Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS) is hosting a “lunch and learn” event on Saturday, April 25 at Gravity Hill Farm’s Community Center on Pleasant Valley Road in Titusville.

Local bird researcher, Tyler Christensen, will be providing a presentation about ruby-throated hummingbirds, the only hummingbird that regularly breeds east of the Mississippi. He will highlight the science of hummingbird behavior, migration, and other aspects of their biology. Also Christensen will discuss how to attract hummingbirds to your yard by selecting appropriate native flowering plants—just in time for their arrival from Central America and the onset of gardening season.

Christensen is a self-taught naturalist and ornithologist from Pennington and is the founder and co-director of the Nicoya Peninsula Avian Research Station in Costa Rica where he travels each winter to band and study tropical and migratory birds. He is Vice President and Education Chair of the Washington Crossing chapter of the National Audubon Society and is currently a student of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources at Rutgers University. Christensen is the subject of filmmaker Jared Flesher’s popular documentary Field Biologist.

Lunch, catered by The Brothers Moon, will be at 12:30 pm and the program will follow at 1:30. Homemade cookies and soft drinks will also be served.

The event takes place at the Community Center at Gravity Hill Farm, 67 Pleasant Valley Road in Titusville. Space is limited and preregistration is required. The cost is $15 per person, which will be collected at the door. To register, email or phone 609-730-1560.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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