Join Matt Tarr, Wildlife Specialist with UNHCooperative Extension, for a new perspective on the role of invasive plants in the Granite State. Although invasive plants present real threats to native wildlife and ecosystem balance, some may possess a few positive attributes. Matt will debunk a few common myths about invasive plants and discuss how some actually may be used by local wildlife. TinMountain’s October EcoForum will be on Wednesday, October 12, from noon-1pm. Please note, this month’s EcoForum will be held on WEDNESDAY.


In this presentation, Matt will discuss different wildlife responses to native and non-native plants and the manner in which this information can be used to guide management and conservation decisions to benefit wildlife.New Hampshiresupports a remarkable diversity of native and introduced shrubs and vines that have important habitat value to birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Fruits, seeds, and insects produced on shrubs and vines provide other wildlife with the energy they need to breed, raise young, migrate, and survive winter. Shrubs and vines also provide wildlife with cover they require for breeding and avoiding predators. Interestingly, many species of wildlife readily use non-native, invasive plants as habitat; but do wildlife select these plants intentionally or out of necessity, and do these plants provide the same habitat value and function as the native plants they’ve replaced?


The Eco-Forum lunchtime lecture series is sponsored by The Flatbread Company of North Conway, the Rock House Mountain Baker, and Frontside Grind Coffee and Espresso. It is presented at noon on the second Thursday of each month at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center in Albany. The public is urged to attend to learn more about salient issues facing our natural environment and to hear the views of thought-provoking speakers.