Posted by: Pam | August 29, 2014

Notes from a “wild” summer at home…

Phil Witmer at Birders film on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Phil Witmer at Birders film on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday night we screened the last film of our first Wild Summer Conservation Film Series, Birders: The Central Park Effect. Of the three screenings that we had this summer, I think this was the one that struck an emotional cord with all of us. We even clapped! Many thanks to Phil Witmer (and his wife, Bonnie) of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Bird Club who were there to talk about the film. All 3 films are now part of our DVD collection and you can check them out if you missed them.

All of our events brought many people together for lots of fun! We shared our passion for the care and conservation of our ecosystem, the caring, feeding, and protection of wildlife, and our commitment to not using chemicals in our gardens. We visited gardens, planted milkweed for the Monarchs and mint for the bees, and got up-close with peregrine falcons. Beekeeper Warren Graham visited us and so did Phil Wallis, Executive Director of Audubon PA.

Kathleen Pollack, my Library co-worker and member of the steering committee of Radnor Bird Town, shared my excitement all summer long as we lined-up our ducks for every event. Kathleen brought the best cookies to all the films, and it was Kathleen and I who officially declared the Wild Summer Conservation Film Series, a success! We may just do it again next year…

Our partnership with Radnor Conservancy, Radnor Bird Town and Radnor Township’s EAC fueled our “wild summer” road trip,  taking us away with the birds, the bees, and back home again to our own backyards. This is the summer I found out about all the threats to wildlife, especially the birds and the bees, and learned what I can do to help them.

If you’ve been on your own road trip, then Welcome Home! Check your milkweed…the Monarchs have been house-hunting while you were gone.

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

See you at the Library,

Pam

 

Registration Desk for the Radnor Community Eco Tour on 6/21/14, co-sponsored with Radnor Conservancy

Registration Desk for the Radnor Community Eco Tour on 6/21/14, co-sponsored with Radnor Conservancy

 

Phil Wallis from Audubon PA introducing The Lost Bird Project film on 6/25/14

Phil Wallis from Audubon PA introducing The Lost Bird Project film on 6/25/14

 

 

Loving the mint plants we gave away at Vanishing of the Bees film on 7/30/14

Loving the mint plants we gave away at Vanishing of the Bees film on 7/30/14

 

 

Dwight Lasure with his peregrine falcon on 6/14/14.  Wow.

Dwight Lasure with his peregrine falcon on 6/14/14. Wow.

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Warren Graham, Master Beekeeper, at Vanishing of the Bees film

 

Colin Hingley and John Miller with the milkweed from Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens

Colin Hingley and John Miller  with the milkweed from Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens

Posted by: Pam | August 28, 2014

If you plant it, they will come.

Mamma Mia!

My milkweed plants are now home to a Monarch butterfly-in-the-making and I couldn’t be more amazed at Mother Nature! Be sure to check your milkweed — you probably have some fuzzy, black, yellow and white- striped visitors, too. Let me know if you have some.

I discovered these gorgeous caterpillars yesterday morning, munching on my 3 milkweed plants that I brought home from the Eco Tour earlier in the summer. Jenkins Arboretum donated almost 100 plants to the Library and Radnor Conservancy… and we handed them out to everyone who signed up for the tour.

I really had no idea how important milkweed is and how many insects depend on it. The Monarch butterflies must have the milkweed because they lay their eggs on it. The eggs hatch into caterpillars, and after the pupa stage, they become butterflies. Next summer I will be planting more milkweed now that I’m aware of the declining population of Monarchs. I figure they must be really desperate if they found my little garden in Ardmore and are clustered together, on just 3 plants.

It’s true!

Plant it and they will come.

 

See you at the Library,

Pam

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Posted by: Pam | August 25, 2014

Screening of Birders: The Central Park Effect

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Radnor Memorial Library will screen Birders: The Central Park Effect, Wednesday, August 27 at 7:00 pm. The event is the final presentation of the Wild Summer Conservation Film Series, that is co-sponsored by Radnor Conservancy, Radnor Bird Town, and Radnor Township EAC.

Phil Witmer, of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club,  will join us Wednesday evening to talk about the film.

Pet Supplies Plus, a new store in Wayne, donated birdseed as a give-away after the film. Thanks to Jenny, our new friend at Pet Supplies Plus! http://www.petsuppliesplus.com/

The screening is free and the running time is 60 minutes.

See you at the Library,

Pam

Posted by: Pam | July 31, 2014

Bee Friends

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I love these shots from last night’s screening of Vanishing of the Bees.

But my little phone camera is no substitute for a real camera. Must get one, soon…

We were thrilled to have such a large crowd for this important film about the honey bees. I just know that everyone there could have been outside in their garden talking to their tomatoes and flirting with their fireflies, but instead, they came out to the second film of the Wild Summer Conservation Film Series. And that is precisely why we had a gift for everyone after the presention was over.

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Our guest speaker, Warren Graham, said he was inspired by the film and was happy to have finally seen it. Warren is a Master Beekeeper, third generation, who oversees the bee population at Ridley Creek State Park, Linvilla Orchards, Red Hill Farm and other places. Talk about a busy bee…

As a member of Eastern Apicultural Society, the PA State Beekeepers Association, and the Chester County Beekeepers Association, Warren is a determined mentor of young beekeepers. He also has experience as a Pennsylvania State Bee Inspector.

Many thanks to our honey-of-a-beekeeper Colin Hingley!  Earlier in the day, Colin journeyed to North Creek Nurseries in Oxford, PA, to collect the mountain mint plants (bees love it) that the nursery so generously donated to the Library and its partners for the film series: Radnor Conservancy, Radnor Bird Town, and Radnor Township’s EAC.

On August 27, at 7:00pm, we will be screening the third and final film of the series, Birders: The Central Park Effect.

Enjoy your wild and wonderful summer, friends!

See you at the Library,

Pam

Posted by: Pam | July 31, 2014

Friday Fine Film: JOE

In the Winsor Room, on Friday, August 1 @ 1:30pm, Radnor Library will screen Joe.

joeHere’s a preview:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2382396/

An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.

The film is rated R, and stars Nicolas Cage.

Refreshments will be served.

See you at the Library,

Pam

Posted by: Pam | July 28, 2014

Solving the Mystery of the Vanishing of the Bees

 

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The Wild Summer Conservation Film Series continues this Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 7pm in the Winsor Room.

Vanishing of the Bees, an 87- minute documentary, examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and Mother Earth. After the screening, Warren Graham, a third generation Pennsylvania beekeeper from Delaware County, will show some of his hives and talk with us about his life’s work.

Tomorrow, Radnor resident and our own “off and on” beekeeper, Colin Hingley, will drive to North Creek Nurseries in Oxford, PA, http://www.northcreeknurseries.com/to pick up some donated, bee-loving plants that we will be giving away on Wednesday night. Come and get your free plant!

Warren Graham

Warren Graham oversees the bee population at Red Hill Farm, Colonial Plantation at Ridley Creek State Park, Linvilla Orchards, as well as other farms in the area. Warren has traveled the world, meeting and working with beekeepers in exotic apiaries. As a member of Eastern Apicultural Society, the PA State Beekeepers Association, and the Chester County Beekeepers Association, Warren is a determined mentor of young beekeepers. He has experience as a Pennsylvania State Bee Inspector, and is an enthusiastic raconteur of early American bee craft.

This is a free film series presented by Radnor Memorial Library, Radnor Conservancy, Radnor Bird Town, and Radnor Township’s EAC.

Refreshments will be served.

See you at the Library,

Pam

Posted by: Pam | July 7, 2014

Friday Fine Film: Trouble with the Curve

 

 

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On Friday, we’ll be here to MAKE YOUR DAY!

July 11 @ 1:30pm in the Winsor Room, the Library will screen

Trouble with the Curve

Here is a preview:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2083383/

Free popcorn and beverage

See you at the Library,

Pam

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Here are some scenes at the sign-up desk for the Radnor Memorial Library and Radnor Conservancy Eco-Tour that took place on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Pictured here are Sharon Martin, Tracy Pulos, Colin Hingley, Pam Sedor, John Miller. Kathleen Pollack was there, too. On-site at 7 community sites were Jeanne LaRouche, Bob LaRouche, Lucy Carroll, Dave Toomey, Laura Luker, Laurie Miccolis, Jay Junior. 

The following sites were visited by about 50 people who signed up for the Eco-Tour: Laurie and Bob Miccolis’ garden, Skunk Hollow Community Garden (The Willows), Virginia and Bill Gardiner’s garden, Jud Wambold’s bee and butterfly oasis, Catherine Murdock’s garden, Radnor Middle School, and Central Baptist Church.

I wish I had taken pictures of the gorgeous gardens I visited on the Eco-Tour. sigh.

I was late getting over to Skunk Hollow and missed the singing skunk…but I did take a picture of the harmonica-playing squirrel. Also, took this great shot of the goats (and that donkey) near the greenhouse at Radnor Middle School— but I was really looking around for the chickens. Where’d they go, anyway?

(ok, back in my box)

This afternoon at the Library, we gave away the rest of the milkweed that was donated by our friends at Jenkins Arboretum. Everyone who signed up for the Eco-Tour on Saturday went home with a plant. Thanks, Colin, for carting over 90 plants in the trunk of your car. If we see more Monarch butterflies in our neighborhood, we’ll know who to thank.

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Wednesday night we screened the first film of the Wild Summer Conservation Film Series. The Lost Bird Project was about a bird-loving artist, memory and extinction. If you missed it, the Library will have this in our DVD circulating collection for you to watch at home. Phil Wallis from Audubon PA was there to talk about the film. Phil also wants everyone to know that Todd McGrain’s 5 sculptures are on loan to The Audubon Society at Mill Grove for the next year…just a short ride to this historic property where you can see them. Then spend the day hiking, canoeing, and learning all about John James Audubon. All 5 sculptures are also at the Smithsonian for the next year if you find yourself in Washington, D.C…

Colin Hingley had more milkweed to give away after the film, reminding us of the urgency to get them planted in our gardens for the Monarchs and pollinators.

See you at our next film on Wednesday, July 30 at 7pm for Vanishing of the Bees.

Have a wild summer!

 

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On Wednesday, June 25 at 7:00pm, we’ll flock together to screen the first film of the Wild Summer Conservation Film Series in Wayne.

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The Lost Bird Project is a film about public art, extinction, and memory.

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Gone and nearly forgotten in extinction, the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, the Heath Hen, the Carolina Parakeet, and the Passenger Pigeon leave holes not just in the North American landscape but in our collective memories. Moved by their stories, sculptor Todd McGrain set out to create memorials to the lost birds—to bring their vanished forms back into the world.  The Lost Bird Project follows the road-trip that McGrain and his brother-in-law, Andy Stern, take as they search for the locations where the birds were last seen in the wild and negotiate for permission to install McGrain’s large bronze sculptures there.

For more about the artist, please visit his website:

toddmcgrain.com

For more information about the film:

http://www.lostbirdproject.org/

Todd McGrain

At the screening, a guest speaker/local expert will be present to lead a discussion on what we can do to help.

This film presentation is made possible through a partnership with Radnor Conservancy, Radnor Bird Town, and Radnor Township’s Environmental Advisory Committee(EAC).

The screening is free and registration is not required.

See you at the Library,

Pam

Posted by: Pam | June 20, 2014

American Eagle Day, June 20, 2014

 

American Eagle Day

Sending this out to all you eagle-lovers!

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/sres477/text?utm_campaign=govtrack_feed&utm_source=govtrack%2Ffeed&utm_medium=rss

Take a look at the Decorah Eagle Raptor Research Project (in Decorah, Iowa) website…we are all waiting for d-20 (eaglet) to leave the nest. Siblings d-18 and d-19 left 2 days ago.

http://www.decoraheaglecamalerts.com/ie.htm

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