When award-winning author Jane Kurtz was writing the Lanie book series, she started to learn about turning backyards into habitats for birds, bees and butterflies. After settling into her Portland home, she began eliminating invasive weeds and working to get a backyard habitat certification from the National Wildlife Federation.
Drawing on her own experience and research, she will tell people of all ages how to help improve even a small plot of earth. She will teach a free session through pictures and stories from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Albina Library, 3605 N.E. 15th Ave.
While she was working on her backyard habitat certification, she began work on a new middle grade novel, Planet Jupiter, set in Portland. It includes bridges, buskers, pollinators and plants.
Also in September, the Ethical Choices Program is offering a free community discussion on Environment and Modern Agriculture from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the library.
The discussion will open with an introduction to how animals are raised on modern farms. Information also will include the natural resources needed to raise animals, including water, soil and crops. Problems that can arise in modern farming also will be examined, including pollution, high levels of water use and soil degradation.