Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Workshop: Creating nature-friendly
Residents of Portola Valley and nearby
communities hoping to nurture backyard habitats friendly to local wildlife will
have a chance to hear and discuss informed opinions on the subject at a free
workshop on the morning of Saturday, May 8.
The event, sponsored by the
Conservation Committee, begins at 9 a.m. in the community hall at Portola
Valley Town Center at 765 Portola Road. Mayor Steve Toben will open the proceedings,
which will include refreshments, living examples of native plants, and a guided
wildflower walk along Sausal Creek at Town Center.
Vital habitats can help the fight
against local extinction of plants and animals, committee Chair Marianne
Plunder said in a statement. This presentation will include successful
strategies for living with wildlife and guidance on how to keep gardens healthy
and free of pest infestations.
The speaker on insects and plants will
be committee member and naturalist Paul Heiple. Bird habitats will be the topic
for U.S. Department of Agriculture conservationist Jim Howard, and mammal
habitats the topic for Mary A. Paglieri, the founder of Little Blue Society, a
nonprofit based in Redwood City with a mission of "sustaining a healthy
co-existence between humans and animals."
Call 521-1535 for more information