A special program is planned for every club meeting,
Our meetings are open to the public and you are very welcome to join us.
Program: January 17th- Gardening from the Birds’ Perspective
When we garden, we can help migrating and resident birds with a healthy backyard habitat, especially important given the severe decline in songbirds. In this workshop you will learn how to bring beautiful birds to your backyard by using native bushes and flowers and other tips for creating a bird habitat. This is a great workshop to prepare for gardening season, whether you are a new or experienced gardener.
Leader Deb Ellis is passionate about growing native plants because she cares about the environment and loves the birds, butterflies, and pollinators that native gardens attract! Deb is the founder and co-leader of the Essex County chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey, a Master Gardener, has served on the Montclair Environmental Commission, and has had a Certified Backyard Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation since 2005. Described as an “engaging and inspirational” speaker, Deb frequently teaches about gardening with native plants to groups such master gardener classes, schools, libraries, bird, butterfly and garden clubs, and environmental commissions.
Program: March 20th- Turtle Talk
New Jersey is home to 11 species of turtles, but how much do we really know about them? Turtle Talk will discuss how turtles evolved, their behaviors and senses, and what threats they face today. We’ll talk about wildlife rehabilitation, what to do if you find an injured turtle, and offer tips on how to make the world a better place for turtles.
Harriet Forrester, founder of Turtle Rescue of New Jersey will cover all this and more, including busting some common myths about these marvelous shelled creatures.