On Saturday, January 25, 2014, Wild Ones Fox Valley Area Chapter will be holding our 18th Annual Conference Toward Harmony with Nature in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
We are very fortunate to have Dr. Doug Tallamy, nationally recognized environmental speaker and award winning author of Bringing Nature Home, giving the keynote presentation on “The Vital New Role of the Suburban/Urban Garden.”
Dr. Tallamy is Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware where he has taught for 32 years and is Director of the Center for Managed Ecosystems. His book has stimulated a national discussion on the connection between native plants and pollinators and the need to rethink how we landscape our yards and community open spaces to make them more sustainable and environmentally healthy.
He will give his presentation in two parts during the morning: Part I-The Value of Having Native Plants in Our Yards and Part II-Creating Healthy, Biodiverse Neighborhood Corridors.
He is an incredible speaker, has beautiful photos, and anyone that hears him goes away with renewed inspiration on the importance of native plants and the role they play in sustaining pollinators and the basic web of life. He makes it so understandable as to why we must change the way we landscape our yards and community open spaces. And, he has great insight on how to do so and how to encourage others as well.
We are extremely excited to have him spend the entire morning with us – a very rare treat. It will be a fantastic experience for all that attend. During the afternoon, six expert speakers will talk about native plant gardening in whatever conditions your site provides.
I have attached the pdf of the conference flyer and the conference brochure and ask that you share with your members. The registration deadline is January 14.
For more detailed information on the presentation, Dr. Tallamy and, to register on line, please go to our conference website towardharmonywithnature.org.
Having heard Dr. Doug Tallamy I can assure you, to have him come to the Fox Valley Area is an opportunity not to miss. His presentation will inspire and support the work of your members, especially when it comes to making our neighborhoods and community open spaces sustainable, healthy and environmentally friendly areas.
President, Wild Ones Fox Valley Area Chapter