Woodland Wildflowers: Pollinators, Seed Dispersal, and Consideration of Species Diversity

Date: Monday, March 11th, 2019 Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Location: Mennonite Church of Normal (map and directions)

Dr. Marlin will discuss pollination of a variety of woodland wildflowers. He will also provide some insights on seed dispersal. Part of the presentation will consider the numbers of pollinator species (especially bees) likely to be supported by varying mixes of flowering plants. The overall focus will be on the importance of providing a variety of plants and other resources to encourage maintenance of ecological diversity.  

Presenter Bio:

John C. Marlin joined the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center of the University of Illinois in May of 1993.  He is currently retired, but serves as a research affiliate. Over the years he worked on many river issues including the federal-state Illinois River Ecosystem Restoration Study. He assisted the Illinois Department of Natural Resources with “Mud to Parks” projects, which involve the long distance transport of sediment from the Illinois River and other water bodies for use as topsoil. As a volunteer he currently manages several native planting projects at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Marlin received a MS and PhD in Entomology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Much of his work in the early 1970s centered on native bees. His children propagated and sold woodland wildflowers for 20 years. Since retirement, he has renewed his interest in the relationship between native plants and pollinators.  


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