July 11, 2020
Watch "Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard"
Noted entomologist and wildlife ecologist Douglas W. Tallamy recently did a fascinating presentation explaining why protecting the natural interactions between insects, birds and plants in our own yards is essential to preserving the planet for ourselves and for future generations. His eye-opening, 80-minute talk (including Q&A) provides surprisingly simple steps you can take to turn your landscape into a "conservation corridor" — one that's beautiful, easy to care for, and provides habitats for creatures that are vital to human existence. 

This presentation, which is based on Tallamy's new book of the same name, was hosted by the Caldwell and West Caldwell Environmental Commissions, the Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex, and Morgan Farm of the Cedar Grove Historical Society. Morris County Library cardholders: You can borrow the book from the library closest to you.
Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00 pm
Is Solar Right for Your Home?
Live Zoom webinar
Join Madison resident Frank Curran of Green House Solar for the inside scoop on solar power and battery backup systems. Get your questions answered during this free community forum, hosted by the Madison Environmental Commission, and learn about:

  • Costs and pay-back periods
  • Federal and NJ tax credits
  • Battery backup for energy independence — and how it compares to a traditional generator

Frank will talk about why solar power makes financial and environmental sense right now. He'll also show how it can work on houses with shade, tricky roofs and more. Plus, several local homeowners will offer their first-hand points of view on what it's like to live with solar, battery backups, and electric vehicle (EV) charging systems.
We 💚 Native Plants!
Some Favorite Resources

These are just a few. More to come in the next issue!

Photo: Lilium superbum (Turk's-Cap Lily), © H & M Ling ( Native Plant Society of New Jersey )
Doug Tallamy points out that if insects disappeared:

  1. Most flowering plants would go extinct.
  2. That would drastically change the physical structure and energy flow of most terrestrial environments;
  3. Which would cause the rapid collapse of food webs that support birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles.
  4. The living portion of the earth — the biosphere — would rot, due to the loss of insect decomposers to return nutrients.
  5. And humans would not survive those drastic changes.

We tend to view bugs as pests to be eradicated, but life as we know it depends on insects. Fortunately, as Tallamy explains in his presentation, we can all help by practicing simple conservation methods in our own yards — which are ecologically significant places, too!

More about insects and pollinators in our next issue...
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