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Identify Native Trees and Invasives at Briarlake Forest

February 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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Learn how to recognize the difference between common native and non-native trees and plants in our region, why it’s important, and how to remove non-native, invasive species from your yard without harming the good ones.

It’s a good time of year because many invasives are evergreen and are much easier to identify in the winter.

Several aggressive non-native species are choking out our native plants and trees. If left uncontrolled, invasive species threaten the fabric of biodiversity on a tremendous scale by eliminating native species and the food and habitat they provide for birds and wildlife. 

Douglas Tallamy’s book, Bringing Nature Home, shows the critical importance of landscaping with native plants and trees, especially in suburban areas. Tallamy includes his original research — did you know it takes over 9,000 caterpillars to feed one nest of baby birds? — along with fascinating facts about insects, such as beetle families that care for younger siblings. This book is a wonderful resource for landscape managers, those who enjoy gardening, and anyone who has a yard or is interested in nature.

We’ll also give information on how to turn your back yard into a haven for native trees, plants, birds and wildlife. Food and habitat for birds is especially important because Atlanta is located in the migration route for North American songbirds. Because so much of our landscape is now developed, biodiversity may be saved in our yards.

To register, click HERE.  Details and directions will be sent to registered participants. 

A donation of $15 or more helps sustain our programs.

This photo shows what happens when Chinese wisteria and English ivy are left to grow near large oaks!

(photo of Terry Sutton, Cascade Springs Forestry, Atlanta)





February 11, 2017
9:00 am - 11:00 am