Join the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society for its First Thursday Nature Supper Club at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 6, to find out how baking soda once helped save bird populations.
It’s the first Supper Club Thursday of the New Year via Zoom, according to a press release from the UT Arboretum Society.
“You provide your own dinner at home, and we provide nature as local naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales will entertain us and teach us via Zoom this incredible story,” the statement read.
There was a time in the late 1800s when birds were under total assault. They were slaughtered for eating, slaughtered for their feathers, and simply slaughtered for target practice. Few people knew all of the different species they were shooting or realized they were involved in bringing multiple species to the brink of extinction. A popular awareness moment was started by conservationist Charles Church of the Church & Dwight Company when he began inserting “Useful Birds of America” collectible cards into boxes of Arm & Hammer baking soda. , one of their products. Under the slogan “For the good of all, do not destroy the birds”, the general public, especially children, began to learn about the birds that lived around them. Over the next century, hundreds of different small cards were produced and distributed to avid collectors, according to a statement.
Join Michelle Campanis, Education Coordinator at UT Arboretum, and Bales for an overview of the movement and learn more about some of the bird species on these beautiful bird maps.
Sign up for this free Zoom program www.utarboretumsociety.org. This program will be recorded and closed captioning is available. Contact Campanis at [email protected] for any question or registration problem.
To contact Bales or purchase one of his UT Press books, email him at [email protected].