Looks like four good northern Westchester groups are teaming up for a new four-part series of talks, walks and workshops they’re calling “Birds & Bees: Wildlife Needs.”
The goal is to focus on the interaction between native plants and animals and give people practical steps they can take to support the needs of wildlife in their back yards. All events are free and open to the public.
The organizers are Bedford Audubon Society, Mianus River Gorge, Pound Ridge Land Conservancy and Westchester Land Trust.
For full details visit westchesterlandtrust.org/birds-and-bees.
Here’s a closer look at the four events, courtesy of a press release from the Land Trust:
Birds & Bees: Wildlife Needs kicks off on Earth Day—Tuesday, April 22nd—with a lecture entitled, NIMBY: Nature in My Backyard, by Dr. Chris Nagy, Mianus River Gorge’s Director of Science and Land Management. Dr. Nagy will focus on the connectedness of animals, plants and humans in our region while highlighting the role that preserves and private lands play in the protection of our quality of life and the environment. This portion of the series will be held at Bedford Historical Society’s Historic Hall (608 Old Post Road, Bedford). Light refreshments will be served at 7:00. The lecture begins at 7:30pm.
Ecologist Jonathan Rosenthal, Co-founder of the Ecological Research Institute, will lead two exploratory field walks (10:00-11:30am and 1:00-2:30pm) on Sunday, April 27th in Pound Ridge. Participants will hunt for and observe insects foraging on plants and learn how native and invasive plants differ as host plants for caterpillars.
Birding enthusiasts are encouraged to join Bedford Audubon’s Naturalist-in-Residence, Tait Johansson, and Pound Ridge Land Conservancy Board Member, Matt Coulter, on Sunday, May 4th from 8 to 10am, to observe the varied habitats of the Clark Preserve (Autumn Ridge Road, Pound Ridge). Expect to see and hear lots of migratory songbirds!
Birds & Bees: Wildlife Needs concludes on Saturday, May 17, with a workshop at Bedford Audubon’s Leon Levy Native Garden at Bylane Farm (35 Todd Road, Katonah). Kim Eierman, founder of EcoBeneficial, will facilitate Birds & Bees in the Garden – a hands-on workshop on how and why native plants interact with birds, bees, and other pollinators. Learn techniques and tips for transforming your own home landscape into a wildlife oasis! The workshop will be offered in two sessions, 10:00-11:30am and 1:00-2:30pm.
To RSVP to any of the events in this series, contact Tate Bushell: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Partners
Bedford Audubon Society
Founded in 1913, Bedford Audubon has celebrated the natural heritage of the lower Hudson Valley and provided conservation excellence to the communities of northern Westchester and eastern Putnam counties. Today, Bedford Audubon continues to be the local authority on birds and habitat and looks forward to the next one hundred years as we promote environmental literacy, conduct critical research, and protect and conserve wildlife habitat throughout our communities. To learn more, visit: bedfordaudubon.org.
Mianus River Gorge
Founded in 1953, Mianus River Gorge is dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting
appreciation of the natural heritage of the Mianus River watershed through land acquisition and
conservation, scientific research and public education throughout the region.
To learn more, visit: mianus.org.
Pound Ridge Land Conservancy
Pound Ridge Land Conservancy was founded in 1975 and is dedicated to preserving the semi-rural character of Pound Ridge through the acquisition, conservation and stewardship of land in town. The Conservancy’s preserves are kept in their natural state for aesthetic, ecological and education purposes. To learn more, visit: prlc.net.
Westchester Land Trust
Westchester Land Trust was founded in 1988 by a group of residents of Lewisboro and Bedford who were concerned about the increasing pace of development in their towns, and who wanted to take action to protect environmentally-important open space and the character of their communities. Today the WLT has grown into a truly regional organization, having preserved approximately 7,500 acres of land in 28 communities in Westchester and Eastern Putnam Counties.
To learn more, visit: westchesterlandtrust.org.