The Birds & the Bees (the talk your father never gave you)
Saturday, Oct. 23, 10am
Dan Raichel, NRDC
Dan will explain the science behind the harm posed by neonicotinoid pesticides (“neonics”) to biodiversity and their surprising prevalence. These popular pesticides contaminate New York soil, water, and plant life on a nearly unprecedented scale, raising alarm bells not just for the birds and bees, but also a whole host of wildlife, clean water, and even our own health. Dan will also share information on legislation we can impact—the New York Birds & Bees Protection Act— a bill currently under review that would eliminate the vast majority of neonics entering New York’s environment by prohibiting wasteful and unnecessary neonic uses.
Saturday, 10/23, 10am
Invasive Species, Biodiversity, and Grass-roots Activism
Saturday, Oct. 23, 1pm
Carolynn Sears, The Invasives Project-Pound Ridge
Invasive plants, animals, and other organisms cause harm to human health, the economy, and/or the environment. Impacts to the diversity of our natural communities are increasingly evident. Learn what can be done at the local level with little money and the efforts of a few committed people to address this challenge. The Invasives Project-Pound Ridge (Tip-PR), a grass-roots campaign established in 2021, is closely affiliated with the town’s Pollinator Pathway. Hear
about the ongoing outreach and education activities of TIP and take away practical ideas for your community.
The mission of The Invasives Project-Pound Ridge is to protect the natural beauty of Pound Ridge, preserve wildlife habitat, encourage the use of native plant species, and limit the spread of invasive species.