Please note: This meeting will be held on Tuesday due to the holiday. We resume Monday meetings next month.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Sica Hall, 1065 Daytona Avenue, Holly Hill. The presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. A brief business meeting follows.
Plants For Birds!
Melissa Lammers and Don Spence will explore turning your outdoor space into a haven for birds. Many folks erect bird feeders in their yards to attract feathered visitors, but birds do not live by seeds alone. Insects, water, fruit, shelter and more are important components of a bird-friendly environment. The more of these items available in your yard, the greater diversity of species you will see. Get the "Yard List" going!
Dr. Don Spence, a native of Volusia County, is an Assistant Professor in the Natural Sciences Department at Bethune-Cookman University. He earned is PhD from the University of Florida in plant pathology and has published peer reviewed research and written articles for magazines relating to Florida’s plants, plant communities and trees. Dr. Spence specializes in tree biology and tree diseases caused by fungal-beetle interactions. He is a Board-Certified Master Arborist and is a past member of the Volusia County Code Enforcement Board and Volusia County Green Ribbon Panel as well as a past member of the Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District. Dr. Spence has 21 years of combined experience as an educator in middle school, high school, adult continuing education, and at the university level. He also spent seven years in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Melissa Lammers grew up in Ormond-by-the-Sea, developing a life-long love of and concern for nature. After a successful career managing multinational marketing and advertising agencies in the U.S. and abroad, Melissa returned to Ormond-by-the-Sea in 2016 and purchased her childhood home. Watching the birds in her backyard, which has been free of pesticides and fertilizers for several decades, she was inspired to learn more about the role of native plants in supporting a healthy ecosystem. She now combines her love of nature with her professional experience to increase awareness and understanding of our fragile environment. She is immediate past president of Halifax River Audubon, an organization that has advocated for birds and other wildlife in our area since 1923. She is also a board member of the Environmental Council of Volusia and Flagler Counties and a member of the Pawpaw Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.