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January 2023

Jan
21

Creating Pollinator Gardens: The Role of Plant Choice and Design

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Saturday, January 21st, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation

Our monthly meeting via Zoom will include viewing of a webinar from the Pollinator Habitat 101: An Introduction and Refresher series produced by The Ohio State University Bee Lab in Fall 2022.   Followed by live Q&A. Register to receive the Zoom link for our meeting.  Click "Read more" to access more info on the OSU series.

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Jan
28

Chapter Board Event Members Only

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Saturday, January 28th, 2023
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First Church of Christ Congregational, 499 Town St, East Haddam, CT, 06423 Map

Members Only Free Event Chapter Board Meeting Free Public Parking

Monthly chapter business meeting and 2023 planning session.

February 2023

Feb
3

Chapter Board Meeting Members Only

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Friday, February 3rd, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Members Only Free Event Chapter Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting

Feb
18

UNTAMED AG: Changing Lives and Landscapes with Milkweed

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Saturday, February 18th, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation

What is a Weed? A plant whose virtues have yet to be discovered.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Join us for a live virtual presentation via Zoom by Debbie Dekleva, aka Milkweed Maverick, to explore the past, present and future uses of milkweed, the monarch butterfly’s larval host plant. Her goal is to utilize milkweed’s  attributes in consumer and industrial products to increase biodiversity, support the monarch migration, and invigorate the economy of rural communities.  Debbie is a second generation milkweed entrepreneur whose innovations based on milkweed are implemented by engaging communities in the responsible collection of milkweed materials and creating novel business ventures that fund the protection and restoration conservation of nature while creating economic vitality in UNTAMED AG communities.

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March 2023

Mar
3

Chapter Board Meeting Members Only

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Friday, March 3rd, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Members Only Free Event Chapter Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting

Mar
25

Through a Photographer's Eye: Tips for Capturing Flora and Fauna in Your Garden

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Saturday, March 25th, 2023
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Room 101 New London Hall, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave Pkwy, New London, CT, 06320 Map

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Chapter Meeting Chapter Social Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Wild Ones 2022 Photo Contest Winner David Silsbee will share tips and tricks for photographing insects in your garden. 

April 2023

Apr
7

Chapter Board Meeting Members Only

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Friday, April 7th, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Members Only Free Event Chapter Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting

Apr
15

Management of Invasive Plants

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Saturday, April 15th, 2023
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Coogan Farm Nature & Heritage Center, 162 Greenmanville Ave, Stonington, CT, 06355 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Nature Walk/Hike Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Invasive exotic plants threaten biodiversity and degrade habitat for wildlife. Spring is a good time to assess the invaders on your property and develop your management plan.  Learn how to identify several commonly encountered types of invasive plants and control their spread with habitat restoration volunteer and Mountain Laurel Chapter President Lydia Pan.  For the past several years, Lydia has led a team of volunteers at Coogan Farm, who work to eliminate or reduce invasive plants at selected sites and replace them with native alternatives that support a diversity of pollinators and wildlife.  A variety of weed control methods will be discussed that homeowners can employ in their own yards.  The program will start with a short talk followed by a walk to see a variety of habitats on the Farm property that are being managed and restored.

Meet at the JX Art Barn.  Program is free but advance registration is required. This program is offered in partnership with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center at their Coogan Farm campus.

May 2023

May
5

Chapter Board Meeting Members Only

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Friday, May 5th, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Members Only Free Event Chapter Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting

May
18

Native Deciduous Azaleas: The Talk

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Thursday, May 18th, 2023
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New London Hall, room 101 on the Connecticut College campus., 270 Mohegan Ave Pkwy, New London, CT, 06320 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

The nationally accredited Nancy Moss Fine Azalea Garden displays 18 different types of deciduous azalea indigenous to eastern North America. At least one species can be found in bloom from late April through mid-August. This tour coincides with what we anticipate will be peak bloom time, so you are sure to experience a variety of fragrance and color.

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May
25

Native Deciduous Azaleas: The Walk

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Thursday, May 25th, 2023
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Connecticut College Arboretum's Native Plant Collection, 830 Williams St, New London, CT, 06320 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Free Public Parking

The Nancy Moss Fine Azalea Garden displays 18 different types indigenous to eastern North America. At least one species can be found in bloom from late April through mid-August. This tour coincides with what we anticipate to be peak bloom time, so you are sure to experience the variety of fragrance and color.

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June 2023

Jun
9

Chapter Board Meeting Members Only

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Friday, June 9th, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Members Only Free Event Chapter Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting

Jun
17

Softwood Cutting Propagation Demo & Walk

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Saturday, June 17th, 2023
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Buck Lodge, Connecticut College Arboretum, 830 Williams St, New London, CT, 06320 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Hands-On/How-To Workshop Free Public Parking

Participants will tour the Native Plant Collection with Arboretum Assistant Director Maggie Redfern and learn techniques for how to collect, stick and successfully root softwood cuttings including how to apply these practices at home. Registration will be required.

Jun
27

Grass ID Walk

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Tuesday, June 27th, 2023
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Branford Land Trust Van Wie Preserve, 102 Red Hill Rd, Branford, CT, 06405 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Hands-On/How-To Workshop Nature Walk/Hike Free Public Parking

Lauren Brown, author of “Grasses, Sedges, Rushes: An identification Guide”, will guide us to identify many native and naturalized grasses and grass-like plants in the field.  The walk will take approximately 90 minutes and will be followed by 30 minutes for Q&A.

This program is free but requires registration since the group size will be limited.  Wild Ones members receive preference if registered before June 14.  Non-members who are interested will be placed on a waiting list for any remaining slots on June 14.  If the program is not full, registration will remain open after that date.  To register, contact Susan Kinsman at [email protected].

July 2023

Jul
7

Chapter Board Meeting Members Only

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Friday, July 7th, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Members Only Free Event Chapter Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting

Jul
9

URBAN ECOLOGY: BEAVER POND PARK & THE NEWHALLVILLE LEARNING CORRIDOR

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Sunday, July 9th, 2023
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Urbanscapes Native Plant Nursery, 133 Hazel St, New Haven, CT, 06511 Map

Public Welcome Hands-On/How-To Workshop Group Tour Nature Walk/Hike Seed/Plant Sale Free Public Parking

DESCRIPTION: Visit two urban sites in New Haven where welcoming habitat has been created for people, pollinators and other wildlife. First we will visit Urbanscapes Native Plant Nursery and the Newhallville Learning Corridor with Dennis Riordan and Doreen Abubakar, respectively. Then we will go to nearby Beaver Pond Park where Nan Bartow will lead a tour of their habitat gardens including the Urban Oasis. THIS PROGRAM IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED). 

You can support Urbanscapes by purchasing plants available for sale at the nursery. You can also pre-order and pay online to save time at pickup. If you pre-order plants, mention that you will pick them up on July 9.  Plant Sale Link: https://menunkatuck.org/plants-for-sale

DIRECTIONS: Meet at Urbanscapes, 133 Hazel St, New Haven (across the street from the Learning Corridor.) Your best bet is to park on Hazel Street (one-way). The entrance to Beaver Ponds Park is on Fournier St near Crescent St in New Haven. We will walk or carpool over from Urbanscapes--the distance is less than 1 mile.

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August 2023

Aug
4

Chapter Board Meeting Members Only

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Friday, August 4th, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Members Only Free Event Chapter Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting

Aug
19

Bug Walk

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Saturday, August 19th, 2023
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Ruby & Elizabeth Cohen Woodlands, 96 McDonald Rd, Colchester, CT, 06415 Map

Public Welcome Hands-On/How-To Workshop Group Tour Nature Walk/Hike Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Learn where to find and how to identify insects all around us with Pamm Cooper.
Pamm works at the UConn Home and Garden Education Center which provides information free of charge on gardening, wildlife, lawn, insect, plant disease and other and aspects of residential landscape plant culture and issues. She has also worked for Dr. David Wagner raising lepidoptera for publications and for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on property evaluations. She is an accomplished nature photographer and have had many images used in publications. She teaches the UConn Master Gardener entomology (study of insects) class.

Bring your bug nets, hand lens and macro camera and what you will need for a field walk. You will be around ticks and mosquitos, please dress appropriately.

Registration limited to 12 people. Wild Ones members will be given priority for registration until Aug. 11th. Please contact Susan Kinsman @ [email protected]

September 2023

Sep
8

Chapter Board Meeting Members Only

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Friday, September 8th, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Members Only Limited Access Recording Free Event Chapter Board Meeting

Monthly Board business meeting.  Final meeting before plant sale.

Sep
15

Fall Native Plant Sale - pre-order pick-up and sale (Day 1 of 2-day event)

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Friday, September 15th, 2023
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Connecticut College, 33 Gallows Ln, CT, 06375 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Seed/Plant Sale Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Fall is the best season to plant many native plants. This year’s sale will be slightly different: only woody plants need to be pre-ordered online.  We are selling an expanded selection of 1-2 gal pots of trees and shrubs, all locally grown. Flowering perennials, grasses and other member-grown plants for sale during pick-up hours.  We are not able to publish an exact list of the plants that will be for available, but expect to have an interesting and diverse selection. Check back soon for pre-ordering information.

Sep
16

Fall Native Plant Sale - pre-order pick-up and sale (Day 2 of 2-day event)

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Saturday, September 16th, 2023
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Connecticut College, 33 Gallows Ln, CT, 06375 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Seed/Plant Sale Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Fall is the best season to plant many native plants. This year’s sale will be slightly different: only woody plants need to be pre-ordered online.  We are selling an expanded selection of 1-2 gal pots of trees and shrubs, all locally grown. Flowering perennials, grasses and other member-grown plants for sale during pick-up hours.  We are not able to publish an exact list of the plants that will be for available, but expect to have an interesting and diverse selection. Check back soon for pre-ordering information.

October 2023

Oct
6

Chapter Board Meeting Members Only

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Friday, October 6th, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Members Only Free Event Chapter Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting

Oct
12

"Creating and Managing Landscapes for Native Bees" with Heather Holm

Hosted by Wild Ones National
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Thursday, October 12th, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Join Wild Ones Honorary Director Heather Holm as she explores the nesting habitats, life cycles, pollen collection, brood rearing, and general characteristics of some of the most common native bees in eastern North America, while highlighting the pollination of native plants and the mutualism between native plants and native bees.

When creating and managing thriving habitats for native bees, many factors such as seasonal phenology, nesting strategies, and flower preferences must be considered—and with approximately 3,600 species in North America (north of Mexico), there are many unique aspects to keep in mind when managing successful landscapes for bees. 

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Oct
27

Native Plants in Fruit and Seed Help Birds Fuel Up for Migration

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Friday, October 27th, 2023
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Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters - Salt Meadow Unit, 733 Old Clinton Rd, Westbrook, CT, 06498 Map

Public Welcome Group Tour Nature Walk/Hike Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Join us for a guided walk at Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge (Salt Marsh Unit). Wildlife biologist Kris Vagos will introduce the refuge and talk a little about the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge System before leading all participants on a short hike to learn about native plants and their role in bird migration. She will also talk about pollinators and native plants and answer any questions you may have about plants you see along the way. 

To Register, please email Sue S at [email protected]

PROGRAM DETAILS:

The route is less than a mile long but has hills. Kris will open the building before and after the walk for restroom use (but will lock up before she leaves). Wear good walking shoes and bring water   If you want to enjoy more of the refuge after the walk with Kris, feel free to bring a picnic lunch (take out what you bring in) and explore on your own.  For kayakers, a small boat launch at Kirtland Landing on Rt. 145 in Westbrook (outside the refuge), provides public access without charge.

REGISTRATION

This program is free and open to the public, but we ask that you register at the link below because group size will be limited.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM LEADER:

Kris Vagos has been a Wildlife Biologist at Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge since 2011. Her main focus at the refuge is creating and enhancing habitat for threatened and endangered species such as the roseate tern on Falkner Island, managing habitat for at-risk species, and fostering a better understanding of the refuge and the natural world. Before coming to Connecticut, Kris worked at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge along the southern coast of Maine, did research on the endangered white-winged guan in Peru, helped reintroduce the aplomado falcon to Texas, was a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania with Retezat National Park, and was an Americorps volunteer in the Adirondacks where she taught environmental education and worked on a trail crew. She got her undergraduate degree in Biology from Boston College and received her Master's degree in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire where she was a research assistant. Kris loves to travel and visits a new country every year.

To Register, please email Sue S at [email protected]

November 2023

Nov
4

SALT (Smaller American Lawns Today) Conference: Planting Trees Today for a Greener Future!

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Saturday, November 4th, 2023
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Connecticut College, Blaustein Humanities Center, 270 Mohegan Ave Pkwy, New London, CT, 06320 Map

Public Welcome Paid Event Conference/Symposium Public Restroom Free Public Parking

For those wanting to make positive environmental change, join us at the SALT Conference to learn about planting native trees to make our landscape more biodiverse and ecologically resilient while supporting social and environmental justice. In person presentations and lunch included. 

Co-Sponsored by Connecticut College Arboretum

Presentations: 

Native Trees for Northeast Landscapes
Heather McCargo, Founder, Wild Seed Project
Planting a diversity of native trees into our human dominated landscapes is a powerful act that each of us can take in our communities to support diverse wildlife and buffer local ecosystems as the climate changes. In this presentation Heather will help you think like a forest with its layers of vegetation above ground to the diverse soil community below, and to also understand the importance of planting seed grown trees to support the genetic diversity of our native plants as we bring more of them into our landscapes.

Keystone Trees for the Songbird and Pollinator Conservation
Desiree Narango, Conservation Scientist, Vermont Center for Ecostudies
Across every ecosystem, trees vary in the resources they provide and the wildlife they support. In this talk, Desiree will speak about coevolutionary relationships between plants, insects and birds. She'll provide information about which native trees are the 'power plants' that support local food webs based on her research across New England and beyond. Desiree will also speak about steps you can take to conserve biodiversity at home and how your backyard observations can contribute to advancing our understanding of plant-animal interactions.

Forest De-vining
Chris Ozyck, Associate Director, Urban Resources Initiative
Chris has been leading the charge with invasive removal in New Haven and has been involved in native tree plantings in parks. He invites volunteers to identify and prune invasive vines that, when cut back, will promote a healthy forest canopy. This hands-on approach to “de-vining” our trees is intended to empower everyone to help maintain natural areas, public greenspaces and your own backyard.

Leafed Out: Growing Connecticut’s Urban Canopy through Community Leadership
Drew Goldsman, Urban Conservation Director and Tim Clark, Southeastern CT Program Director, The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut
Within the past year alone, over $1.5 billion has been made available to communities to steward and expand their urban forests. The Nature Conservancy and partners will discuss urban forestry initiatives across Connecticut, including in New London and Bridgeport, to engage the audience in a discussion of the future of trees in our communities.

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Nov
16

"The Gardener's Guide to Prairie Plants" with Neil Diboll and Hilary Cox

Hosted by Wild Ones National
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Thursday, November 16th, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Join us for an enlightening webinar featuring authors, Neil Diboll and Hilary Cox, as they present their latest book, "The Gardener’s Guide to Prairie Plants." This comprehensive compendium is a treasure trove of knowledge for gardeners looking to incorporate native prairie plants into their landscapes. Neil and Hilary will delve into the making and application of this essential guide, sharing rich historical and ecological insights about prairie ecosystems, all while showcasing stunning images of prairie flora. 

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December 2023

Dec
2

2023 Annual Members Meeting & Holiday Potluck Members Only

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Saturday, December 2nd, 2023
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Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, 100 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT, 06371 Map

Members Only Free Event Chapter Meeting Chapter Social Seed/Plant Swap Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Wild Ones members and their guests are invited to our Mountain Laurel Chapter’s annual holiday meeting & potluck lunch. 
1 PM:  Potluck and socializing
2 PM:  Business Meeting & Open Floor
3 PM:  Native Seed Exchange
3:30 PM:  Raffle Drawing
 
 
Hear the “Year in Review,” financial report and election results.  Share Wild Ones related ideas and information.
 
Bring seeds to swap at the seed exchange. Even if you don’t have seeds, you can get seeds for a small donation.  See our guidelines and add to the species list.  Contact Lydia ([email protected]) with seed questions.
 
Please RSVP here.  
To make this a low-waste event, we ask that you bring your own reusable mug, plate and utensils. Everyone who complies will get a free raffle ticket!
 
Join us to end the year with
good food, conversation and camaraderie!

Dec
8

Chapter Board Meeting Members Only

This event has ended
Friday, December 8th, 2023
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Online/Virtual

Members Only Free Event Chapter Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting