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Septmeber 2010 - News & Events

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Next Saturday!!!
NANPS Northumberland County Fall Prairie Tour Saturday September 25th, 2010
Don't blow your chance to roam the wild prairie! Order your tickets today
NANPS AGM & Fall plant sale
October 2, 2010, 12 - 4:30 p.m.
Canada Room, Markham Civic Centre
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, author of The Silence of the Songbirds & The Bird Detective
* Paul McGaw Memorial Conservation Awards * Garden/Restoration Awards *
* Election of 2011 Board of Directors * 2009 Year in Review *
* Volunteer of the Year Award * Guest Speakers * Native Plant Sale * Silent Auction *
* Refreshments * Good Company *
In honour of NANPS Silver Anniversary, please bring a flower or frond from a native plant to add to our Anniversary Bouquet or create a Silver Anniversary centrepiece for your table...using native species of course! Prizes will be awarded so use your imagination! Check out the competition
We are always looking for new bloodroot - please consider running for a position on the illustrious Board. Nominate yourself!
You are encouraged to bring seeds (labeled) from your garden to donate to the seed exchange.
Speaking of Seed Exchange...

Native Seed Collection Workshop

Saturday October 23, 2010
Rouge Valley Conservation Centre,1749 Meadowvale Road, Scarborough
Co-sponsored by: Rouge Valley Foundation & the North American Native Plant Society Instructor: Gavin Trevelyan
Please join us for an instructive 3 hour workshop covering collection ethics, techniques, timing, safety, seed storage, and life cycles & seed collection walk. Participants will have the option of completing a mail-in test to obtain a Certificate jointly administered by the Sponsoring organizations. Space is limited.
Bringing Nature Home with Douglas Tallamy
Wednesday October 27, 7:30 p.m.
Discover the important ecological roles plants play in our landscapes.
Lecture presented in partnership with the North American Native Plant Society. NANPS members only $10!!!
Non-NANPS Public $20, students (with valid ID) $15, TBG members free. Door sales only, limited seating. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Attend, get informed, fired up and ready to respond to the upcoming January lecture: "When Native Plants Are Not the Answer" with Belinda Gallagher from the RBG. The Scoop ponders..."then what is?" In the next issue of The Local Scoop, let's explore the possibilities. Other Trellis Fall Events (TBG)
Coming soon...
Shining Tree Woods - garlic mustard/tree survey in late October - mid November (date to be determined by weather).
Other Events, courses, and workshops
Ajax in Bloom Awards Presentation
Speaker: Christina Sharma - Founder and Director of Project CHIRP!

Presentation and film shoot (documentary on migratory songbirds)
Thursday Sept. 23, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
Carruthers Marsh Pavilion, 55 Ashbury Blvd., Ajax
For the Fungi at heart...
Wild Mushrooms in Not-So-Wild Places with Richard Aaron
Wednesday, September 29, 7 to 9 p.m.
Toronto Botanical Garden
Take a virtual tour of some of the species of mushrooms that can be found in Toronto - in parks, woodlots, ravines and right in your own backyard! Learn about the crucial roles mushrooms play in the environment and be regaled by fascinating tales of how urban-dwelling mushrooms go about their daily lives.
Public $30.09; members $23.01

Check out Richard's fungi feast of fall courses/workshops
LEAF - Quick & Easy Tree I.D.
Sunday October 3, 1 to 3 p.m.
U of T (SW corner of Willcocks & Huron St.)
Learn the tricks of the trade with Chris Gooderham, Urban Forest Ecologist. This workshop will give you an insider's view into the best techniques for identifying the trees in your neighbourhood. Perfect for those who would like to build on their own urban forest knowledge-beginners and intermediates alike.
Cost: $15 for the public, and $5 for those who have taken LEAF's Tree Tender Volunteer Training. Details of this event and others
Walk and Talk about Using Native Plants with Liz Hood
Wednesday, October 6, 10 a.m. to noon
Toronto Botanical Garden
Join the TBG's Director of Education on an easy walk through the TBG gardens to learn about the benefits and challenges of working with the wild cousins of nursery cultivars. You'll learn about ideal plants for sun and shade, where to find sources for plants, and how to intermix native plants in your garden. This is a great course for backyard birders, wildlife gardeners, naturalists and plant enthusiasts. Come dressed for the weather as this course will be held outdoors. Public $30.09; members $23.01
Songbirds and Migration: Making the Connection Thursday, October 7, 7 - 9 p.m. Free event Speakers: Christina Sharma (Project CHIRP!), Dr. Bridget Stutchbury (York University). Dr. Robert Rice is a research scientist and coordinator of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center's Bird Friendly® coffee certification program. Details
Mushrooms on the Moraine Saturday October 9, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Koffler Scientific Reserve at Joker's Hill, 17000 Dufferin St., King City Learn to identify many of the fascinating mushrooms and other fungi found on the Oak Ridges Moraine with Richard Aaron. Suitable for all levels of experience. Details
Finding the Forest for the Trees
Sunday October 10, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Koffler Scientific Reserve at Joker's Hill, 17000 Dufferin St., King City
More than the sum of its parts, a forest is a complex community whose members struggle for light, water and minerals. Listen to Dr. Sean Thomas, U of T professor of forest ecology, tell the story of how trees in the old growth get to be old.
Bringing Birds to your Urban Oasis
Thursday, October 21, 7 - 9 p.m.
Loafer's Lake Recreation Centre, 30 Loafer's Lake Lane, Brampton
Free event
Christina Sharma (Project CHIRP!), will tell you how to create a garden that the birds will be unable to resist.
Conifers: Terrific Non-Seasonal Plants with James E. Eckenwalder (U of T)
Tuesday, November 30, 7:30 p.m.
Floral Hall, Toronto Botanical Garden
Dr. Eckenwalder is a conifer specialist whose enthusiasms include the evolution and history of conifers and everything gardeners need to know about these all-season plants. You won't believe the varieties available of these useful and beautiful trees. After the lecture, he will be available to sign copies of his newly-released book: Conifers of the World: A Complete Reference. Public $20, students (with valid ID) $15, TBG members free. Door sales only, limited seating. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
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