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Creating a Healthy Habitat in Your Yard

Dr. Stanley Temple in front of Aldo Leopold’s shack.

Dr. Stanley Temple in front of Aldo Leopold’s shack.

BY CAROL NIENDORF

Does your yard do all it can to reduce pollution, preserve natural resources, and attract a diversity of native birds, butterflies, and pollinators? Wild Ones Fox Valley Area Chapter invites you to come and learn how to achieve this goal at their 19th annual Toward Harmony with Nature conference on Saturday, January 24, at the Oshkosh Convention Center.

The first step is to become aware of your yard’s habitat and how it changes through the seasons and the years. Throughout his life, Wisconsin’s pioneering environmentalist Aldo Leopold kept daily journals at his beloved Sand County “shack.” He kept meticulous records of when plants bloomed, birds migrated, and other seasonal events occurred. Conference keynote speaker Dr. Stanley Temple will trace how Leopold’s invaluable records and the more recent records kept by his followers pave the way for understanding how climate change is affecting our ecological community.

Dr. Temple is Professor Emeritus in Conservation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For 32 years he held the academic position once occupied by Aldo Leopold. He is now a Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

Following the keynote address, conference attendees will be able to choose from an array of speakers with expertise on landscaping all types and sizes of yards. Topics include choosing and maintaining native plants for wetland, woodland, and prairie properties, grassland bird conservation, interactions between plants and insects, and managing invasive plants.

The conference runs from 9 a.m – 4:15 p.m. and includes a buffet luncheon, networking opportunities with other conference-goers, exhibitors and vendors, and a silent auction of native plants-related items.

Let’s come out of winter hibernation and learn how we can all create a healthy habitat in our own yards, whether those yards are small or large, urban, suburban, or rural. For a conference brochure, call Carol at 920-233-4853. Or, visit the conference website at towardharmonywithnature.org for more information and a registration form.

Carol Niendorf is a past president of Wild Ones Fox Valley Area Chapter. The Town of Omro habitat she shares with her husband Bob includes three acres of prairie gardens.

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