Virtual workshops feature native Alaska plants and ecology

Pink roses bloom on a green hillside
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Learn about landscaping with native plants, such as these wild roses, in one of a series of workshops in May in honor of Native Plant Month.

May is Native Plant Month, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service's Anchorage Outreach Office is offering four virtual workshops, available statewide. Please register in advance for each class.

May 10, 1-2 p.m. — Invasive Chokecherry Trees in Alaska: Learn about the impacts this ornamental, but invasive, tree has on resources in Alaska and how it can be controlled. Registration closed.

May 17, noon to 1 p.m. — Landscaping with Native Plants: Learn about the advantages of including native plants in your landscape, such as providing a natural habitat for native birds and insects. Registration closed.

May 18, noon to 1 p.m. — Backyard Insect Ecology: Learn about the insects in your backyard and their role in the environment. You'll see lots of photos to help identify insects commonly found in the state. Registration closed.

May 24, noon to 1 p.m. — Landscaping for the Birds: Join Bird Treatment Learning Center volunteer and bird biologist Lisa Pajot and local landscape architect M. Elise Huggins as they present the birds most likely to visit your yard and discuss how to attract them. Registration closed.

For more information, contact Gina Dionne, or 907-786-6313.