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Landscaping for Bird Diversity - Grow Native Mass Workshop

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

This event is organized by Grow Native Massachusetts, and taught by Claudia Thompson, the founder of Grow Native.

Do you aspire to create landscapes with genuine ecological value for a wide array of avian species from songbirds, to raptors, owls, woodpeckers, and more? Claudia will lead an in-depth exploration of the principles and practices for achieving this objective, based on understanding the essential habitat requirements for bird survival.

Our examination starts, of course, with the importance of native plants. Then we will take a deeper look at the value of different canopy layers, preferred planting strategies, techniques for providing water, and the critical role of active ecological systems to avian survival. We finish by considering our human interactions with birds. What are the pros and cons of feeding birds directly, through seed and suet? Do nest boxes really help our native songbirds to breed? And given the threats from both human activity and non-native bird species, how can we tilt the balance in favor of our native songbirds?

Claudia Thompson founded Grow Native Massachusetts in 2010. She is nationally recognized as a leader in the native plant movement, and was featured as one of the Wild Ones in Garden Design magazine along with Doug Tallamy, Darrel Morrison, and others. She has had an extensive career as an ecologist and environmental educator. Claudia's happiest moments are spent in her own garden where she has recorded 77 species of birds including woodpeckers, migrating songbirds, and even rare woodcocks all using the habitat she and her husband have created on their small urban parcel in Cambridge.

Location:
Great Hall Lodge at Cedar Hill
265 Beaver Street
Waltham, MA 02452

Sponsor(s): Grow Native Massachusetts
Time(s): 5:30 - 7:30pm
Cost: $28/ $38
Phone: 781-790-8921
Email: mgallogly@grownativemass.org
Website: https://connect.clickandpledge.com/w/Form/f1c0af16-6029-48aa-a06c-f0c213316e58

Published on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
All information is subject to change.

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