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We are experiencing an unprecedented decrease in our North American bird population and an insect apocalypse, especially our pollinators. Join Jody Willis, outreach director of the Ixia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, to learn why we need to create native habitats for birds in our gardens and 13 steps you can take to create one in your yard.

Willis is a former president of the Duval Audubon Society and has held several board positions in the chapter over the last 20 years. She is also a member of the Ixia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, Florida Wildflower Foundation, Herb Society of America, and the Yucca Circle of the Ribault Garden Club. She has been an avid gardener for many years and has been cultivating native plants in her yard since she moved to Jacksonville in 1999. Willis previously worked as a market manager with CSX and Conrail and as a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services. She has a bachelor’s degree from Regis College in Boston and an MBA from Syracuse University. Willis has learned that gardening is a never-ending and rewarding learning experience, especially in regards to the creatures that inhabit the gardens we create.

This program will be offered in-person at the Garden Club and simultaneously on Zoom. Masks are required for everyone attending the program in-person to help protect the speaker; the Garden Club appreciates your cooperation.

(Image courtesy of Duval Audubon Society President Carol Bailey-White)

The program is free and open to the public.

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