— Ed Perry from the National Wildlife Federation will present a seminar titled "Neighborly Natural Landscaping: How to decrease mowing and increase pollinators and birds."

The workshop will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Park Street Complex, 648 Park St., Honesdale. It will focus on ways each of us can reduce the population decline of bird species and pollinators right in our own backyards. Topics will include:

What to plant

Where to plant

Where to get your plants

How to start a meadow

How all this benefits our waterways

Sarah Hall-Bagdonas, president of the Northeast PA Audubon Society, will also present on native versus invasive species for this area. Each attendee will also receive a free seeds ball.”

Why this is importantThe alarming decline of native pollinators has been well documented. But less known is the decline and potential loss of numerous bird species. A recent National Audubon Society report redicts that 314 North American bird species are seriously threatened by climate change by the end of this century.

Since our changing climate is already affecting birds and pollinators, anything done to reduce carbon pollution will benefit those species. For example, running a lawn mower for one hour emits the same amount of carbon pollution as driving a car for one hundred miles, so reduced mowing will not only help rein in carbon pollution, but also help our native birds and pollinators that are already feeling the heat.

The seminar is sponsored by Wayne/Pike County partners in conservation, SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support), the Northeast PA, Audubon Society, Wayne Conservation District, and Delaware Highlands Conservancy with the National Wildlife Federation.

For more information visit seedsgroup.net or call 570-245-1256.