On August 26 from 5-8pm, join VNRC and co-sponsor Vermont Alliance for Half-Earth for a free community workshop and dinner featuring Doug Tallamy, one of the country’s most renowned conservation scientists and educators. In his captivating speaking style, illuminated with beautiful photos, you’ll learn why biodiversity is so vital to functioning ecosystems and what you can do to provide space and healthy habitats Vermont species need to thrive.
This event will be hosted by Lareau Farm and American Flatbread in Waitsfield. To help cover costs, donations are suggested and welcomed.
To attend, you must register online by August 20th at this link: https://secure.everyaction.com/K6u3aJbe00y3huBQHhJ62Q2.
Complementing Doug’s remarks will be a potpourri of conservation resources and tips attendees can put to use on their own land, in their towns and schools.
- How to create friendly habitat for the Vermont’s many bird species;
- What you can do to protect the water that wildlife depends upon;
- Forest management practices that support biodiversity;
- How to deal with invasive species;
- The central role Vermont plays as species move in response to climate change;
- How to build habitat to support an array of local wildlife; and
- What’s entailed in conserving property.
Experts from workshop co-sponsors will be staffing stations throughout the event to address these and other relevant topics.
- National Wildlife Federation
- The Nature Conservancy Vermont
- Shelburne Farms
- Trust for Public Land
- Vermont Land Trust
- Audubon Vermont
- Friends of the Mad River
- Friends of the Winooski River
- Northeast Wilderness Trust
- North Branch Nature Center
About Doug Tallamy
Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 104 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities.
His book Bringing Nature Home was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014; Nature’s Best Hope, a New York Times Best Seller, was released in February 2020, and his latest book The Nature of Oaks was released by Timber press in March 2021. Doug is the impetus behind Homegrown National Park, a national effort to inspire 20 million acres of native plantings in the U.S.