Wild Ones Prairie Edge April Meeting – Nurturing Habitat for Wildlife
A special presentation jointly hosted by Wild Ones Prairie Edge and Big River Big Woods Chapters
Join the meeting at 7 pm, Wednesday April 20th:
Why do we call some insects “beneficial” while others are “pests”? Why do we welcome some larger animals to our garden while calling others “nuisances”? Why are some plants considered “desirable” while others are “weeds”? In this myth-busting talk, learn how common growing methods divide the natural world into false dichotomies and perpetuate misperceptions about the wild species living among us.
Discover practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action by protecting nesting and overwintering sites; eliminating unintended hazards; identifying and nurturing plants that provide food and shelter; restoring habitat with minimal disturbance to animals; and humanely resolving conflicts with mammals and other commonly misunderstood creatures.
Nancy Lawson is the author of The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife, a habitat consultant, a columnist for All Animals magazine, and a frequent speaker on garden ecology. She founded Humane Gardener to pioneer creative planting strategies and animal-friendly landscaping methods.
Lawson’s presentations at diverse venues—from national wildlife refuges and wildflower preserves to universities and state natural resource agencies—have inspired even seasoned horticulturists and wildlife experts to look at their landscapes in a new way. Certified as a Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional and master naturalist, she partners with nonprofits in the national capital region, including Howard County Bee City, Audubon Society of Central Maryland, and Patapsco Heritage Greenway. Her book and garden have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Oprah magazine and other media outlets.