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Bluegrass Land & Nature Symposium
October 1 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Click here to register for the symposium (Registration is through EventBrite; tickets open August 2). The symposium is limited to 40 tickets. Early registration is encouraged.
Floracliff and the Lexington Chapter of Wild Ones are partnering this fall to host the Bluegrass Land and Nature Symposium. Join us Saturday, October 1st, for a full day focused on the biodiversity, ecology, and stewardship of the Bluegrass region. Retired University of Louisville biology professor and urban ecologist, Dr. Margaret Carreiro, will kick off the day as our keynote speaker. Afterward, experts from Kentucky’s conservation community will lead outdoor sessions on migratory birds, beneficial insects, gardening with native plants, local flora, watersheds, and more.
As a 346-acre nature sanctuary located on the edge of Kentucky’s second most populated city, Floracliff provides a unique setting to explore the intersection of wild nature with human-built urban, suburban, and rural landscapes. The Bluegrass Land and Nature Symposium will offer insights on practices that support wildlife, the challenges along the way, and the ecological and personal rewards that come from welcoming nature at home and in our communities.
Ticket are $35 (lunch included)
8:30 – 9:00 AM: Registration, coffee, opening of silent auction
9:00 AM: Welcome
9:15 – 10:15 AM: Keynote Presention with Dr. Margaret Carreiro – Planning a Resilient Future for Flora and Fauna in the Bluegrass
10:20 – 11:30 AM: Outdoor concurrent sessions
11:30 – 12:45: Lunch
12:50 – 2:00 PM: Outdoor concurrent sessions
2:10 – 3:20 PM: Outdoor concurrent sessions
3:30 – 4:00 PM: silent auction wrap-up
Session Leaders & Topics:
Joyce Bender (Retired from the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission): Birds on the Move – Fall Migration Bird Walk
Strider Deaver (Kentucky Division of Forestry): Reading the Forest: Stories of The Past Told By the Trees of Today
Amanda Gumbert (UK Cooperative Extension Service): Bluegrass Watersheds
Beverly James (Floracliff): Hostplants for Butterflies and Moths
Jonathan Larson (UK Extension Entomology): Let’s Meet Some Bug Friends
Kendall McDonald (Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves): Fall Wildflowers
John Michler (Michler’s Florist, Greenhouse, and Garden Design): Garden Inspirations from Nature
Jess Slade (UK-LFUCG Arboretum): Land Management for Ecological Diversity
Weather Policy: For the safety and enjoyment of our visitors, all programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather, including rain, wind, and severe weather warnings and advisories.