Friday Keynote: People, Plants and Pollinators in the Pacific Northwest

Robert Pyle x500Presented by Robert Michael Pyle on Friday, July 16th, 2021 at 9:00 am

We all need to become better naturalists.  To do this we need to understand our butterflies, bees and other pollinators and how we protect and manage the plants and habitats on which they depend.  As changes occur beneath our feet and above our heads, we need to have more concern for the small-scale life which have the biggest roles of all in holding up the fabric of our beloved earth.  We need to understand and act on this.

Class Descriptions

The Oregon Bee Atlas

Friday, concurrent session at 11:00 AM

“While it is estimated that there are approximately 500 species of bees in Oregon there has never been a comprehensive survey of them.”

The history of this Citizen Science program, the purpose and goals, the importance of this project for all Oregonians and how you can get involved will all be included in this presentation and discussion.

Andony Melathopoulos_x500

Presenter: Andony Melathopoulos

All About Mason Bees

Friday, concurrent session at 11:00 AM

This comprehensive presentation will include: basic biology, life cycle, identification of desirable nesting sites, nesting system selection for either buying or building, summer management of the bees nesting systems to protect the bees from pests and diseases, cleaning the cocoons in the fall, winter storage of the cocoons, and getting the bees ready for spring.

Rich Little_x420Presenter: Rich Little

Native Garden Plant Considerations for Pollinators

Friday, concurrent session at 11:00 AM

Despite the existence of many pollinator planting lists, it can be difficult to decide exactly what to plant. In this presentation, she will focus on Oregon native plants and identify traits that are attractive to different pollinator groups. She will also discuss the “native vs native cultivar conundrum” and ongoing native cultivar trials in Oregon and across the United States.

Jen Hayes_x422Presenter: Jen Hayes

Pests Attacking Field Crops and Gardens in Oregon: Scouting, Identifying and Managing

Friday, concurrent session at 11:00 AM

The same pests that attack field crops in Oregon also attack our gardens. Focusing on commonly encountered species of cutworm, armyworm and other insects, methods for detecting an early infestation and options for the management of it will be discussed.

Dr. Navneet Kaur_x500Presenter: Dr. Navneet Kaur

Microbes under your fingernails? An exploration of the garden microbiome and potential transferability to human skin.

Friday, concurrent session at 11:00 am

As we know little about how exposure to soil microbes might affect the health of farmers and gardeners who spend a great deal of time in direct contact with soil, Dr. Mhuireach will introduce the body of research investigating human exposure to environmental microbes, including those associated with soil and plants, and their potential health effects. We will also explore microbial sampling methods and a citizen science project to understand microbial transfer dynamics during gardening.

Dr. Gwynne Mhuireach x500Presenter: Dr. Gwynne Mhuireach

Saturday Keynote: Oregon Master Gardener Program – Successes, Challenges and Opportunities

OSU Master Gardener Annual Report

Gail Langellotto_x500Presented by Dr. Gail Langellotto on Saturday, July 17th, 2021 at 9:00 am

Agricultural adaptations for the urban environment

Saturday, concurrent session at 11:00 am

This course focuses on the adaptation of agricultural principles to the urban environment. Topics include: (I) urban environments and infrastructure, (II) urban crop production practices, (III) urban markets and urban farm management.

Mykl Nelson_x500Presenter: Mykl Nelson

Organic Vegetable Gardening: Keys for Success

Saturday, concurrent session at 11:00 am

Learn tips for successful organic vegetable gardening. Topics will include organic definitions, soil preparation techniques, organic fertilizer options, as well as organic pest and disease management.

Weston Miller_x500Presenter: Weston Miller

Biochar: The promise, pitfalls, and potential of an emerging soil amendment

Saturday, concurrent session at 11:00 am

Biochar, or charcoal that is added to soil, is becoming a widely available soil amendment. We’ll discuss the nature of biochar as well as the historical and contemporary uses of biochar. A decision support tool that helps biochar users make decisions about how to use the right biochar at the right time will also be discussed.

Kristin Trippe_x500Presenter: Kristin Trippe

Invasive Species In Oregon

Saturday, concurrent session at 11:00 am

Learn about invasive pests threatening Oregon and a few more looming just on the horizon, including: Japanese beetle, Gypsy moth, Asian giant hornet, Southern pink moth, Spotted lanternfly, Houdini fly, Lily and Viburnum leaf beetles, and the Allium Leafminer! Topics will include their introduction history in the Pacific Northwest, current eradication programs, why they are a threat, how to identify them and look-alikes, and what can be done to help stop their spread.

Dr. Jessica Rendon x500Presenter: Dr. Jessica Rendon

Year-Round Pollinator Plants

Saturday, concurrent session at 11:00 am

Learn what to grow for a 4-season blooming garden consisting of bulbs, annuals, perennials and shrubs that provide beautiful blooms for your pleasure and the pleasure and nourishment of pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

Janet Magedanz_x500Presenter: Janet Magedanz