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The Conservancy and the Abbot Public Library are collaborating to sponsor two events in October you will not want to miss. Both are tied to the relationships that exist among plants, insects and birds around us and both help to explain the importance of native plants. Students of all ages have an opportunity to see, listen, learn and share.

Douglas Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home; How Native Plants Sustain wildlife in Our Gardens” will give a talk and answer questions in the Abbot Library Meeting Room on October 4 at 7 PM. Dr. Tallamy is Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. As he explains in his book, our gardens and landscapes are an integral part of the larger ecological ecosystem in which we live. As such we can no longer view our plants only as ornaments but must consider all of their ecological roles when selecting them for our gardens. Bring your questions. Share what you know.

Throughout the month of October the Virginia A Carten Gallery in the Abbot Library will be home to the works of two artists with the overall exhibit related to Dr. Tallamy’s talk. The gallery exhibit opens at 6:00 p.m. on October 4. Light refreshments will be served.

Works of biologist, naturalist and nature artist Erika Sonder from her “Portable Herbarium” will be on display. Her art serves to acquaint viewers with the biodiversity of New England flora. Author, instructor, and photographer Dennis Curtin will share his larger-than-life photographs of insects (including some in 3D!).

This somewhat unusual collection provides an opportunity to view the group of smaller participants in the triad of interest to Professor Tallamy. From 6 to 7 PM there will be a wine and cheese reception in the Gallery.

Please join us to meet Erika Sonder, Dennis Curtin, and Douglas Tallamy.

 

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