Public Invited to Steve Apfelbaum's December 12 "Ecological Health" Talk at Tallgrass Creek

OVERLAND PARK, KS (December 3, 2013) -- The Tallgrass Creek Nature Club will host a Thursday, December 12 (2-3 p.m.),  talk by Steve Apfelbaum, the  Chairman/Founder and Senior Ecologist of Applied Ecological Services, Inc.,  who will discuss "Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land". He is a consultant on prairie restoration and a guest lecturer at Harvard and has written a book, "Giving Nature a Second Chance." Tallgrass Creek is located at 13800 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, KS. RSVP: Mel.Tansill@Erickson.com Apfelbaum has conducted ecological research, designed award-winning projects, successfully navigated regulatory programs, and contributed his unique creative scientific expertise and enthusiasm to over 1,500 projects throughout North America and beyond. He is one of the leading ecological consultants in the U.S., providing technical restoration advice and win-win solutions where ecological and land-development conflicts arise. Apfelbaum has authored hundreds of technical studies, peer-reviewed technical papers, books, reports, ecological restoration plans, and regulatory monitoring and compliance reports. He promotes using ecological and conservation design principles in developments, industrial projects and parks that help clients save money while increasing ecological functionality, improving public perception and generating award-winning outcomes. Apfelbaum is also a much sought after speaker at educational events focusing on ecological restoration, ecosystem assessment, alternative storm water management and conservation development. Apfelbaum  will find kindred terrain at the 65-acre campus of Tallgrass Creek, which this year was  recognized as being an official Certified Wildlife Habitat™ site by National Wildlife Federation (NWF).  The Tallgrass Creek campus attracts a variety of birds, butterflies and other local animals by providing a wildlife-friendly landscape. More than 40 different species of birds have been identified on the campus. Squirrels, rabbits, beavers, coyotes, and deer can be seen regularly, and one Tallgarss Creek resident swears she has  seen a bobcat. In order to become certified, Tallgrass Creek had to provide the four basic elements that all wildlife need:  food, water, cover and places to raise young. In addition to providing for wildlife, certified habitats such as Tallgrass Creek conserve natural resources by reducing or eliminating the need for fertilizers, pesticides, and/or irrigation water, which ultimately protects the air, soil and water. NWF began the Certified Wildlife Habitat program in 1973, and has since certified almost 150,000 habitats nationwide. The majority of these sites represent the hard work and commitment of individuals and families providing habitat near their homes, but NWF has also certified more than 3,000 schools and hundreds of business and community sites. The average habitat is between 1/3 and 1/2 acre, but certified sites range in size from urban balconies to many acres. About Tallgrass Creek: Tallgrass Creek, which has more than 300 residents,  offers extensive wellness and prevention programs, balance assessment and fall prevention programs, and Fitness and Aquatics Center. Also, there are nearly 100 resident-inspired and resident-led clubs, committees and interest groups in these categories: art; cards; computers & technology; dance; faith-based and interfaith; film, fitness and sports; games; gardening; investments; lifelong learning; music; literature, philanthropy; political awareness; theater; woodworking; and writing. Tallgrass Creek is managed by Erickson Living.