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April 28, 2014

Hawk Mountain to host annual native plant sale

Live raptor programs to follow after

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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will host its annual Native Plant Sale Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m outside the Visitor Center. The sale will feature a mix of native trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, ferns, and flowers, rotating demos throughout the day by Master Gardeners on pollinators, native plant container gardening, and composting, expert advice from volunteers, and live raptor programs at 11 am and 2 pm in the Outdoor Amphitheater.

“Natives are great because if you the right species in the right place, not only will it thrive, but you will be able to enjoy a diverse selection of species,” says Sanctuary caretaker Ryan Beltz who helps organize the events. “They also require less maintenance, less water and benefit wildlife.”

The term “native plant” refers to a species that is naturally occurring to a region. Non-native plants (or, “exotics”) that are introduced to an area either intentionally or unintentionally can become “invasive.” Invasive species that are left unchecked by their natural predators can spread quickly and can disrupt the ecosystem, pushing rare native species to extinction. Native plant gardening features plants which are low in cost and maintenance, and benefits the local wildlife.

Beltz says that natives also reduce pesticide use. “Because native plants are adapted to local conditions, they have a natural, built-in defense system to many insects. This means you save money on chemicals and sprays, and instead get to see more butterflies and birds” she explains.

 All proceeds from the sale will benefit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary’s conservation programs. For more information, please call 610-756-6961610-756-6961 or visit www.hawkmountain.org.  

Celebrating 80 years in raptor conservation, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world's first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation. The 2,500-acre Sanctuary, 8-mile trail system and Visitor Center is open to the public year-round. A trail fee or membership dues supports local to global conservation programs, including public education, professional training and scientific research programs.

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