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MDC Springfield Nature Center focuses on urban areas

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MDC Springfield Nature Center events focus on urban areas

MDC Springfield Nature Center events focus on urban areas

Delaware author/professor will discuss importance of native plants in two March 28 programs.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Urban areas are expanding in many parts of Missouri and the U.S. This means that mowed lawns, channelized creeks and non-nati

Author and wildlife ecology professor Douglas Tallamy says it’s time to “redesign suburbia.”

On Saturday, March 28, Tallamy will present two programs at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Springfield Conservation Nature Center that focus on restoring wildlife habitat in the urban area.

The first presentation, “Bringing Nature to Your Home,” from 10-11 a.m., will focus on what homeowners can do to restore specialized relationships between animals and plants to their landscape.

Later that same day, from 1-2 p.m., Tallamy will discuss “Creating Living Landscapes,” describing how to use native plants to accomplish habitat restoration in yards and gardens without making them look unkempt and messy.

Tallamy is currently professor and chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He is the author of the book “Bringing Nature Home” and co-author of the new book “The Living Landscape.” His books and talks focus on implementing sound conservation practices in the urban landscape, a step he says is vital to sustaining a number of our native wildlife and insect species.

Tallamy’s programs are free, but registration is required. To register for these programs or to get information about other events at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, call 417-888-4237. Information about the Nature Center can also be found at http://mdc.mo.gov/node/287. The MDC Nature Center  is located in southeast Springfield at 4601 S. Nature Center Way.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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