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JANUARY 2021

Due to the coronavirus, most live, in-person events have been cancelled or modified. Please see individual events for more information.

Green towson alliance virtual meeting

Monday, January 18 – 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Zoom

Regular bi-monthly meeting of the Green Towson Alliance.
You don’t have to be a member of Green Towson Alliance to join this meeting, which will be held via Zoom.
All are welcome to join us. We’ll discuss Towson-area zoning, development and greening issues, and updates from our workgroups, which include Habitat Restoration, Streams, Sewers, Radebaugh Park, Downtown Towson Greening and Homegrown National Parks. We will send the Zoom link to our members on our google email list. If you are not on the list and would like to attend the meeting, please send us a message on our Facebook page before 6:30 p.m. on January 18.

Girl Scouts clean trash out of stream
Two Towson Girl Scout troops at a stream clean-up of a branch of the Herring Run, October, 2020.
Tree planting in Towson
GTA members planted trees in several Towson neighborhoods this fall.

 

Past events

green towson alliance virtual book group discussion

This Zoom event was held in June 2020.

“Nature’s Best Hope” is the latest book by the UDel entomologist Doug Tallamy, who was one of the first people to realize that nearly all American insects can digest only American plants that they have co-evolved with for thousands of years. This was an incredibly significant insight because nearly all birds depend on insects – specifically caterpillars – to feed their young. If there are no caterpillars or insects, there will soon be no baby birds in our backyards and neighborhoods, and no baby birds bodes for a very bad future. “Nature’s Best Hope” is extremely thoughtful and full of the history of how Americans conceive of “nature” – that Nature is something that we should enjoy in a park setting, but which we have historically seen as something we must suppress or fight in order to survive. This, of course, is a very old and outdated paradigm, and it’s well past time for a change. Tallamy’s book has specific advice on how to cut back  the lawn and join with our neighbors to create what Tallamy calls a “Homegrown National Park”, a unique approach to rebuilding the natural world on the land we have some control over – our own private properties. If we work with our neighbors and each plant our landscapes to encourage insects, birds, pollinators and wildlife, we have a chance to restore our country’s great woodlands and prairies.