Nature Moments: What If You Stopped Mowing Your Lawn?

In the third installment of Nature Moments, a new weekly series of short videos, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences Nathaniel T. Wheelwright poses this radical suggestion: “Have you ever wondered what would happen if you didn’t mow your lawn for a while?

“When I tried that,” said Wheelwright, “three dozen different flower species appeared, providing a banquet for insects and birds.”

Nature Moments was launched to celebrate the publication of The Naturalist’s Notebook. Written by Wheelwright and Bernd Heinrich, emeritus professor of biology at the University of Vermont, the book encourages people to observe and record their natural surroundings in a five-year journal.

The authors are donating 100 percent of their royalties to support conservation and environmental education.

There will be book launches of The Naturalist’s Notebook at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm headquarters in Falmouth, Oct. 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., and at Brunswick’s Curtis Memorial Library on Nov. 1, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Enjoy previous Nature Moments.

3 thoughts on “Nature Moments: What If You Stopped Mowing Your Lawn?

  1. Dale Tomlinson '70

    Interesting subject and video. I agree with all he says, but in upstate NY, I like the buffer against pests — and especially deer ticks — provided by some lawn around my house. Lots of animals here and lots of woods all around the grass….

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