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May Brown Bag Lectures Explore Green Roofs

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Vegetation on buildings creates unexpected wildlife habitat

May Brown Bag Lectures Explore Green Roofs

Butterflies and other insects would be among the first wildlife to discover rooftop habitats. Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark.

April 25, 2014

When a new building is constructed on previously undeveloped land, the wildlife habitat in its footprint is lost. But green roofs, or roofs planted with vegetation, may be one way to recreate that lost habitat.

During the May Brown Bag Lectures at the Zoo on Thursday, May 1 and Saturday, May 3, 12:45 - 1:30 p.m., explore the possibilities that green roofs provide for threatened and endangered species. Mary Anderson, a botanist and biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, will talk about her work to bolster the survival of critical species and their habitats, and the potential for green roofs to offer necessary food and shelter to struggling wildlife in urban areas.

"Building a green rooftop might not be the first thing that comes to mind when trying to figure out how to help save local species,” says Kathryn Venzor, Education Curator. “May is Endangered Species Awareness Month around the world, and at the BioPark we wanted to talk about what people can do to help local wildlife that is threatened because of habitat loss. One great way is to create habitats where we can--even on the roofs of buildings!"

Brown Bag lectures take place twice a month (on a Thursday and a Saturday), alternating between the Aquarium/Garden and the Zoo locations. Lectures at the Zoo are included with regular admission.

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