Alternative Seminars

Unfortunately we are not able to offer the live seminars in our store at this trying time.  As an alternative, the following bird and nature topics are available thanks to Wisconsin PBS' University Place.  Some of these are seminars from Wednesday Night at the Lab, Garden Expo from the past, and other university sponsored presentations.


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1) Song Birds in Your Woodlands


Yoyi Steele, Important Bird Areas Coordinator for WI Department of Natural Resources, and Mike Mossman, Forest Community Ecologist, Retired from the WI Department of Natural Resources, explain the connection between bird species and habitat. Steele and Mossman discuss which birds to look for on your property and how to manage your woodlands to create a successful habitat.


2) A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America


Michael Edmonds, Author of “Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America,” discusses how people in the Midwest relate to the birds around them. Birds have been worshipped, are the subject of folktales and fables, have been admired, and have provided food for humans.


3) Attracting and Raising Monarch Butterflies


Gae Bergmann, Master Gardener at the Dodge County Master Gardener Association, discusses how to attract monarch butterflies by planting milkweed. Bergmann explains the life stages of the butterflies and provides information for creating a habitat that attracts the insects.


4) Marvelous Monarch Butterflies


Judith Kesser, Member, Wild Ones, Milwaukee SW Wehr Chapter, explores the life cycle of monarch butterflies, their migration to Mexico and how to create desirable habitats.


5) Developing a Pollinator's Paradise


Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture, Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, explains how to create a garden that will attract butterflies and hummingbirds.


6) How to Attract Bluebirds


Patrick Ready, President, Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin, discusses ways to attract eastern bluebirds to your yard. Ready delves into bluebird habitats and nest box requirements.


7) Invasive Jumping Worms


Brad Herrick, an ecologist at the UW-Madison Arboretum, explains the basic biology of earthworms and how to identify different kinds. Herrick focuses on non-native, invasive species of jumping worms and discusses ways to prevent them from spreading from one environment to another.


8) Hummingbirds: From Your Yard to Costa Rica and Back


Bill Hilton, Jr., Operation Rubythroat The principal investigator for Operation Rubythroat, Bill Hilton, Jr., discusses the Hummingbird Project and hummingbirds as they fly from your backyard to Costa Rica and back. Learn about hummingbird banding, facts, ecology, behavior, how they stand in the big picture, and the connections between the United States and Costa Rica in terms of hummingbirds.


9) Outdoor Insect Hazards: Biting and Stinging Pests


PJ Liesch, Director of the Insect Diagnostic Lab at UW-Madison, explains which ticks and insects, found in Wisconsin, are dangerous to humans.


10) The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon


Stanley Temple, Professor Emeritus, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison, memorializes the hundredth anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The last surviving passenger pigeon died in a Cincinnati zoo in 1914. Temple traces the decline from billions of birds to one, to none.