The Rockport Garden Club invites the public to their July meeting to hear Hildy Ellis talk on “Beyond the Birdfeeder, Creating Backyard Habitat.” It is not too late to make your yard habitat-friendly this summer!

This timely program will demonstrate how to use natural and constructed features to provide food, shelter, water and nesting sites to attract wildlife — the kind that you want — to your landscape, and some tips on how to discourage the kind you do not want.

Ellis will provide information on why native plants are often a better choice for birds and bugs, which plants are pollinator powerhouses, and how backyard habitats can mitigate the effects of development and climate change, all the while highlighting the human benefits of building a dynamic landscape.

Ellis is district coordinator of Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District in Rockport. She received a bachelor of science degree in horticulture from the University of Maine, where she also participated in the production of the brochure “Conserving Maine’s Natural Landscape: Plants to Plant, Plants to Avoid”. Before taking on her present position Ellis was the education coordinator at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, Pa.

This presentation will be held Thursday, July 6, at 1 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, lower level and is free to the public. For more information, please call 236-7788.