A new documentary film. Discussion followed, hosted by local author Heather Holm.
Hometown Habitat is a 90-minute environmental education documentary film showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Entomologist Doug Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the misuse of non-native plants in landscaping sound the alarm about habitat and species loss, provides the narrative thread throughout the film. The message: “We can change the notion that humans are here and nature is some place else. It doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t be that way.” Each individual has the power to conserve resources, restore habitat for wildlife and bring beauty to their patch of earth.
Filmmaker Catherine Zimmerman is an award-winning director of photography. She is celebrating her 40th year as a documentary filmmaker, working primarily on education and environmental issues. Catherine is also a certified horticulturalist and landscape designer based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She is accredited in organic land care. Anyone interested in hosting a screening of Hometown Habitat can find more information here.
Host and discussion leader Heather Holm is a local author, landscape designer, and consultant specializing in pollinator landscapes and native landscape restorations. She is a passionate advocate of the use of native plants to attract and support pollinators, beneficial insects, and wildlife in residential and commercial landscapes, organic farms, and restored landscapes.
Screening of Hometown Habitat with discussion by Heather Holm at the Stillwater Public Library, April 30, 2016. Photos by Roger Miller.