Wild Ones presents: ‘Bringing Nature Home’ Oct. 20

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Join the Rock River Valley Chapter of Wild Ones: Natural Landscapers, as they host a presentation called “Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens.” The event will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, at Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford.

Presenter will be Doug Tallamy, professor and chairman of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology and director of the Center for Managed Ecosystems at the University of Delaware. Tallamy is an author, researcher, professor and national speaker. He will present this program with the same title as his award-winning book. Because our gardens and managed landscapes are part of the terrestrial ecosystems that sustain humans and the life around us, we must keep them in working order. To do that, we can no longer view plants only as ornaments, but must consider all of their roles when selecting them for our gardens. Talamy will discuss the important ecological roles of the native plants in our landscapes and emphasize the benefits of designing gardens with these roles in mind.

This program is free and open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome. Overflow parking is available in the Riverfront Museum parking lot, one block south of the Burpee Museum of Natural History on North Main Street.

For more information, contact Terry Mohaupt, Wild Ones program chairman, at (815) 399-8432 or mohaupt@comcast.net.

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