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April News

Planning for Blue Skies and Bluebirds

While we’re all cooped up at home, we wanted to share some of JHC’s greatest hits—and what better way to kick off spring than with this fascinating lecture by renowned entomologist Doug Tallamy about the effect of invasive species on the ecosystem. Tallamy is the author of Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants and has been at the forefront of the drive to raise awareness about the importance of native species.  His lecture starts at the 30-minute mark. Thank you to Con Edison for sponsoring and to Rye TV for recording this on October 5, 2018. Watch here..

April & May Program Updates

Cancellations and Postponements

All April events – the Daffodil ShowMary Norris author talk and Brent Leggs lecture on preservation of African American places are cancelled or postponed. Stay tuned for more info about May events and when our calendar will resume.

While we all cocoon, now is a great time to reflect upon all the great authors we have had in the past thanks to YOUR support and much more is still ahead.​ But for now, if you need a book recommendation or new reading material, we will be sending out a few suggestions in our next newsletter. Need a break from Netflix? We’ll be sharing video links to past author events like Russell Shorto’s talk about Dutch New York here.

Stay safe and be well. We will persevere!

Women in Conservation - Earth Day at 50!

What Would Edith Do?

Rye has historically been one of the biggest leaders in sustainable thinking. That identity is due in large part to the legacy of conservationist, Edith Gwynne Read (1904 -2006). She was tenacious when it came to protecting our ecosystems and preventing flooding in our city. She was one of the many petition signers to save green spaces like the Jay Estate and her rallying cry helped create today’s Rye Nature Center and the Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we can’t help but marvel at the accomplishments of Rye’s greatest enviro-citizen. Read more about Edith Read here at the Edith Gwynne Read Wikipedia page we created in her honor and in the March issue of The Rye Record : “What Would Edith Do?

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