The Northern Neck Audubon Society will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday, June 4, at Festival Hall in Reedville (GPS address: 177 Main Street, Reedville). Join us for refreshments and socializing at 3:15, followed by two presentations: Living Shorelines and Audubon at Home. Both feature simple things that we can do to make our properties more nature- and bay-friendly.
Porter Washington will speak on Audubon at Home. Porter is a member of the Northern Neck Master Naturalists. She is a retired special education teacher from Northern Virginia, now living in Lancaster. Audubon at Home is a program that highlights six things we can do to make our yards more nature-friendly and biodiverse. Those six things are: planting natives, removing invasive and exotic plants, reducing or eliminating synthetic pesticides, conserving water, protecting water quality, and protecting the birds and wildlife that call your property home.
After the Audubon at Home Presentation walk over or drive to the Fisherman's museum to walk through the museum and get a live demonstration of the living shorelines.
Kim Schmidt, a biologist and Master Gardener, will speak on Living Shorelines, which use strategic placement of plants, stone, sand, or other structural and organic materials to reduce erosion and enhance wetland habitat. Living shorelines preserve the natural connections between water, shoreline, and uplands, thus providing better habitat for fish and other animals.
Upon completing the living shoreline presentation, we will walk/drive back to a chicken dinner provided by the American Legion Post 117 for $10 a plate. Please notify Austin Schmidt at Augdog404@gmail.com, to give a headcount for those interested in dinner.