Margy Terpstra speaking at the Ethical Society TONIGHT (16-Aug)

woman wearing glassesWild Ones member Margy Terpstra will give her program Why Our Yards are So Important to the Full Life-cycle Conservation of Our Native Birds tonight, Tuesday August 16, at The Ethical Society, for the monthly meeting of the Missouri Nature and Environmental Photographers (MoNEP).

Our members and readers are invited to attend the free program.

When: Tuesday, August 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Avenue, St. Louis, 63117

Parking and the evening entry to The Ethical Society are at the rear of the building. Follow the driveway down the hill, along the side of the building to the large parking lot at the back. Enter through the door on the right side of the lower level.

Margy will address what native birds are, when they are here in Missouri, and what they need. The conservation status of many of our native songbirds has dramatically changed within our lifetimes. What can we do right in our own yards to help them?

The Terpstra’s yard has been a veritable learning lab for suburban conservation with 147 species of birds recorded, including 36 species of warblers. Margy has taken all of the images in this presentation, which includes birds listed as vulnerable, threatened, and soon-to-be-listed as endangered. She hopes you will be inspired to do at least one thing to help them.


Wild Ones touring Margy’s yard in 2014

Margy is an avid birder, nature photographer, and lifelong gardener with a degree in horticulture. She is a member of MoNEP, Wild Ones and the Audubon Society, and has served as a Bring Conservation Home Habitat Advisor.

Since 1996, Margy and her husband, Dan, have worked together to remove invasive plants and restore their half-acre Kirkwood property with beautiful Missouri natives. They have named their wildlife sanctuary Shady Oaks and Margy has been photographing the abundant  flora and fauna there since 2003. Margy shares her images and experiences in a blog on their website at

Hope to see you there!

2 thoughts on “Margy Terpstra speaking at the Ethical Society TONIGHT (16-Aug)

  1. The local news for the last two days has mentioned the lady in Maplewood, Alice Hetzel, who is being cited for having a front yard that does not comply with city codes. Her yard is filled with native plants, milk weed etc that is growing beyond the sacred 12inch height set by the city.

    Let us hope that some of the powers to be will attend the Ethical Society event to become better informed.

  2. Margy’s photos on her blog are spectacular. Everyone should look at them. I did not know hummingbirds fed from so many of the flowers in my yard. I only notice them on a few. She has proof there are many, look at the photos.

    As mentioned above by Linda, Alice’s case was moved to St. Louis county courts. Two of us Wild Ones went to the hearing last night in Maplewood. Alice and Marsha Gebhardt are going to be in a podcast on Earth worms (KDHX) hosted by Jean Ponzi.

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