Landscaping for Biodiversity: A Plant-Insect Perspective
Speaker: Karin Burghardt, University of Maryland
Karin Burghardt (Credit: Abby Robinson/University of Maryland)
Humans actively manage and alter the majority of earth's habitats, including spaces very close to home. In our June webinar, Karin Burghardt will outline ways that our personal decisions (in gardens, yards, parks, and other green spaces) can shape plant-animal interactions, particularly whether plant-eating insects can complete their life cycles. And while insect pests often get a bad rap in gardens, a wide array of insects are quietly performing essential functions for food webs and ecosystems. In this talk, Karin will introduce you to some of these amazing critters and suggest tweaks to your own landscape practices, such as native plant selection, yard care approaches and pest management to preserve biodiversity and function in the spaces we inhabit everyday.