has helped develop and maintain similar online atlases for Dragonflies and Damselflies of North CarolinaBirds of North Carolina:  their Distribution and Abundance, and Mammals of North Carolina: their Distribution and Abundance. Harry even has a native plant named after him, the Oak Barrens Barbara’s Buttons (Marshallia legrandii)!

Since 2001 Debbie Roos has been an Agriculture Agent for the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension where she is responsible for programming in the areas of commercial vegetable production, organic production, pollinator conservation, alternative agricultural enterprises, forestry, and beekeeping. Debbie worked for three years as an agroforestry Extension agent and technical trainer for the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, and later completed graduate degrees in applied anthropology and horticulture at the University of Florida. Debbie delivers educational programming to growers through regular workshops and her award-winning Growing Small Farms website. Debbie is passionate about pollinator conservation and has planted demonstration habitats and developed resources to teach others about the importance of bees and other pollinators to our agriculture ecosystem.