Native Plants, Climate Change, and your Backyard
Wednesday, May 19, 7pm
Renowned entomologist Dr. Doug Tallamy will present a MetroWest Climate Solutions (MCS) webinar on restoring biodiversity, one yard at a time, on May 19 at 7 p.m. To register, visit tinyurl.com/plantnativeyard.
MCS is very grateful to the Lydia Maria Child fund for covering Dr. Tallamy’s (very reasonable) speaker fee for this event.
Native plants are a powerful tool to help fight pollution, floods, record-breaking heat waves, sea-level rise, and mass extinction of species. Native plants have evolved to sustain the diversity of animals we need to maintain our ecosystems. Only native plants can support the insects that provide an essential food source for the hundreds of species of birds, bats, lizards, bears, foxes and other creatures that depend on them. These species and native plants are interdependent, and they are critical to our survival.
By saving wildlife with native plants, we also battle climate change. Our native grasses have deep roots that make them drought resistant, reduce soil erosion and flooding, filter pollutants from ground water and increase rainwater infiltration. These plants remove tons of carbon from the atmosphere and pump it into the soil, out of harm’s way. Nothing sequesters carbon and manages watersheds as well as native forests.
Join us to learn more about how you can help restore biodiversity and ecosystem functioning by planting native plants. For more information on Dr. Tallamy’s work, visit homegrownnationalpark.org.