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Forum 2016 - Restoring Resilience: Big Impacts Across Small Spaces

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 to Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Ontario Invasive Plant CouncilCarolinian Canada Coalition
NOTE: The Restoring Resilience: Big Impacts Across Small Spaces AGM and Ecosystem Recovery Forum is a separate event from the evening talk with Doug Tallamy held on the evening of October 25th. Doug Tallamy is the keynote speaker for the Restoring Resilience: Big Impacts Across Small Spaces AGM and Ecosystem Recovery Forum, and will be speaking on the same topic.

Registration for Doug Tallamy's talk is below. Click here to jump to the talk

October 25-26 at the Toronto Botanical Gardens

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This year, the Ontario Invasive Plant Council and the Carolinian Canada Coalition are joining forces to host OIPC’s Invasive Plant Conference / Annual General Meeting and Carolinian Canada’s annual Ecosystem Recovery Forum.

“Restoring Resilience: Big Impacts Across Small Spaces” will focus on recovering ecosystem health at all scales, from backyards to landscapes, in the context of changing climate, biodiversity loss, invasive species, and the growing disconnect between society and nature. The conference will bring together 350-plus conservation practitioners and interested laypeople from across Ontario to connect with those working in the fields of invasive plants and ecosystem recovery, spreading the word on exciting new projects, innovations, and accomplishments. Building on the eloquent message of our keynote speaker, Doug Tallamy, in his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” the event will especially emphasize “the why and the how” of restoring native biodiversity and habitat in the cities, towns and settled landscapes of Ontario.

Partners and Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

World Wildlife Foundation Government of OntarioTD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Silver Sponsors

Environment and Climate Change Canada Toronto and Region Conservation for the living city

Bronze Sponsors

DOW Dow AgroSciencesHydro OneNot So Hollow Farms BASF - We create chemistry Engage Agro

Toronto and Region Conservation


Central Lake Ontario Conservation Return Native

The Ontario Invasive Plant Council and the Carolinian Canada Coalition, in partnership with the Toronto Botanical Gardens present:

Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home

Presented by: Doug Tallamy, acclaimed author of Bringing Nature Home

Joined by David Miller, president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada, who will discuss how Canadians can support wildlife by caring for nature in their own communities and gardens, and Toronto native gardening expert and author, Lorraine Johnson as emcee.

October 25, 2016; 7:00pm-9:00pm
Floral Hall, 777 Lawrence Avenue E,

About the Talk

Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception. It is specialized relationships that provide our birds with insects and berries that disperse our bloodroot seeds that pollinate our goldenrod, and so on. Plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere. Tallamy will explain why this is so, why specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity of the local food webs that support animal diversity, why our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems that sustain us, how we can use our residential landscapes to connect the isolated habitat fragments around us and produce valuable ecosystem services, and what we can do to make our landscapes living ecosystems once again.

About Doug

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 84 research publications and has taught for 34 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence.

Partners and Sponsors

World Wildlife Foundation Toronto Botanical Garden



For questions or concerns, contact:

Kellie Sherman
Ontario Invasive Plant Council
1.705.748.6324 ext. 243

Jarmo Jalava
Director of Ecosystem Recovery
Carolinian Canada Coalition

Registration issues, contact:
Tristan Bentley
I.T Systems Coordinator
Carolinian Canada Coalition

Accommodation Information

A block of rooms has been set aside at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel and Suites, 175 Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON, M3C 1J3, only a seven minute drive from the Toronto Botanical Gardens, at a rate of $111.00 for the night of October 25th

To obtain this rate, book your room no later than September 25th, 2016, using “Ontario Invasive Plant Council”.

Contact Information

Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites

Call: 1-877-474-6835, (416) 385-6721

Fax (416) 385-6700, or


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