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Director Catherine Zimmerman, pictured, and The Meadow Project produced "Hometown Heroes" to encourage audiences to make their communities habitable for pollinators like bees and butterflies. The film will screen at the Little Art on Dec. 3.

Director Catherine Zimmerman, pictured, and The Meadow Project produced "Hometown Habitat" to encourage audiences to make their communities habitable for pollinators like bees and butterflies. The film will screen at the Vernet Ecological Center on Oct. 25.

‘Hometown Habitat’ film talks turning yards into wildlife habitats

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Nationally acclaimed filmmaker Catherine Zimmerman will present her 90-minute documentary, “Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home” on Friday, Oct. 25, 7–9 p.m. in the Vernet Ecological Center Auditorium.

“The crux of the film is about how native plants are crucial to the survival of our ecosystems and directly correlate to the health of bird and pollinator populations that we are losing,” Zimmerman wrote in an email this week.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A and refreshments. The screening is sponsored by Yellow Springs Hardware and the cost is $5 for nonmembers.

At the event, free educational materials will also be distributed, along with applications to from the National Wildlife Foundation to become a Certified Wildlife Habitat, “as a way for people to go home and start working on something tangible,” Zimmerman added.

“My hope is the Village of Yellow Springs becomes a model to promote & build wildlife habitat,” she wrote.

The film takes viewers around the country as Zimmerman explores how local communities and individuals are building an army of “habitat heroes” by planting native species on their properties to attract pollinators like bees, birds and butterflies. Pollinators play a critical role in earth’s ecosystem, and habitats friendly to pollinators have decreased dramatically in the United States.

Read more about the film, Zimmerman and the importance of wildlife habitat in this 2017 YS News story, “Bringing nature home, one yard at a time.”

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