Join us for a walking tour through the property of Eric & Angela Funk to see a buffer project and pollinator planting funded by Trees Forever. Joe Pyszka, Pheants Forever Illinois Farm Biologist, will discuss Pheasants Forever pollinator initiatives and address some of the challenges encountered with pollinator plantings. Elizabeth Burns from the US Dept of Agriculture APHIS program will share information about tree health and the variety of pests and other factors affecting our trees. Debbie Fluegel, Program Manager, will be discussing the Trees Forever programs, Illinois Buffer Partnership and Pollinator Habitat Conservation.
A variety of tree planting and protection methods as well as exotic species management tools and pollinator planting techniques will be exhibited. Monsanto's pollinator initiatives and projects at the Mason City plant will be highlighted. Attendees will also learn about funding resources and native seed/plant suppliers for conservation projects.
Numerous site features on the property will be highlighted including:
• Habitat Stack
• Honeybee Apiary Station
• Snags as Habitat
• Exotic Species Identification & Control
• Brush Piles
Dress for the weather, including application of bug repellant. There is no charge for this event and lunch will be provided.
Please register below by July 13 for meal count.