Current programs

Most of our meetings and events are free and open to the public, but for the most benefits and to support our education and advocacy mission, please join Wild Ones and become a member. When you’re a member of Wild Ones, you’re a member of HGCNY!

We meet at Liverpool Library (directions) generally on the last Sunday of the month during the September through April program year, though some programs are rescheduled due to room or date conflicts.

See below for our monthly programs.

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Special events

Spring 2018 workshop

On Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm HGCNY and Baltimore Woods Nature Center are co-sponsoring a workshop presented by Kim Eierman of EcoBeneficial.  Read more about it.

Fall 2017 native plant sale

Getting ready for our fall plant sale
Getting ready for our fall plant sale ©Janet Allen

Sat. Sept. 10 – Sun. Sept. 11.

Sign up for our free e-newsletter to get details about our annual sale.

Our 2017-2018 Programs

Check out our past programs from 2002 to 2017.

Unless noted otherwise, all of our programs take place at the Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St. in Liverpool. (Directions)

Sun., Oct. 1 at 2:00 pm

Monarch butterfly on a milkweed, its host plant
Monarch butterfly on a milkweed, its host plant ©Janet Allen

JANET ALLEN: Creating a Butterfly-friendly Landscape

We’re used to thinking of a butterfly garden as an area of our yard that has lots of nectar plants. But where do butterflies come from? Caterpillars! No caterpillars, no butterflies!  Caterpillars, of course, eat leaves, not nectar. But they can’t eat just any leaf. They eat leaves their species evolved with: our native plants. Our landscapes can be truly living landscapes when we plant the plants caterpillars can eat.  Learn how we can create not just butterfly gardens, but butterfly-friendly landscapes that preserve and protect butterflies and other insects for the benefit and joy of future generations.

NOTE: This is our September meeting, postponed one week due to a room conflict.

Sun., Oct. 29 at 2:00 pm

Chickadee with a caterpillar
Native plants produce the caterpillars birds need to feed their young ©Janet Allen

RHIANNON CRAIN from the HABITAT NETWORK  a project of The Nature Conservancy and The Cornell Lab. The Habitat Network is powered by YardMap.

NOTE: Due to a flight delay, this program was cancelled and will try to be rescheduled for the 2018-2019 program year.

The substitute program: JANET ALLEN: Creating a Bird-Friendly Yard

Sun., Nov. 26 at 2:00 pm

Caring CourseDISCUSSION: We’ll continue our popular tradition of having a discussion on this (usually) Thanksgiving weekend meeting.  It’s not only a chance to discuss some habitat gardening ideas and concepts, but also a chance to get to know fellow HGCNYers!

This year, we’ll be using the Session 1 materials from the “Caring for Our Piece of the Earth” discussion series. Download the FREE materials here.

Cardinal in snowDecember 2017: No meeting.

Happy holidays!

Sun., Jan. 28 at 2:00 pm

Rain chain
A rain chain ©Janet Allen

AMY SAMUELS, Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Onondaga Environmental Institute will speak on Native Plants and Rain Gardens. Rain gardens are an important part of the sustainable green infrastructure for our community, but they’re more than that. By selecting appropriate native plants, they provide additional habitat for birds, butterflies, and other pollinators, and also allow you to enjoy some beautiful moisture-loving native plants that you may otherwise find difficult to grow. Find out how to create one!

Sun., Feb. 25 at 2:00 pm

Ladybugs hatching
Ladybugs hatching ©Janet Allen

JIM D’ANGELO, director of Sterling Nature Center, has presented many programs on various types of wildlife in the past: butterflies, bats, dragonflies, and even on vernal ponds. This year,  he will present a program on a current — and very important — topic of interest: What’s happening to insects?

We love our butterflies, honeybees and dragonflies, but what about all the other insects that keep our ecosystem “humming?” Learn how you can help native insects in our gardens and beyond and why it’s important.

Sun., Mar. 25 at 2:00 pm

Longbranch sign
Long Branch, part of Onondaga Lake Park, was named for its famed chestnut trees

DR. WILLIAM POWELL, SUNY-ESF professor and Co-director of the American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project, will speak on “How to produce a blight resistant American chestnut tree.

The American chestnut is the classic example of our forests succumbing to exotic pathogens.  Because of its environmental, economic, and social importance, many tools have been brought to bear on the chestnut blight problem. We have discovered that an oxalate detoxifying enzyme can increase blight resistance levels as high as those found in the blight-resistant Chinese chestnut.  Because this is only a very small change in the chestnut, these trees will be ideal for restoration.

Sun., Apr. 29 at 2:00 pm

Skype presentation with HEATHER HOLM, author of Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants and of Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide.

Sat., May 5 – Seminar with Kim Eierman of EcoBeneficial

Robin eating winterberriesThis special event, which HGCNY is co-sponsoring with Baltimore Woods Nature Center, will have two presentations.

Learn more about this seminar.


Field Trip: May or June

Details TBA