Endangered Pollinators: a Southeast MN Perspective from Scott Leddy
You are invited to Wild Ones Twin Cities fall opener, a lovingly illustrated talk about the pollinators of high quality remnant prairies in Rushford, Minnesota, and the Root River valley given by notable naturalist and restoration practitioner Scott Leddy.
A native of the area, Scott Leddy has been working more than three decades to restore Driftless Area sand and mesic prairies and bluffs (goat prairies), observing and photographing the native plants and pollinators and other insects that inhabit their different ecological niches. Decades of observation reflect his deep interest in the interconnectivity between pollinators and the host plants they need to survive.
In 2014, Scott conducted the first native bee survey ever done in southeastern Minnesota, as well as prairie remnant butterfly surveys. In the seven years working as Meadowlark Restorations, he performed fourteen native prairie restorations, on both private and public lands, along with the native bee and prairie remnant butterfly surveys.
His passion for restoration is also a reaction to the relentless incursion of trees, invasive exotics and other means of habitat degradation. Many of the prairie species he has found in the Driftless Area are no longer found elsewhere, due to habitat degradation even in our most natural areas. Years of work removing trees, watching over burns, and painstaking seed collection show Scott’s respect and love for these prairies.
Join us Tuesday, September 18, 7-8:30 pm, at Wood Lake Nature Center,
6710 Lakeshore Dr, Richfield, MN 55423