MNPS Western Mountains Chapter Meeting and Program
– Michael J. Raupp, Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland
Topic – Building Diversity, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Services in Residential Gardens
Residential gardens and landscapes are refuges of biodiversity in urban settings. They house a huge diversity of plants and plant diversity that is often positively related to insect diversity. Discover why diverse landscapes may be more sustainable than simple ones and how they support ecosystem functions. Learn three approaches for managing pests in landscapes and when to use them: 1) Do nothing – let Mother Nature do the work 2) Get busy – Hand remove bugs: pick, prune, squash, etc. 3) Get lazy – use “green” insecticides.
Mike Raupp is a professor and extension specialist at the University of Maryland at College Park. As an internationally recognized expert, Raupp has more than 200 publications and has made more than 900 presentations on the ecology and management of insects and mites. He has appeared on all major television networks. He has been featured on The Science Channel, National Geographic, Dr. Oz, and Jay Leno. His “Bug of the Week” website, www.bugoftheweek.com, an information source on the natural history of insects, received more than one million visits since its inception. Raupp has received a dozen regional or national awards for excellence in extension programming and media communications including the Secretary of Agriculture's Award for Environmental Protection and Entomological Society’s Achievement Award in Extension. His first book “Managing Insect and Mites on Woody Landscape Plants” is a standard for the arboricultural industry. His most recent book “26 Things that Bug Me” introduces youngsters to the wonders of insects and natural history using pictures and rhymes (copies will be available for purchase!).
His program will begin immediately following a brief MNPS chapter business meeting. The public is welcome to attend.
Directions: From I-68 take exit 33 (Braddock Rd & Midlothian Rd exit). Follow Braddock Road approximately 1.3 miles to stop sign. Turn left onto Park Avenue. Drive a short distance and turn left, following signs for the Compton Parking Lot.