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.