January 2020 Meeting

We are pleased to have Scott McMahan, who is the Manager of International Plant Exploration at Atlanta Botanical Gardens, speak at our first program of 2020 on January 20th.  Scott will talk about “Plant Exploration with a Purpose” and share his experiences on his work in India, Vietnam and China as well as his new evaluation nursery up in Gainesville.  This program will start at noon and you’re invited to bring a sandwich and join us for fellowship at 11:30AM at Bethesda Senior Center.

October 2019 Meeting

Our own member, MGEV, Margaret Molyson, presented “Alternatives to Lawns: How to Reduce Your Yard Work While Saving the Birds!” at our October 21st meeting at Bethesda Senior Center.  Her highly informative talk addressed how reducing your lawn area and increasing your native plant area would not only reduce total time and money spent on yard maintenance but, more importantly, how it also supports the dwindling native bird population by giving them food for their young and nesting habitat. 

Margaret had several educational and resource handouts to share and they are attached here.

Native Ground Covers

Plants That Support Conservation Biological Control in Georgia

Great Gardening and Natives Websites

Invasive Alternatives

Great Georgia Pollinator Census

Many of our members participated August 23 and 24th counting pollinators all over the county.  We had great fun figuring out which pollinator we were looking at… and we sure met some nice folks too.  We’re looking forward to hearing the results and already planning for next year!

August 2019 Monthly Meeting

It was an educational and highly enjoyable hour as Mike Mengak, a Certified Wildlife Biologist and the Wildlife Outreach Specialist at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at UGA, spoke about “Nuisance Wildlife” at our August 19th monthly meeting.  He had lots of tips and ideas for discouraging nuisance wildlife from our property.  He pointed out the many popular things that don’t work…. as he said, remember, there are no rules and wildlife can’t read anyway!

In addition to teaching at UGA, Mike trains and works with landowners and extension staff to help manage the damage that wildlife can do to our property.  He has authored or co-authored over 95 publications in peer-refereed journals, proceedings, technical reports, and extension publications on a wide array of wildlife ecology, wildlife damage management, and natural history topics. 

Beautiful zinnias

Beautiful zinnias
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