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City of Orlando Wildlife Habitat Workshop and Screening of “The Last Green Thread” Documentary
August 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for a night of environmental education in Central Florida!
The night will begin with a screening of the documentary “The Last Green Thread”, followed by panel discussion with two scientists (Jason & Mallory) currently working at the Florida Wildlife Corridor (FLWC). Jason Lauritsen is the current Executive Director of FLWC and former Executive Director of the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Mallory Lykes Dimmitt served as the Executive Director for the FLWC from 2013-2016 and currently sits on FLWC’s board of directors as the President.
Reference some of their great work at: http://floridawildlifecorridor.org/
The City of Orlando will be receiving our accreditation as a Certified Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation!
Orlando is one of the most visited destinations in the world. With over 68,000,000 visitors a year, we have a unique opportunity to engage our community about wildlife and urban habitat. Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Sustainability Initiative, Green Works, is helping Orlando become one of the most environmentally-friendly, economically and socially vibrant communities in the nation.
One of the seven focus areas in Green Works is livability, which involves improving the quality of life for our community and creating more vibrant, natural spaces for our residents. The promotion of wildlife and urban wildlife habitats helps create these spaces that everyone can enjoy. Our commitment to becoming a certified NWF Community Wildlife Habitat combined with our pledge to help monarch butterfly populations with the Mayor’s Monarch pledge, will once again reaffirm our commitment to becoming one of the most environmentally-friendly communities in the nation.
Information On Attending Speakers:
We will be hosting speakers that are experts in their field discussing different ways residents of Orlando can make their yards more wildlife friendly.
Lisa Roberts – is the Executive Director of the Florida Wildflower Foundation. She will be discussing the advantages of using Florida native wildflowers and plants in home landscapes.
Claire Lewis – is the Statewide Florida Yards & Neighbors Coordinator at UF/IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program. She will be discussing how to plant to attract beneficial birds and insects in your yard.
Angeline Scotten – is a Senior Wildlife Assistance Biologist in the Division of Habitat and Species conservation at Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. She will discuss how to prevent conflicts with wildlife in your yard and what to do if you are experiencing a conflict.
JK Yarborough – is the UF/IFAS Livestock and Natural Resources Extension Agent for Orange and Seminole Counties. He will be discussing identifying and dealing with invasive species in your backyard.
Vendors Available At The Event Include:
Black Bee Honey
Florida Native Plant Society – Tarflower Chapter
Florida Wildflower Foundation
Green Works Orlando
Keep Orlando Beautiful (KOB)
Orange Audubon Society
Orange Blossom Beekeepers
Yaupon Brothers Tea
Green Isle Gardens