Field guide author will speak in North Branch

Stan Tekiela to keynote spring show


COM_Tekiela bird bookJerry Vitalis
Chisago County Master Gardener

You may have some of his books on your shelf.

“Birds of Minnesota,” “Wildflowers of Minnesota,” “Trees of Minnesota,” “Mammals of Minnesota” and “Reptiles and Amphibians of Minnesota” are among the state-specific field guides Stan Tekiela has published.

His bird books include “Captivating Bluebirds,” “Fascinating Loons” and “Intriguing Owls.”

He also wrote “The Lives of Wolves” and “Whose Butt?” for animal lovers.

Tekiela will be the keynote speaker for the 15th annual Gardening Spring Bonanza at the North Branch Senior High School on Saturday, March 16.

The author, naturalist, and wildlife photographer will present uncommon facts about common birds.  After hearing this, you will never look at birds the same way again.  This talk will wrap up with a strong environmental message on conservation.

Other learning opportunities abound. There will be three sessions, with a choice of classes to take in each session.

Session 1 classes are Companion Planting, When Wildlife You Love Drive You Crazy, Blueberries, and Pests, Pathogens and People.  Session 2 includes Seed Starting, Wild Edible Plants, Grapes, and Fairy Gardening.  The third session of classes includes Square Foot Gardening, Drip Irrigation, Backyard Orchard Basics, and Decoding Gardening Advice.

The Chisago County Master Gardeners spring bonanza will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. North Branch Senior High School is located at 38175 Grand Ave. The cost is $10 per person for the day-long event.

To pre-register, call Sue Humble at 651-277-0151. Walk-in registration for any remaining classes begins at 8 a.m. on March 16. There will be plenty of opportunities to take classes.

Many local vendors will offer gardening information and products for sale.