You are Invited to a Fundraiser
for Bedrock Gardens in Lee, NH
Saturday, September 30th @ 2:00 p.m.
Location: 627 Route 1, York, Maine (in the Eldredge Building)
Doug Tallamy, an award winning author and ecologist will be giving a free presentation on whether ‘alien’ plants are all bad. Dr. Tallamy has an impressive background in ecology. He is a Post-Doctoral fellow in Entomology, M.S. and Ph.D. in Entomology, and B.S. in Biology. He is Professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, is actively doing research, has published a wide variety of papers and is the author of “Bringing Nature Home” and co-author of “The Living Landscape”.
Are “Alien” Plants “Bad”?
The expense of fightng alien plant invasions and the unpopularity of restricting the sale of ornamental invasives have motivated several public figures to question the wisdom of continuing to battle invasive plants. After all, they argue, if an alien plant helps a particular butterfly, bird, or bee, why not embrace it? Using data from several studies, Tallamy answers this and related questions, showing that we can determine the overall impact of alien plants on our ecosystems only by comparing what is gained from their use with what is lost when they replace native plant communities. Introduced plants are not the ecological equivalents of the native plants they displace because they do not support the diverse and stable food webs that run our ecosystems. Exchanging plants that support all of our animal diversity for plants that support only a few species is ecologically indefensible.
Use the button below to sign up. This is a free seminar, but a Free Will Donation will be appreciated – all funds to benefit Bedrock Gardens in Lee, NH.
“Making Insects: A Guide to Restoring the Little Things That Run the World”
A Second Seminar by Doug Tallamy
to be held in Durham, NH
Sunday, October 1st @ 1:00 p.m.
Location: Thompson Center of Applied Sciences at UNH, Durham, NH
Insect populations have declined 45% globally since 1974. The most alarming part of this statistic is that we don’t seem to care, despite the fact that a world without insects is a world without humans! So how do we build landscapes that support the pollinators, herbivores, detritivores, predators and parasitoids that run the ecosystems we depend on? Tallamy will remind us of the many essential roles insects play, and describe the simple changes we must make in our landscapes and our atitudes to keep insects on the ground, in the air and yes, on our plants.
For the October 1st seminar, please make reservations directly with Bedrock Gardens, Lee, NH, at www.bedrockgardens.org. Tickets are best ordered in advance. Please see information on the Bedrock Gardens website.