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[CANCELLED] 2020 Symposium: The Birds and The Bees – What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You

March 26, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Meigs Point Pollinator Garden

March 10 update:

We are all following the news of the COVID-19 virus, and the suggested public health protocols from state and local officials for large events. Based on that information and the uncertainty of the duration of the virus outbreak we have made a decision to postpone The Birds and The Bees – Landscape Practices for a Sustainable Future symposium.   If you registered for this conference, your registration will remain intact with the possibility of scheduling a new conference date in the near future.  If we are unable to reschedule, or if you are unable to attend the new conference date, your registration fee will be refunded.

We apologize for having to make this change.  The conference committee’s decision comes after much consideration.  Please look for future emails.  Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please contact us with any questions.


The Birds and The Bees – What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You

A Symposium presented by The Rockfall Foundation and Connecticut Sea Grant


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Landscape Practices for a Sustainable Future

The Why and The How

It’s all connected.  Landscape choices, whether for a commercial site plan or a backyard garden, and what we plant for pollinators, can influence the viability of our farms and help mitigate climate change impacts.



  • Landscaping for Birds and Pollinators: the importance of creating a friendly place for nesting and migratory birds (it’s not just for birdwatchers) – Patrick Comins, Executive Director, Connecticut Audubon Society
  • Planting for Bees: the importance and benefits of bees and of public and private land rich with native plants and nutrition – Dr. Kimberly Stoner, Agricultural Scientist, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Beyond the Birds & Bees: landscape practices that encourage sustainable habitats of all types – Judy Preston, Long Island Sound Outreach Coordinator, CT Sea Grant
  • Panel – The three speakers joined by Mary Ellen Mateleska, Director, Education & Conservation, Mystic Aquarium with a perspective on the role of Citizen Scientists


Symposium Program

8:00 – 8:30       Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45         Welcome – Tony Marino, Executive Director, The Rockfall Foundation

8:45 – 9:30        Landscaping for Birds and Pollinators

9:30 – 10:15      Planting for Bees

10:15 – 10:30   Break

10:30 – 11:15  Beyond the Birds & Bees

11:15 – 12:30   Panel Discussion/ Q & A Session

12:30                  Optional Lunch with an opportunity to chat informally with colleagues and our featured speakers


Who should attend?
Land use planners, landscape architects, gardeners, land trusts, conservation commissions, birders and butterfly enthusiasts, horticulturalists, engineers, beekeepers and all concerned with plant selection for a sustainable future.


Approved for 3.75 AICP CM Credits.


Registration Information:

Registration fee: $45 / $15 Students
Optional lunch: $15 / Rockfall Members $5

Registration for lunch must be received by March 24.

Download registration form for payment by check


Register and pay on-line:


March 26, 2020
8:00 am - 1:00 pm


deKoven House
27 Washington Street
Middletown, CT 06457
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