These members of Scranton’s Laurel Garden Club were turned into trees at Northeast PA Audubon’s October 2015 Backyard Habitat program: tall trees, medium trees, and shrubs. One person was designated as a dead or dying den tree which brought laughs as she held up one arm and opened her mouth as a denning site for wildlife. They had to arrange themselves to provide as much habitat variety as possible — different density, spacing, and heights, and corridors along which wildlife might safely travel.
Board members David Trently and Katharine Dodge presented the program to about seventy members of the club. They discussed the vital role of species biodiversity, the reasons for using native plant species over exotic ones, and the misuse of pesticides by many homeowners. They provided tips on how to make one’s yard into better habitat for biological diversity. The finale was a very funny conversation between God and St. Francis on the subject of lawns — how ridiculous it is to encourage vast, pristine lawns to grow so that we can spend our time and fossil fuels to cut them — an activity found to be very puzzling to God.
The Northeast PA Audubon Society is co-sponsoring the upcoming Wayne Lackawanna Forest Landowner Association’s public program entitled “Networks for Life: Your Role in Stitching the Natural World Together ” with Dr. Douglas Tallamy. Tallamy is a professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware. Author of the book “Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants,” Tallamy believes that the way we have landscaped our cities, suburbs and farmland is destroying the biological diversity we need to sustain human life as we know it.
Our natural areas are too small, fragmented, and isolated to sustain the plants and animals that run our ecosystems. By using native plants in our neighborhoods and corporate landscapes we can restore ecosystem function where we live and work. Tallamy will offer a way of reconnecting those isolated habitats, a method of “stitching” them all together, by reworking our landscapes with the kinds of plants that are best at providing the food and shelter the other creatures need. How we landscape today, he argues, will determine what life looks like tomorrow.
The program will be Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 pm in the auditorium of the Carbondale Jr/Sr High School, which is just off Business Route 6, a little west of the center of town. Admission is $10 and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served, making reservations is a must. Please e-mail WLFLA president Joe Preate at email@example.com or call him at 570-430-6316.
We have been joining Darryl and Jackie to observe this owl banding for several years and we had our best year in 2009 when they captured 9 Saw-Whets that night. Nine adults and children had the opportunity to hold and release these little owls. Though there is no guarantee that we will catch these owls on any night, we have caught at least one every year that Audubon has brought people to the banding.
They capture them in mist nets which are fine nets that are stretched across an area. They place a recorder on one side of the nets that broadcasts saw-whet owl calls. Hopefully the little owls will be attracted by the calls they hear broadcast and fly into the net where Darryl will carefully remove them, put them in a cloth bag to calm them down and bring them to where some of us are waiting. When he goes to the nets you will have the choice of staying where they examine owls or join Darryl at the nets.
We schedule this on a Friday night so children can attend, as they don’t have school the next day. We hope you will bring your children as we believe this kind of event will expand their interest in nature. Our children are the future stewards of this planet so we hope we can get them interested in nature and the environment.
This is an exciting event for both children and adults, so come join us and enjoy the night.
For further information and reservations, contact Bob at 570-676-9969 or firstname.lastname@example.org.