Saturday, Jan 25, 8:15 AM

Symposium: Nature’s Best Hope at EBRP Main Branch Library

A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard Featured Speakers Douglas W. Tallamy, Linda Barber Auld and Bill Fontenot CEU's for Master Gardeners and Landscape Architects Hospitality, Plant, Book and Gift Shop Sales 8:15-9am & Mid-Morning Break, After Program Until 2pm. Program Douglas W. Tallamy's first book, Bringing Nature Home, awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing. His solution? Plant more natives. In this new book and talk, Tallamy takes the next step and outlines his vision for grassroots approach to conservation. Nature's Best Hope shows how homeowners everywhere can turn their yards into conservation corridors that provide wildlife habitats. Because this approach relies on the initiatives of private individuals, it is immune from the whims of government policy. Even more important, it's practical, effective, and easy - you can walk away with specific suggestions you can incorporate into your own yard. Linda Barber Auld, affectionately known as the New Orleans "BugLady," owns and runs Barber Laboratories, a pest control supply store founded in 1921 by her grandfather, Ernest R. Barber. For over forty years, Linda has also studied and promoted understanding beneficial insects. She has raised 125 species of butterflies and moths, studying and photographing their life cycles. Linda's inspirational talk will make you an expert in attracting butterflies and pollinators through the four seasons using native plants. As Linda says, "plant it and they will come." Her new book, BugLady's Butterfly Summer is an uplifting read and will be available for sale. Bill Fontenot dedicated his career in biology to restoring the ecological integrity in lands, from the smallest urban gardens to the largest wildlife management areas. Since 1987 he and wife Lydia have also operated Prairie Basse (pron. "Bahsse"), a wildlife management, landscape design, and ecological restoration consulting business. As a professional naturalist, Fontenot has led thousands of guided tours, and has lectured at hundreds of institutions throughout the U.S. Bill's talk about Louisiana Birds and Wild Fruit is based on 26 years of research. You will learn about 92 species of birds and over 61 species of native, naturalized, and exotic plants that bear the fruit they eat. His book Native Gardening in the South, is a must have resource for your library, and will be available for sale. View on site | Email this event