Open to the Public
Audubon’s bird-friendly communities conservation strategy is guided by the principle of improving communities all over the country by providing birds with food, shelter, safe passage, and places to raise their young. Native plants provide resources that support birds in each of those areas, and research is demonstrating that even small patches of habitat planted with natives – down to the yard and neighborhood scale – can benefit birds. In 2016, Audubon introduced the nationwide Plants for Birds program that provides resources and support, with the goal of helping people put native plants in the ground in gardens, yards, and community spaces. I will summarize the benefits that native plants provide to birds and explore the resources we have developed to support the planting of natives, with a particular focus on the West Palm Beach area. Planting native species is something everyone can do that can have tangible benefits for birds.
John joined Audubon in 2009 when he was hired by New York City Audubon to direct citizen science and outreach for the chapter throughout the city. In 2013, he transitioned to the National Audubon Society, first working on the Toyota TogetherGreen program before becoming Audubon’s Director of Community Conservation in 2016 and Senior Director for Bird-friendly Communities in 2019. His work at Audubon has focused on creating change in communities and engaging new audiences in Audubon’s conservation efforts, personally and through Audubon’s extensive national network. He earned his PhD in Zoology from Duke University.
A reception in Pan’s Garden will follow the lecture.