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Online workshop: Native plants as insect habitat
July 10, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 amFree
With ecologist Charley Eiseman
Join us online for an intimate look at plant and animal interactions with renowned ecologist Charley Eiseman. Charley has discovered and described many new insects and is responsible for documenting many newly discovered plant-animal relationships.
Each native plant species has a suite of host-specific insects that depend on it for food. Even allowing a single “weed” to grow in your garden can significantly increase its habitat value, and choosing to plant native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers will make your yard teem with life. Using a number of common New England plants as examples, Charley will introduce us to a number of interesting insects, their natural history, and signs of their presence to look for on their host plants. His close-up photos will provide an unusual perspective on the tiny animals that are going about their lives right under our noses.
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Charley Eiseman is a freelance naturalist based in western Massachusetts. He has been conducting plant and wildlife surveys and natural resource inventories throughout New England for the past twenty years, as well as teaching courses and workshops on interpreting animal tracks and sign (both vertebrate and invertebrate). He holds an MS in Botany (Field Naturalist) from the University of Vermont and a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and Management from the University of Massachusetts. Charley is the author of Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates (Stackpole Books, 2010), Leafminers of North America (self-published e-book, 2019), and an insect-themed blog called BugTracks. He has also published around 40 scientific papers on insect natural history, including the description of over 60 new species. Learn more at charleyeiseman.com.