May 17, 2022

Duck River GC Hosts Program on Creating Wildlife Habitats with Native Plants, May 25; All Welcome

OLD LYME — The Duck River Garden Club of Old Lyme will hold its monthly meeting and program on Wednesday, May 25, at Memorial Town Hall on Lyme St. in Old Lyme. A community social begins at 6:45 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m., which is open to all.

A business meeting for all active members will be held prior to the social, at 6 p.m.

The May program is titled Creating Wildlife Habitat with Native Plants, and is presented by Shaun Roche, who is  Visitor Services Manager at the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge in Westbrook, Conn.

Roche focuses on education and outreach at the Refuge.

The focus of his talk will be how to make a difference in your yard in terms of its attractiveness to wildlife. Roche will demonstrate how you can invite wildlife to your own yard and neighborhood simply by planting native plants that provide habitat for beautiful creatures.

He comments, “Imagine more singing songbirds, happy hummingbirds, flitting butterflies and myriad other small creatures visiting your home. What a sight to see and what a positive difference you can make with simple changes and additions to your garden.”

Roche grew up in Waterbury and attended Central Connecticut State University, earning a degree in public history. He  worked for the National Park Service at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (home of Theo. Roosevelt) in Oyster Bay, NY from 2004-2010 and then returned to Connecticut in 2010 to work with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Guests and potential members are always welcome to DRGC programs, and no registration is needed.

Contact Karen Geisler at (860) 434-5321 if you would like more information about the program or the club.

Editor’s Note: For more information on the work in which Roche is currently involved, visit the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge Facebook page.


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