Birds use native plants for food resources, nesting materials, nest placement, year-round habitats to live in and much, much more. In turn, birds provide plants with a means to spread their seeds, protection from hungry caterpillars and insects, and other factors of ecological importance. The many interesting connections between plants and birds are strong and well developed. Tom Hissong, retired Education Coordinator at the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, will present a colorful PowerPoint program on the fascinating relationships between native plants and birds and how often times one group could not exist without the other. A special discussion will focus on the use of native plants to enhance our home landscapes for birds.
Tom Hissong has followed an exciting career path working as an Interpretive Naturalist /Environmental Educator in the Dayton, Ohio area for nearly 41 years. He retired from his position as the Education Manager at the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm north of Dayton in March of 2017. Prior to his position at Aullwood Tom served as a naturalist for 2 years with the Five Rivers MetroParks which followed 16 years in the position of Curator of Education with the Dayton Museum of Natural History. Tom graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with a B.S. degree in Environmental Education / Field Biology in 1976. He is well known throughout the Dayton area for his expertise as an avid ornithology instructor / bird watcher and for his enthusiasm in teaching many children and adult classes on natural history topics each year. Tom has been the planner, organizer and leader of 8 different nine-day expeditions to south Florida and the Everglades for bird study and has led many three-day weekend trips to Pt. Pelee, Canada to watch birds and to northern Michigan to observe the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler over the past thirty years. Listed among his international expeditions are Australia, the Peruvian Amazon and Andes, Kenya, Panama, High Arctic Norway, Costa Rica, Galapagos Islands, and Canadian Rockies. Tom has recently joined Holland America Lines to work as Guest Onboard Naturalist cruising the Inside Passage of Alaska during the summer months.
Awards received include Dayton Tripod Camera Club’s 1984 Nature Photographer of the Year, the EarthWatch / Timken Foundation Research for Renewal -Teacher Fellowship, the National Audubon Society ACE Group Award - Flamingo Watch, 1999 Garden Club of Ohio, Inc. - Citation, inducted into Northmont Schools Roll of Honor 2006, 2007 Tamar Chotzen - National Audubon Society Educator of the Year, 2008 TogetherGreen Leadership Fellow, 2018 Ohio Association of Garden Clubs –Daisy Sticksel Conservation Award.
*Registration is requested, but not required.