2011-05-12 / Outdoors

KWWF, author to present workshop on ‘Birdscaping’

Learn how to increase the number and variety of birds in your yard by growing native plants offering natural habitat and a year-long smorgasbord of berries, nuts, and seeds, as author Mariette Nowak presents a workshop, “Birdscaping,” at the Kirtland’s Warbler Wildlife Festival’s Friday Workshop on May 20 at Kirtland Community College.

Nowak is the author of the book, “Birdscaping in the Midwest.” She is also the past director of the Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County, where she served for 18 years. An avid birder, Nowak is a board member of the Wisconsin Society of Ornithology. In addition, she is an active member and past vice-president of the Wild Ones natural landscaping organization, as well as serving on the Park Committee in Walworth County and the Town of Troy Planning Commission.

This year’s Friday workshop starts at 9:30 a.m. on May 20, breaking for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. There will then be an afternoon portion from 1-3 p.m. This is a day prior to the Kirtland’s Warbler Wildlife Festival on May 21, which is also held on the Roscommon campus.

The morning session will include a one-hour PowerPoint presentation on “Birdscaping,” and will focus on learning how to increase the number and variety of birds in your yard by growing native plants offering natural habitat and a year-long smorgasbord of berries, nuts and seeds. According to Nowak, gardeners can play a vital role by restoring and preserving native communities, which support not only birds but other wildlife, including butterflies, bees and bats.

The morning presentation will be followed by a campus walk to show and discuss plants useful in landscaping.

There will be another PowerPoint presentation on “Your Yard Can Make a Difference” in the afternoon. The afternoon talk will discuss the research that proves what people can accomplish through natural landscaping with native plants.

Cost of the workshop is $25 and includes lunch, as well as festival button for entrance to the KWWF the following day. Pre-registration is required. For information or to register, contact Lynn Taylor at the Kirtland House conference center at lynn.taylor@kirtland.edu or 275-5000, ext. 418.

Nowak will also be in the KCC Bookstore, located in the Student Center, on the day of the festival, May 21, to sign copies of her book.

For information or a complete festival schedule, visit warbler.kirtland.edu or call 275-5000, ext. 266.

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