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March Program: Mirroring the Natural World
March 17, 2016, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center Work in Productive Habitat
Native plants and productive habitat have been part of the fabric of Strawberry Plains Audubon Center since founded near Holly Springs, MS. The 3000 acre Strawberry Plains complex, near Memphis, includes hardwood forests, wetlands, native grasslands and a trail system that connects the varied habitats with historic buildings. Known by many for the annual Hummingbird Migration & Celebration Festival, Strawberry Plains is also home to the only native plant nursery among Audubon Centers throughout the country.
It was during a Hummingbird Festival about seven years ago that Kristin Lamberson, Interpretive Gardens Specialist, invited author of a new book* linking productivity of native plants to abundance and diversity of wildlife to present at the Hummingbird festival. That author, Doug Tallamy, continues to share his work through the festival next scheduled for September 11-13, 2016.
Speakers Lamberson and Mitch Robinson, Education and Land Manager, lead the center’s efforts to promote the use of native plants through on-site programming as well as regionally through projects including one underway at the University of Mississippi with the help of students, birders, faculty and staff. Strawberry Plains Audubon Center and Birmingham Audubon are among pilot programs of National Audubon’s Bird Friendly Communities focus on native habitat. Lamberson, Robinson, other staff members and a legion of volunteers will host the Spring Native Plant Sale May 20-21, 2016 at Strawberry Plains.
Kristin Lamberson has been working on staff at Strawberry Plains for 12 years, both growing and promoting the use of native plants. Mirroring the natural world in her landscape designs she creates sanctuary for wildlife as well as people. “By allowing the wild into our life through the venue of the cultivated landscape, we give ourselves the opportunity to experience magnificence in the small and grandeur in the common, while giving those who lack a human voice a place to flourish!”
Mitchell Robinson returned to his native Mississippi in 2013 to invest his skills and energies in a familiar landscape and culture. Mitch graduated from the University of the South, Sewanee, in 2007 with a B.S. in Natural Resources and the Environment, and most recently served for five years as the Education Coordinator, Land Manager and Interim Director at Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve in Austin, Texas. His expertise includes endangered, threatened and invasive species management; interagency and non-profit collaborations; research design; private lands consultation; and naturalist education.
*”Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants,” Douglas W. Tallamy, Forward by Rick Darke
Due to renovations at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, please check in the front lobby for location of the presentation.