The Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society will hold its regular meeting at Frostburg State University, Compton Science Center, Room 224, on Tuesday April 15th at 7:00 pm. The guest speaker will be Dr. Michael J. Raupp, Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland. His presentation titled, “Building Diversity, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Services in Residential Gardens” will begin immediately following a brief chapter meeting. The public is welcome to attend.
According to Dr. Raupp, residential gardens and landscapes are refuges of biodiversity in urban settings. They house a huge diversity of plants and plant diversity that is often positively related to insect diversity. Discover why diverse landscapes may be more sustainable than simple ones and how they support ecosystem functions. Learn three approaches for managing pests in landscapes and when to use them: 1) Do nothing – let Mother Nature do the work 2) Get busy – Hand remove bugs: pick, prune, squash, etc. 3) Get lazy – use “green” insecticides. His program will begin immediately following a brief MNPS chapter business meeting.
Mike Raupp is a professor and extension specialist at the University of Maryland at College Park. As an internationally recognized expert, Raupp has more than 200 publications and has made more than 900 presentations on the ecology and management of insects and mites. He has appeared on all major television networks. He has been featured on The Science Channel, National Geographic, Dr. Oz, and Jay Leno. His “Bug of the Week” website, www.bugoftheweek.com, an information source on the natural history of insects, received more than one million visits since its inception. Raupp has received a dozen regional or national awards for excellence in extension programming and media communications including the Secretary of Agriculture's Award for Environmental Protection and Entomological Society’s Achievement Award in Extension. His first book “Managing Insect and Mites on Woody Landscape Plants” is a standard for the arboricultural industry. His most recent book “26 Things that Bug Me” introduces youngsters to the wonders of insects and natural history using pictures and rhymes. Copies will be available for purchase following his program.
Directions: From I-68 take exit 33 (Braddock Rd & Midlothian Rd exit). Follow Braddock Road approximately 1.3 miles to stop sign. Turn left onto Park Avenue. Drive a short distance and turn left, following signs for the Compton Parking Lot.
The Maryland Native Plant Society promotes awareness, appreciation, and conservation of Maryland's native plants and their habitats, working to preserve Maryland's natural heritage through education, research, advocacy and service activities. MNPS sponsors programs, workshops, field trips and an annual conference. Membership is open to all who are interested in Maryland's native plants and their habitats. For more information, visit mdflora.org.
The Western Mountains Chapter has formed to expand the efforts of MNPS on the Allegheny Plateau and Ridge & Valley physiographic provinces of the central-Appalachians. Residents of western Maryland, nearby Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and anyone else interested in learning more about and conserving the native plants of this region are invited to join. For more information contact Liz McDowell, Chapter Coordinator, at 301-895-3686 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Maryland DNR will be performing a study to monitor water flows in portions of Deep Creek Lake April 26 - May 24. The lake may appear pink in some areas during this time as crews add Rhodamine Water Trace Dye to the southern end, around Turkey Neck and Deep Creek Coves.
The study will provide DNR’s Hydrilla Control Strategy Team with dilution rates and currents in certain areas. Bright-colored floats/buoys will be placed in the study area for a one week period during data collection. DNR asks that during the study lake users avoid the buoyed cove areas, including buoys and wind gauges.