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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Norma Hoffman Visitor Center


Food Webs Desiree Narango Photo by Doug Tallamy

Photo by Doug Tallamy

The Friends of Dyke Marsh invite you to hear Dr. Desiree Narango speak about her research on how residential landscapes influence biodiversity.

The talk will focus on Dr. Narango’s research comparing how well native and nonnative trees provide food for insect-eating Carolina chickadees. She worked with volunteer homeowners in the Washington, D.C., area through a citizen-science program called Neighborhood Nestwatch. She will also share results from her work that can help you choose trees and shrubs that will best support habitat for insectivorous birds and other backyard wildlife.

Desiree Narango is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her PhD thesis advisers were Dr. Doug Tallamy from the University of Delaware and Dr. Peter Marra from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Her research interests include urban ecology, plant-animal interactions, and citizen science.

This program is cosponsored by Plant NOVA Natives, the Northern Virginia Bird Club, and the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society. It is free and open to the public.

The Norma Hoffman Visitor Center (703-768-2525) is at 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria, Virginia 22306. (If you use a GPS device to find the park, be sure to enter the street address, not the park’sname.)

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