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Eric Topper, Maine Audubon’s Director of Education, presents “Bringing Nature Home,” expanding native plants into our backyards to encourage Maine birds by improving their habitats. Even a modest increase in the native plant cover on suburban properties greatly increases the diversity of insects, birds, and other animals that use the landscape. At its heart, this Maine Audubon project is about restoring and rebuilding Maine’s natural biodiversity by planting the native wildflowers, shrubs, and trees that support the widest array of wildlife.
Eric will introduce what individuals and groups can do in their own landscape, including what plants to choose and how to manage and maintain gardens for their full ecological function and benefit. He will discuss the large selection of beautiful native flowers, shrubs and trees we can incorporate into our yards to attract and support a multitude of birds, butterflies and other interesting native wildlife.