Earthweek EcoFair 2011

What Lives Where You Live?

At the EcoFair this year BRDC featured dozens of local plants and animals and enticed participants to have a closer look at animals that share our yards, parks and living spaces. Through this direct hands-on engagement we spent the day considering the relationships we have with living and nonliving things. We hope you had fun!

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At the Event:

Some of the animals and plants on exhibit:
  • Northern cricket frog, Acris crepitans
  • Spring peeper, Pseudacris crucifer
  • Fowler’s toad, Anaxyrus fowleri
  • Redback salamander, Plethodon cinereus
  • Northern water snake, Nerodia sipedon
  • Eastern newt and red eft, Notophthalmus viridescens
  • Dragonfly larvae (aquatic insect)
  • Damselfly larvae (aquatic insect)
  • Physid and planorbid snails (aquatic)
  • Green frog tadpoles, Lithobates clamitans melanota
  • Crawling water beetle (aquatic insect)
  • Backswimmer (aquatic insect)
  • Southern adder’s tongue (a fern!), Ophioglossum vulgatum
  • Early saxifrage, Saxifraga virginiensis
  • Morel mushrooms, Morchella species

“At the core of the Local movement, and at the heart of our pursuit of local reliance, sustainability, and healthy communities, is the maintenance of well-balanced and self-renewing human ecosystems. To truly achieve the goal of creating and maintaining these healthy systems, we must have local understanding and knowledge-building. Neither of these is attainable unless we find ways to inspire a love for learning and a passion for exploration, discovery, and inquiry. With this love and passion, our children, grandchildren and future generations will have the ability to make wise decisions pertaining to human well-being.” – DSF
So, get outside, observe butterflies, birds, frogs and others, and ask yourself, “What role does this animal or plant play in my human habitat? What eats it? What does it eat? What are the relationships and connections I have with this animal?”