Sustainability Salon Series Kicks Off with 2017 Events

Thayne Maynard, Director of the Cincinnati Zoo, discusses wildlife conservation at the Mint Museum, Charlotte, in April 2016. Photo by Michele Miller Houck.

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Climate change is destroying our path to sustainability. Ours is a world of looming challenges and increasingly limited resources. Sustainable development offers the best chance to adjust our course.                                                                                                                             – United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon

Carolina Raptor Center's speaker series, “The Sustainability Salon,” is designed to engage the community by bringing local, regional and nationally-respected speakers to discuss topics relevant to protecting the environment and conserving its natural resources.

The “Sustainability Salon” will reach out beyond our campus in Latta Plantation Nature Preserve to bring environmental education engagement opportunities to the community. Charlotte has few regularly recurring speaker series that address the environment and wildlife conservation. Local and national speakers will provide remarks and engage in dialogue around environmental  with attendees and special community guests.

Backyard Habitat Expo: What’s living in your backyard?
Saturday, April 15 | 11:00 am-3:00 pm | Carolina Raptor Center | FREE with regular admission

Home is where the habitat is. Create a wildlife habitat right in your own backyard. From 11-3pm, browse vendors and non-profits that can help you enjoy the great outdoors while learning how to make your environs more friendly to creatures of all kinds. Build a bug hotel, become a pollinator in our pollinator game, feed wild birds, make a seed bomb, and learn how to attract migrating butterflies. Our speaker at 3 pm will tell you step by step how to create your own certified backyard habitat. You’ll even take home some of the tools. Exhibit tables are still available for partner non-profits and sponsoring businesses. Please contact Michele Miller Houck at 704-875-6521 x 128 or if you are interested.

Part of the NC Science Festival.

Sustainability Salon: How to Build a Certified Backyard Habitat
Saturday, April 15, 2017 | 3:00-4:00pm | On the Raptor Trail | FREE with regular admission (Registration Suggested)

Speaker: Carol Buie-Jackson, Board Member, National Wildlife Federation, and Owner, Bird House on the Greenway


Confirmed Organizations: Bird House on the Greenway, The Butterfly Highway, Carolina Raptor Center, Catawba Lands Conservancy, Latta Plantation Nature Center, Master Naturalists, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, Mecklenburg Audubon Society, The Native Plant Society, TreesCharlotte, The NC Wildlife Federation, and WingHaven.