May 03, 2014

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary welcomes author Doug Tallamy

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary welcomes award-winning natural history author and native plant advocate and expert Doug Tallamy May 17 at 10 a.m. in the Education Building for a one-time-only lecture “Plant a Better Bird Feeder.” He also will host a 7 p.m. lecture at the Holleran Center, Alvernia University in Reading, at 7 p.m. for a larger lecture on the ecological importance of plants in our landscapes. Both lectures cost $15 and have limited seating. To reserve, please call 610-756-6961 well in advance.

“The plants we choose for our home landscapes matter,” Tallamy says. “They determine the number and the diversity of animals that can live there. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary provides a wonderful example of how to do it right and I’m excited to share my work there,” he adds.

The two lectures by Tallamy will focus on biodiversity and native plant gardening, and during both, he will discuss the importance of using native species as well as the emotional benefits that native plant gardening provides. He also will share his personal tips on bird feeding and how home gardeners can feed birds, butterflies and native insects simply by planting the right types of plants.

Tallamy is an ecology professor, author, and conservationist with more than 80 published research articles to his name. His book "Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens" is considered the bible for native plant gardening, and was the recipient of the 2008 silver medal for the Garden Writers Association.

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. Visit to learn more.


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