March 29, 2022 at 7:00pm via Zoom – a great success!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Boxborough Conservation Trust’s Annual Meeting – it was free and open to the public, and over 100 people registered, with at least 75 attendees. We began with a brief introduction from our President, and an update about the potential to purchase 21 acres of conservation land in town.
We then heard an inspiring talk from world-renowned scientist, Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of several best-selling books (Nature’s Best Hope, Bringing Nature Home, The Nature of Oaks), and professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He cofounded the “Homegrown National Park“, a network of citizens dedicated to planting natives and regenerating biodiversity at home, one yard at a time. View his complete talk here! (Passcode: 2Xaq%K@J)
Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. To create landscapes that enhance local ecosystems rather than degrade them, we must add the native plant communities that sustain food webs, sequester carbon, maintain diverse native bee communities, and manage our watersheds. If we do this in half of the area now in lawn, we can create Homegrown National Park, a 20 million acre network of viable habitats that will provide vital corridors connecting the few natural areas that remain. This approach to conservation empowers everyone to play a significant role in the future of the natural world.