Coalition, libraries host author, birder

The Invasive Species Awareness Coalition of Dubois County and the Dubois and Jasper Public Libraries are hosting “Plant Native to Attract Birds,” a free program featuring Indiana author and birder Sharon Sorenson. The talk and slide show, featuring Sorenson’s own photography, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the theater of Vincennes University Jasper Campus Center for Innovation, Technology and Manufacturing.

Sorenson, in addition to being an author and avid birder, is known for her column in the Evansville Courier, For the Birds, and her website, She lives in rural southwest Indiana and has been adding native landscaping to her yard and property over the years.

Sorenson’s two books, Planting Native to Attract Birds and Birds in the Yard Month by Month, are full of photography and down-to-earth information. Sorenson will sign and sell her books starting at 6:30 p.m. before the event and after the event as well. It is suggested that attendees come early to get a seat and purchase a book to be signed.

The (ISAC) of Dubois County is a local partnership that aims to raise awareness and slow the spread of invasive species in Dubois County. Some invasive plants causing problems in the area include Callery Pear trees, Bush Honeysuckle, Wintercreeper vines and Poison Hemlock. As many invasive plants originate as landscaping, selecting native landscaping alternatives is one easy way that homeowners can make a difference. The group will have an information table at the event and volunteers on hand to answer questions about native and invasive plants. All attendees also will receive a goody bag.

Reservations are not required, and anyone is welcome to attend. For more information on this program or the Invasive Species Awareness Coalition of Dubois County, visit the website at, the Facebook page or call the Dubois Soil & Water Conservation District at 812-482-1171, ext. 3.

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