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Conservation Days at the Library

2024-03-16T14:30:00Z 2024-03-16T19:30:00Z Conservation Days at the Library  
Special Conservation Storytime in the upstairs children’s area for youth
10:30am Treetime Storytime-Niles Library staff with guest Conservation staff
(1) A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry, Marc Simont (Illustrator)
(2) Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
(3) A Tree for all Seasons by Robin Bernard
Presentations:
10:30am Hugh Hammond Bennett-The Father of Soil Conservation video 
The Story of America’s Private Lands Conservation Movement with Q & A session moderated by Mike Stickle-NRCS & Nancy Carpenter-BCCD
 
11:15am CISMA "new invaders" talk on Spotted Lanternfly and Hydrilla
Alex Florian, SWxSW Corner CISMA Coordinator
o Synopsis: Southwest Michigan is the gateway to our beautiful state, and invasive species are knocking. In 2023 two new invasive species, Hydrilla and spotted lanternfly, became top concerns for our region as new populations were found. Hydrilla in Berrien Springs, MI and spotted lanternfly in Elkhart, IN. Our best chance to stop these invaders is to find them early, and respond quickly. This presentation will go over what’s being done, and the critical role you can play in stopping the spread.
 
12:00pm Lunch break and visits to booth exhibit/activities
 
12:30pm Bugs in the water-it’s a good thing!
Nancy Carpenter, Berrien County Conservation District Administrator
Synopsis: Nancy Carpenter, the manager at Berrien County Conservation District will explain the volunteer stream monitoring program, show how aquatic insects are captured and used as a tool to look at stream health. She will explain how you can get involved and be part of this fun and interesting program. 
1:15pm Conservation in Agriculture
Emily Haluda, Cass County MAEAP Technician
Synopsis:  Learn about the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program from Cass and Berrien County’s MAEAP technicians. Learn about how the program works one on one with producers to protect our natural resources and to help keep Michigan’s clean water clean. You will also learn about how your farm or forest can benefit from becoming a part of the MAEAP program. This free, confidential, voluntary program has helped hundreds of farms all across the state.
 
2pm Bring Back the Native Pollinators
Jennifer Miller, Xerces Society Ambassador, Certified MI Master Naturalist
Synopsis: This presentation is an overview of the importance of native pollinators, and how you can support them. The little things that run the world are more important than you may know and even small efforts can make a big difference.
 
2:45pm Fruit Tree Care & Companion Planting
Joanne’e DeBruhl, Permaculture Specialist
Synopsis: New fruit trees need extra care and support during the first few years. This presentation will discuss how to protect your new fruit trees from pests such as deer, rabbits and voles, and companion plants that can help your fruit trees thrive. Presentation by Joannée DeBruhl who is a Permaculture Design Professional and Organic Farmer.
 
Conservation Organization Booths: (organization-contact-theme)
Berrien County Conservation District - (2) Nancy Carpenter
Cass County Conservation District - (1) MAEAP -Emily Haluda with youth take home craft activity (1) SESC permitting Q & A about soil erosion control measures & (1-District provided table 8’) General/Water-Ronnie w/natural shoreline information
Berrien County Parks - (1) Derek Pelc
Cass County Parks & Recreation - (1) (General & Dark Sky) - Promoting both the park and educating on light pollution. - Scott Wyman & Robert Parrish
City of Niles Michigan Water Superintendent - (1) James Stevens - Booth
MEANDRS - (1) Keep it Blue information w/Marcy Hamilton
Michigan DNR - Department of Natural Resources - (1) Ken Kesson and/or Bill Westerate
Michigan EGLE - Water Resources Division - (1) Ann Gilchrist
NRCS-Natural Resource Conservation Service - (1) Mike Stickle
SWxSW Corner CISMA-Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area - (1) Alex Florian 
Xerces Society (1) Native bee information & more w/Jennifer Miller
 
Niles Library Contact Information:
Andrea Burns
Programming Manager / Gallery Coordinator
Niles District Library
620 East Main Street
Niles, MI 49120 (Entrance on Cedar)
269-683-8545 x116
Nileslibrary.com
 
Program Synopsis:
Conservation Day at the Niles District Library hosted by the Cass & Berrien County Conservation Districts. The event will begin with the initiation of the Federal soil conservation program, include educational and hands-on presentations highlighting local conservation topics/needs, and showcase current conservation efforts and the organizations with boots on the ground making a difference. Come learn more about your local conservation programs on Saturday, March 16, 2024 
10:30am-3:30pm at the Niles District Library located at 620 East Main Street, Niles, MI 49120 (use entrance on Cedar).
 
Niles District Library 620 E Main St Niles, MI 49120-2620 
Location
Niles District Library
620 E Main St
Niles, MI 49120-2620 
Event Date

Start: March 16, 2024 10:30 AM

End: March 16, 2024 3:30 PM

 
Special Conservation Storytime in the upstairs children’s area for youth
10:30am Treetime Storytime-Niles Library staff with guest Conservation staff
(1) A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry, Marc Simont (Illustrator)
(2) Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
(3) A Tree for all Seasons by Robin Bernard
Presentations:
10:30am Hugh Hammond Bennett-The Father of Soil Conservation video 
The Story of America’s Private Lands Conservation Movement with Q & A session moderated by Mike Stickle-NRCS & Nancy Carpenter-BCCD
 
11:15am CISMA "new invaders" talk on Spotted Lanternfly and Hydrilla
Alex Florian, SWxSW Corner CISMA Coordinator
o Synopsis: Southwest Michigan is the gateway to our beautiful state, and invasive species are knocking. In 2023 two new invasive species, Hydrilla and spotted lanternfly, became top concerns for our region as new populations were found. Hydrilla in Berrien Springs, MI and spotted lanternfly in Elkhart, IN. Our best chance to stop these invaders is to find them early, and respond quickly. This presentation will go over what’s being done, and the critical role you can play in stopping the spread.
 
12:00pm Lunch break and visits to booth exhibit/activities
 
12:30pm Bugs in the water-it’s a good thing!
Nancy Carpenter, Berrien County Conservation District Administrator
Synopsis: Nancy Carpenter, the manager at Berrien County Conservation District will explain the volunteer stream monitoring program, show how aquatic insects are captured and used as a tool to look at stream health. She will explain how you can get involved and be part of this fun and interesting program. 
1:15pm Conservation in Agriculture
Emily Haluda, Cass County MAEAP Technician
Synopsis:  Learn about the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program from Cass and Berrien County’s MAEAP technicians. Learn about how the program works one on one with producers to protect our natural resources and to help keep Michigan’s clean water clean. You will also learn about how your farm or forest can benefit from becoming a part of the MAEAP program. This free, confidential, voluntary program has helped hundreds of farms all across the state.
 
2pm Bring Back the Native Pollinators
Jennifer Miller, Xerces Society Ambassador, Certified MI Master Naturalist
Synopsis: This presentation is an overview of the importance of native pollinators, and how you can support them. The little things that run the world are more important than you may know and even small efforts can make a big difference.
 
2:45pm Fruit Tree Care & Companion Planting
Joanne’e DeBruhl, Permaculture Specialist
Synopsis: New fruit trees need extra care and support during the first few years. This presentation will discuss how to protect your new fruit trees from pests such as deer, rabbits and voles, and companion plants that can help your fruit trees thrive. Presentation by Joannée DeBruhl who is a Permaculture Design Professional and Organic Farmer.
 
Conservation Organization Booths: (organization-contact-theme)
Berrien County Conservation District - (2) Nancy Carpenter
Cass County Conservation District - (1) MAEAP -Emily Haluda with youth take home craft activity (1) SESC permitting Q & A about soil erosion control measures & (1-District provided table 8’) General/Water-Ronnie w/natural shoreline information
Berrien County Parks - (1) Derek Pelc
Cass County Parks & Recreation - (1) (General & Dark Sky) - Promoting both the park and educating on light pollution. - Scott Wyman & Robert Parrish
City of Niles Michigan Water Superintendent - (1) James Stevens - Booth
MEANDRS - (1) Keep it Blue information w/Marcy Hamilton
Michigan DNR - Department of Natural Resources - (1) Ken Kesson and/or Bill Westerate
Michigan EGLE - Water Resources Division - (1) Ann Gilchrist
NRCS-Natural Resource Conservation Service - (1) Mike Stickle
SWxSW Corner CISMA-Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area - (1) Alex Florian 
Xerces Society (1) Native bee information & more w/Jennifer Miller
 
Niles Library Contact Information:
Andrea Burns
Programming Manager / Gallery Coordinator
Niles District Library
620 East Main Street
Niles, MI 49120 (Entrance on Cedar)
269-683-8545 x116
Nileslibrary.com
 
Program Synopsis:
Conservation Day at the Niles District Library hosted by the Cass & Berrien County Conservation Districts. The event will begin with the initiation of the Federal soil conservation program, include educational and hands-on presentations highlighting local conservation topics/needs, and showcase current conservation efforts and the organizations with boots on the ground making a difference. Come learn more about your local conservation programs on Saturday, March 16, 2024 
10:30am-3:30pm at the Niles District Library located at 620 East Main Street, Niles, MI 49120 (use entrance on Cedar).