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Our World, Your Choice Webinar Series – Managing Your Yard for Pollinators in Fall & Winter: Thursday, November 10, 6:30 pm

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Join us for the first in our continuing webinar series Our World, Your Choice which will feature a talk by Aaron Anderson of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation on how to manage your yard to support overwintering pollinators—native bees, butterflies, moths—and other insects like lightening bugs that hunker down and stay put when it gets cold. Aaron will discuss overwintering bee biology and some simple steps you can take to make your yard safe habitat for beneficial insects. Aaron works with the public and the Xerces staff to reduce pesticide use in residential landscapes, including promoting alternative pest control measures and pollinator-friendly gardening practices. Prior to joining Xerces in 2022, he researched pollinator conservation in urban landscapes, restored habitat for several endangered butterfly species, and worked in insect biocontrol. In 2021 he was an AAAS Mass Media Fellow at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he reported science and business stories. Aaron has a PhD from Oregon State University and lives in Oregon.  This series is co-sponsored by Norwalk Library, Rowayton Library, Norwalk River Watershed Association, Norwalk Land Trust, Norwalk Garden Club,  Rowayton Gardeners, and the Norwalk Pollinator Pathway and is supported by a grant from National Fish and Wildlife Service with funding provided by the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. EPA.

Wednesdays & Saturdays 9:30-11:30AM. Restoring the Gardens & Riverbank at Oyster Shell Park. Volunteers Needed for safe, outdoor, socially distanced, masked habitat restoration work for birds and pollinators! Join us along the Pollinator Pathway and the Norwalk River Valley Trail in Norwalk to help restore the riverbank and the gardens at Oyster Shell Park. Learn how to identify invasive plants and also the beautiful natives that support our native pollinators. Bring gloves, clippers, and a spade or shovel if possible. Meet at the playground on North Water Street near the intersection with Anne Street, between the Aquarium and the new mall. Make sure to register so we can notify you in case of cancellations. To register email Nancy at theperennialgardener@gmail.com.

This project is made possible in part by a grant from National Fish and Wildlife Service with funding provided by the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. EPA.
Volunteers Needed for Masked, Socially Distanced, Outdoor Project
The Ridgefield Pollinator Pathway is working on a 3-year meadow restoration project at town-owned McKeon Farm. Contact us at info@pollinator-pathway.org to join!
NRWA programs highlight the importance and features of the river and its watershed and ways people collectively and individually can improve the region. Programs are free, unless specified, but space may be limited; reservations are suggested. Call the leader listed or NRWA toll free at 877-NRWA-INFO (877-679-2463) for information, directions, and reservations. Hikers should always wear hiking shoes and bring water.