How delightful to hear that Montclair might soon be in the vanguard (if not the lead) on procuring native plants for our public spaces!

I didn't know anything about native species before moving to Montclair. The more I learn, the more convinced I am that we all have to do as much as possible to remove non-native species (especially the invasive ones) from our garden centers, our yards and our public spaces.

The thing that really surprised me was finding out that our songbird populations are dropping precipitously, partly due to a lack of native plants. Parent birds can't find enough to feed their baby birds since most moths and butterflies (as well as other insects) need native plants for reproduction or food.

Help save our butterflies, moths AND songbirds — by planting native species!

Johanna Coxeter

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