A Call to Action: Protecting Earth’s Biodiversity

JHC is proud to be a presenting partner at this important one day conference at NYBG with a keynote presentation from our esteemed colleague Doug Tallamy!
A recent UN report predicts that climate change, invasive species, pollution, and other anthropogenic disturbances will have a disastrous effect on biodiversity worldwide. Any careful observer of nature in our region has witnessed significant changes to our local flora over the past few decades. Beloved wildflowers are vanishing from our forests and native trees are succumbing to deer, drought, and disease. However, all is not lost! Nature lovers, gardeners, and scientists are joining together to battle invasive species and preserve and restore populations of the native plants that define our region’s distinct ecological character. Join us to learn about what we can all do to help protect our imperiled biodiversity.
Ross Hall
Morning Keynote Session | 10 a.m–12:30 p.m.
Doug Tallamy
A Guide to Restoring the Little Things that Run the World
Doug Tallamy, professor and award-winning author, reminds us
of the many essential roles insects play in our ecosystems, and
encourages us to make simple changes in our landscapes and
our attitudes to keep insects on the ground, in the air, and yes,
on our plants.
Randy Westbrooks
A Land Conservation Challenge for the 21st Century
Invasive species specialist Randy Westbrooks presents
successful case studies that illustrate how effective the early
detection and rapid response model can be to eradicate
invasive species and prevent their spread.
Get Involved: Case Studies from Lower Hudson PRISM
Be part of the change! There are 50 PRISM partners in our
area who are working hard to prevent and manage invasive
species every day. In a rapid-fire series of presentations, eight
partners, including Carolynn Sears, Co-Director of The Invasives
Project in Pound Ridge, N.Y., will share their stories and show
how you can help.
Afternoon Session | 1:30–3:30 p.m.
LHPRISM Partner Showcase
Diane Alden, Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct
Chris McArdle, New York Restoration Project
Kevin Peraino, Jay Heritage Center
Christopher Gow, Tuxedo Park
Keri VanCamp, Vassar College
Budd Verveka, Mianus River Gorge Preserve
Linda Rohleder, New York New Jersey Trail Conference
Join us to learn about what we can all do to help
protect our imperiled biodiversity.
This project was contracted by the Lower Hudson
Partnership for Regional Invasive Species
Management using funds from the Environmental
Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
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Ticketed Event. Registration Required.
Professional credits pending for LA-CES, NY-CNLP,