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You Built It and They Came: The Science Supporting Your Wildlife Habitat Garden
A panel of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation Macrosystems Biology program, share findings from studies of Certified Wildlife Habitats® across the country. They will discuss how wildlife gardening can help boost biodiversity, impact soil and microclimates, and potentials for expanding. Join us and learn how you can support wildlife in your own Wildlife Habitat Garden.

Moderator, Mary Phillips, Head of Garden for Wildlife/Certified Wildlife Habitat®


• Dr. Peter Groffman, is a Professor at the City University of New York Advanced Science Research Center and the Earth and Environmental Sciences Program at the Graduate Center, and Brooklyn College Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He will introduce the idea of ecological homogenization and the six-city research project, and share some soil results.

• Dr. Sarah Hobbie, distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Dept of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. She will talk about how managing yards for wildlife affects plant biodiversity.

• Dr. Kelli Larson, is a professor of geography and sustainability at Arizona State University, where she studies people’s interactions and decisions regarding the environment. She will share results on the potential for expanding wildlife yards across U.S. cities based on residents’ choices and motivations.

• Dr. Susannah Lerman, is a Research Ecologist with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station. Her research assesses how wildlife respond to different management practices, with a focus on birds and bees, and how people interact with nearby nature. She will share results on how certified wildlife yards support diverse bird communities.

May 26, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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