Western Maine Audubon plans to present a live presentation, “Gardening to Please the Birds and the Bees,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. Shown is a hummingbird moth on bee balm. Submitted photo

FARMINGTON — Western Maine Audubon plans to present a live presentation, Gardening to Please the Birds and the Bees, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13.

The talk, given by State Horticulturist Gary Fish, will be held in Room 101 of the Roberts Learning Center at 270 Main St. on the campus of the University of Maine at Farmington.

Many gardens are filled with plants from Asia and Europe which native insects do not recognize as food sources. The lack of these insect resources impacts the ability of birds to raise their young, according to a news release from the Western Maine chapter of Maine Audubon.

Fish will give an overview of these concerns and provide resources and ideas on how to incorporate native plants into gardens.

Gary Fish Submitted photo

Fish received a Bachelor of Science degree in forest and wildlife management from University of Maine, College of Forest Resources in 1982. He has been the state horticulturist since 2015 and manager of Pesticide Programs for the Board of Pesticides Control.

He has been a practicing licensed professional forester since 1985 and is former chair of the Arborist Board.

Fish, who grew up in Farmington, also is a landscape and nature photographer, with works featured at Phish Photography on Etsy.

Until further notice, masks are required by the university. Social distancing is encouraged as well, and attendees are requested to be vaccinated.

For more information, visit western.maineaudubon.org.