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Birds, Insects, Native Plants and More:
Inviting the Web of Life into Your Yard

Monday, April 27 • 6:30–7:30 pm EST
(Note: this is a different date than our previously canceled April program.)

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The program will be recorded and posted on our website after the event.

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Cedar Waxwing on Serviceberry tree • Photo by Valerie Lindeman


Birds, Insects, Native Plants and Much More: 
Inviting the Web of Life into Your Yard

The program content is a result of the collaborative work of the Education Committee of Wild Ones River City Chapter (WORC).

Presented by Martha MacCleery, WORC Education Chair

During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are pleased to offer you this virtual program while you "Stay Home, Stay Safe." This program originally was to be presented at our scheduled March meeting, which was canceled. Marty MacCleery kindly offered to revise the program for digital access with specific help by the Program Committee, and input by WORC Board. Special thanks to Sue Aagaard, of the West Michigan Conservation Network, for her help with ZOOM.

The program will provide wonderful nuggets of information for beginners, veterans, and everyone in between!

  • What is our cultural history of large lawns and choosing exotic plants for our landscapes? 
  • How do native plants increase insects in our yard and thus help birds? 
  • How to transform your yard into a nourishing “foraging hub” that provides ecosystem services such as food, shelter, and nesting sites for wildlife? 
  • Should your yard be all native plants? Not necessarily.  
  • Are there differences in ecosystem services provided by native plants? Yes! 
  • What are some examples of native plants and shrubs and what are their requirements?
The program will include insights from Bringing Nature Home, by Douglas Tallamy.
"Juicy caterpillars like the spin oak slug (Euclea delphinii) provide valuable nutrients
and energy for birds and other animals." —Douglas Tallamy, Bringing Nature Home.
Native trees that produce berries are an essential food source for birds.

Martha (Marty) MacCleery became reawakened to her love of gardening while spending a decade in Wilmington, DE. Marty and her son, Beau, became enthralled with Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, as well as, Mt Cuba Center and Winterthur in Wilmington, DE. She was inspired to apply what she’d learned at these wonderful institutions to her own yard, and thus began a life-long passion.

Although her working career was science-based (medical records administration, pharmaceutical research & development, including sales), gardening satisfies both her love of science and the arts. She joyfully shares her love of insects, plants, and animals with young children in 4-H, leads public tours as a volunteer docent at Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and serves as Chair of the Education Committee at Wild Ones River City Chapter. She is also an Advanced Master Gardener and Master Naturalist through Michigan State University Extension.

Marty MacCleery pictured with the WORC educational display at the annual garden tour and plant sale.


You can watch our ZOOM webinar on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone.

Before joining a ZOOM meeting on a computer or mobile device, you need to download the ZOOM Desktop Client or Mobile App from the Download Center. Otherwise, you will be prompted to download and launch ZOOM when you click the join link in your confirmation email.

You can also join a test meeting to familiarize yourself with ZOOM.

After registering for the event, the easiest way to join the webinar is by clicking on your unique, secure link in your confirmation email.

For more information about ZOOM webinars, you can read the article Joining and participating in a webinar as an attendee.

The program is not going to be announced publicly, so don’t be concerned about the security issues you may have heard on the news about ZOOM.

Questions: email Ruth Oldenburg

Birds, Insects, Native Plants and Much More
27 • 6:30–8:30 pm EST
The webinar is limited to 100 attendees.
Register for this informative program today
and mark your calendar!
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WORC Member Testimonial 
“I attended a webinar last week from Michigan State University on the Bumblebees of Lake Michigan. It was very easy: I registered, they sent me an email confirmation with a link, and I was able to listen to a live presentation and learn a lot! It was nice knowing that because it was 
live, I was watching along with some of my friends, from the safety of their homes too.”
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