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Speaker Program – Plants & Birds

Audubon’s Bird-friendly Communities conservation strategy is guided by the principle of improving communities all over the country by providing birds with food, shelter, safe passage and places to raise their young.

Native plants provide resources that support birds in each of those areas, and research is demonstrating that even small patches of habitat planted with natives – down to the yard and neighborhood scale – can benefit birds. In 2016, Audubon introduced the nationwide Plants for Birds program that provides resources and support, with the goal of helping people put native plants in the ground in gardens, yards, and community spaces.

John will summarize the benefits that native plants provide to birds and explore the resources we have developed to support the planting of natives, with a particular focus on the desert southwest. Planting native species is something everyone can do that can have tangible benefits for birds.

John joined Audubon in 2009 when he was hired by New York City Audubon to direct citizen science and outreach for the chapter throughout the city. In 2013 he transitioned to the National Audubon Society, first working on the Toyota TogetherGreen program before becoming Audubon’s director of community conservation in 2016. His work at Audubon has focused on engaging new audiences in Audubon’s conservation efforts, personally and through Audubon’s extensive national network. He holds PhD in Zoology from Duke University.

Monthly Speaker Series programs are held at the Southeast Regional Library at the southeast corner of Greenfield and Guadalupe in Gilbert, AZ. New speaker each month, browse our book table for the latest birding guides and more! Doors open at 6:30pm.