The Master Gardeners seminar series

MONITORING HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS IN THE ERIE AREA
Amber Stillwell, Jeanette Schnars from the Regional Science Consortium

Cyanotoxins produced by Harmful Algal Blooms ((HABs) pose a serious threat to humans, pets, and overall water quality.  The Regional Science Consortium (RSC) collects and analyzes for these Cyanotoxins around Presque Isle bay, the beaches, and the Lake Erie coastline.  The RSC also maintains a water quality buoy system that can monitor HABs and other environmental factors.

PLASTIC POLLUTION IN THE GREAT LAKES
Anna McCartney (PA Sea Grant)

Plastic waste pollutes our oceans, lakes, and streams.  One-use and then throw away plastic objects contributes greatly to this problem, but all plastics are troublesome.  Come and hear what you can do to reduce this environmental disaster.

LAKE ERIE – OUR LAKE, OUR LIFE
Jerry Skrypzak of the S.O.N.S.

Lake Erie defines our economy, our recreation, our weather, and our lifestyles.  It has been the key factor in the history of our community.  Keeping the lake clean and safe for our natural species and ourselves ensures that Erie will prosper in the future.

REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS IN AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS
Mark Lethaby, Curator of the TREC Natural History Museum

Frogs, salamanders, turtles and snakes are important in aquatic ecosystems and vital in maintaining ecological balance. They are also fascinating and beautiful animals! Those interested in the natural history and conservation of these creatures can participate in the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS). Learn more at paherpsurvey.org.

HYDROPONICS
Kimberly Daugherty, owner of Northern Lights Hydroponics

Hydroponics is the growing of plants in a soilless medium that fosters 30-50% faster growth.  Lighting is controlled, nutrients are known, and less water is needed. It is less labor intensive since there is practically no weeding.

Special Guest – Tom Atkins from WJET TV

LAKE ERIE AND THE WATER CYCLE
Tom Atkins, Meteorologist from WJET TV

Water evaporates from Lake Erie and as it rises and cools, it provides us with snowstorms and thunderstorms.  The water nourishes the flora and fauna and evaporates again.  Water can also be dangerous and water safety education is important.

Schedule of events 2019

Friday
March 22nd

 1:30 PM

 We all live downstream
Erie County Conservation District 

3:30 PM

MONITORING HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS IN THE ERIE AREA
Amber Stillwell, Jeanette Schnars from the Regional Science Consortium

6:30 PM

PLASTIC POLLUTION IN THE GREAT LAKES
Anna McCartney
(PA Sea Grant)

   
   

Saturday
March 23rd

10:30 AM

QUEEN OF DECORATING
JOANNE LENART-WEARY
QUICK SPRING DECORATING IDEAS

11:30 AM

MONITORING HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS IN THE ERIE AREA
AMBER STILLWELL, JEANETTE SCHNARS FROM THE REGIONAL SCIENCE CONSORTIUM

12:30 AM

QUEEN OF DECORATING
JOANNE LENART-WEARY
8 THINGS EVERY WELL-DECORATED ROOM NEEDS

1:30 PM

LAKE ERIE – OUR LAKE, OUR LIFE
Jerry Skrypzak of the S.O.N.S.

3:30 PM

REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS IN AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS
Mark Lethaby, Curator of the TREC Natural History Museum

 4:30 PM

WE ALL LIVE DOWNSTREAM
ERIE COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT 

6:30 PM LAKE ERIE AND THE WATER CYCLE
Tom Atkins, Meteorologist from WJET TV

Sunday
March 24th

11:30 AM

QUEEN OF DECORATING
JOANNE LENART-WEARY
QUICK SPRING DECORATING IDEAS

12:30 PM

HYDROPONIcs
Kimberly Daugherty, Northern Lights Hydroponics

1:30 PM

WE ALL LIVE DOWNSTREAM
ERIE COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT

 2:30 PM

HYDROPONIcs
Kimberly Daugherty, Northern Lights Hydroponics