Today, I attended a lecture cosponsored by Chatham University's Rachel Carson Institute and their Office of Career Development. Thelma Redick of the Wildlife Habitat Council, a nonprofit, non-lobbying 501(c)(3) group of corporations, conservation organizations, and individuals dedicated to restoring and enhancing wildlife habitat. Thelma has addressed the Blackridge Garden Club in the past, as has her colleague Marcia Maslonek.
Ms. Redick spoke about the mission and projects of the WHC and their members, as well as provided us with information about the Pollinator Partnership. I encourage you to take a look at the three websites I've linked to in this post for lots of fascinating information. Ms. Redick sent me some additional links, which I've quoted below, pointing to specific pages on the WHC and PP sites. If you have any questions, pls let us know in the comments section below.
Description of the Wildlife at Work program http://www.wildlifehc.org/programs/wildlife-at-work/
Description of the Corporate Lands for Learning program http://www.wildlifehc.org/programs/corporate-lands-for-learning/
A Directory of ALL our members projects, searchable by state or by company: http://www.wildlifehc.org/certification/registry-of-existing-programs/
The link to the portal of the Conservation Registry can be found on our front page or at http://wildlifehc.conservationregistry.org/ (this link lists all the site in the Continental US--- no other countries; but what is cool is that it has overlays with other conservation projects that might be near – for example…look at the certified programs in and around Denver Colorado, then click on the overlay for public lands owned by US forest service—and see how closely our member’s sites are to those areas. We use this tool to help members and partners visualize landscape level projects.
For those of you who were interested in the case study of a restored Brownfield ( I mentioned our Woodlawn site, managed for Bridgestone): http://www.wildlifehc.org/programs/council-managed-programs/new-beginnings/
ALSO: here are the links to the www.pollinator.org website that have the planting guides by zip code: http://www.pollinator.org/guides.htm (Contact me if you want my personal native plant lists for western PA—I am happy to share them with you!) If you are interested in Pollinators and work with kids, you might also want to download the NAPPC curriculum: Nature’s Partners. It’s FREE and a great source of lessons for schools or Scout groups.http://www.pollinator.org/nappc/PDFs/curriculum.pdf
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Judy's Blog is written by Blackridge's gardener-in-residence, Judy Diorio. Judy has lived in Blackridge for 25 years, and writes the BGC's "In The Garden" column for the Blackboard. She has studied horticulture and landscape design and is currently preparing to be a Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist.
Allegheny Co Extension--Hort
Arboretum at Penn State
Audubon Soc of Western Pa
Birds and Blooms
Longue Vue Gardens
NYT--Gardeners and Gardening
Organic Gardening Magazine
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Post-Gazette--Home & Garden
Royal Botanical Gardens
ScienceDaily--Plants & Animals
US National Arboretum
Western PA Conservancy
Wildlife Resource Council
American Orchid Society