Protecting nature in the city
From bees to birds to bats, species around the world are threatened at unprecedented rates. Many people feel powerless to help preserve local species because they think “real” nature can only be sustained in parks and reserves, but local urban park systems cannot do the job of maintaining native biodiversity alone.
“I want people to know they can make a large difference in conservation of local species through their plantings at home,” said Prof. Margaret Carreiro (Biology). “They can use native plants to create food webs and friendly habitat for desired species, especially pollinators and birds. It’s about keeping our common species common.”
About 120 square miles of plantable land in Jefferson County is residential property. However, much of this green space is planted in lawn, which is a food desert for many species of wildlife.
At the next Beer with a Scientist, Prof. Carreiro will explain how residents in cities and suburbs can protect native species by weaving local nature into the very places where they live and work. She will describe Reconciliation Ecology, a concept in which habitats for wildlife are created within urban and suburban areas.
Prof. Carreiro’s work focuses on understanding how urban environments interact with natural components of cities and suburbs. This includes studying the effects of atmospheric nitrogen from fossil fuel combustion and other sources, invasive species, habitat fragmentation, restoration management and socio-cultural legacies in affecting plant and soil communities and ecosystem processes.
The event begins at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Against the Grain Brewery, 401 E. Main St. in Louisville. A 30-minute presentation will be followed by an informal Q&A session. Admission is free. Purchase of beer, other beverages or menu items is not required but is encouraged.
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