Welcome to our 2023 Winter Speaker Series! This year our theme is “Creatures Great and Small”
We chose four highly skilled and passionate naturalists who are studying creatures great and small which share our ecosystem in the Columbia Valley.
February 9, 7 – 8 PM Mountain Time
Nick Laferriere – The small important things, Our local Pollinators
Nick believes that we are a part of nature, not apart from it. We are intertwined and woven within its fabric. If we can embrace our role as a keystone species, we could help to create a more beautiful world and regenerate our wilds. From a mentality of extraction to one of regeneration, reciprocity and mutualism.
Biodiversity is the key to life on this planet. Nature continues to strive for more and more species to occupy every available niche within its biosphere. If we nurture nature in our yards and our soils, we can offer our spaces back to nature, and invite the possibilities for life.
This all starts with native plants, the architects and foundation to which the rest of the ecological triangle rests upon. The more plant diversity, the more insects, amphibians, birds, mammals, fungi, lichen, mosses, and all manner of wild beings.
In this discussion, we’ll dive into the world of plant and insect interactions, and help you understand the complex life stories playing out all around you, all the time. From Bumblebee mimics, to the notorious Wasp’s critical role in the ecosystem, to herbivorous worms that turn to goo and emerge as a moth with no mouth that lives less than a week, the rabbit hole is infinitely deep and complex.
Thank you to the Town of Golden for the ongoing sponsorship of our Winter Speaker Series.