WILD EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

                                                                      Northern saw-whet owl

Join us!

WHEN: Sat., April 22nd 10 aM-4 pM

WHERE: Mercer County Wildlife Center --                                        1748 River Rd., Titusville, NJ 08560

Call (609)414-2108 or email director@wildlifecenterfriends.org to book your staff guided tour time! 

TOUR PRICES:     Adults: $10 in advance, $15 at the door                                                                                                     Children: $5 in advance, $10 at the door                                                                                                   Admission is FREE for children under 5

In addition to small group tours of the Outdoor Education Environment led by a Mercer County Wildlife Center staff member, make sure to check out our native plant sale, Wild Education Area, and shop for a print of one of the Education Animals. Please sign up in advance as space is limited for tours! 

Orders are now being taken for our Native Plant Sale!  Perennial garden trays contain 10 (labeled), 1- quart pots of mixed variety. Cost per 10 plants is $60. These plants are grown by Parkside Greenhouse. 

Want to help plant native flowers at Mercer County Wildlife Center? We welcome donations of these trays for the Outdoor Education Area! Simply fill out an order form and let us know you are donating the tray!

All other orders may be picked up at Mercer County Wildlife Center on Saturday, April 22nd between 10 am-4 pm, or the following week by appointment.

Contact Karen at director@wildlifecenterfriends.org for more information to get your order form.

WHY NATIVE PLANTS?

The following information was taken directly from “Why Native Plants Matter,” National Audobon Society (http://www.audubon.org/content/why-native-plants-matter)

Low maintenance:
Once established, native plants generally require little maintenance.
Beauty:
Many native plants offer beautiful showy flowers, produce abundant colorful fruits and seeds, and brilliant seasonal changes in colors from the pale, thin greens of early spring, to the vibrant yellows and reds of autumn.                                                                                                                 Healthy Places for People:
Lawns and the ubiquitous bark-mulched landscapes are notorious for requiring profuse amounts of artificial fertilizers and synthetic chemical pesticides and herbicides. The traditional suburban lawn, on average, has 10x more chemical pesticides per acre than farmland. By choosing native plants for your landscaping, you are not only helping wildlife, but you are creating a healthier place for yourself, your family, and your community. 
Helping the Climate:
Landscaping with native plants can combat climate change. In addition to the reduced noise and carbon pollution from lawn mower exhaust, many native plants, especially long-living trees like oaks and maples, are effective at storing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. 
Conserving Water:
Because native plants are adapted to local environmental conditions, they require far less water, saving time, money, and perhaps the most valuable natural resource, water.
Wildlife
In addition to providing vital habitat for birds, many other species of wildlife benefits as well. The colorful array of butterflies and moths, including the iconic monarch, the swallowtails, tortoiseshells, and beautiful blues, are alldependent on very specific native plant species. Native plants provide nectar for pollinators including hummingbirds, native bees, butterflies, moths, and bats. They provide protective shelter for many mammals. The native nuts, seeds, and fruits produced by these plants offer essential foods for all forms of wildlife.

Banner Photo: Northern saw-whet owl, Photo Credit: Shutter Starr Photography