Yes, in my backyard!
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Sep 19, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Yes, in my backyard!

Belleville News

News -Selby -Wouldn't you like to live in a natural landscape with scores of birds and butterflies right there in your yard? On Monday, September 23, at 7 p.m., Terry Sprague, local naturalist, will show property owners how to naturalize all kinds of properties. Friends of the Salmon River invites the general public to Selby School for expert tips and a slide show on the naturalization process. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) The naturalization evening will include suggestions for native trees and shrubs, which ones work best at attracting wildlife and which types are best for your property. For example, ground covers are a no-maintenance, healthy alternative to a monoculture grass lawn, while native wildflowers provide habitat and food for butterflies and other beneficial insects. Find out how to take care of shorelines using Mother Nature and how to foster the best wildlife habitat. Learn about bird feeding "mythconceptions," and what works for bird feed and feeders.

Terry Sprague is a well-known hiking/kayaking leader. He grew up in Prince Edward County, has been an avid birder all his life, and can identify most of the plants, birds and animals in the watershed. Come armed with questions; perhaps you can stump the champ.

Landowners in Roblin will be interested in a new shoreline restoration program beginning this fall in their area. The partners in this program: Friends of the Salmon River, Centre for Sustainable Watersheds, Quinte

Conservation and the Eastern Ontario Stewardship Collaborative will be on hand to give you all the dirt on shoreline assessments, plantings, and how to sign up.

Friends of the Salmon River (FSR) is a community group dedicated to preserving and celebrating the Salmon River watershed, its communities and its natural treasures. The meeting will also be a forum for their annual general meeting and elections to the board.

The evening is a triple-header: a presentation on property naturalization, news of the Shoreline Restoration Program, and the FSR AGM. Come and join the group for stimulating discussion, networking with good folks, and homemade refreshments. There is no charge and families are welcome. Note that doors are open at 6:30 p.m. for coffee/tea and FSR membership renewal. Selby Public School is at 1623 County Road 41 in Selby, just north of Napanee. For more details, contact Susan Moore at 613-379-5958 or

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