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Wildlife Conservation in Cities and Suburbs: Research, programs and tools

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Josh Whalen

Wildlife Conservation in Cities and Suburbs: Research, programs and tools
March 11, 2015

Susannah Lerman, USDA Forest Service & University of Massachusetts

David Mizejewski and Naomi Edelson, National Wildlife Federation

Protecting and restoring wildlife habitat in our cities and suburbs is a vital component of urban sustainability and conservation efforts at a landscape scale. Urban wildlife habitat can strengthen habitat connectivity within ecological landscapes and serve as a refuge for species impacted by urbanization. Municipal sustainability efforts, community conservation projects, and environmental stewardship at the residential level can support wildlife, improve local biodiversity, and connect our growing urban population with nature. In this webinar, Susannah Lerman shares research and applications to help inform bird and bee habitat improvement projects, including a close look at i-Tree’s habitat module, the Smithsonian’s Neighborhood Nestwatch citizen science project, and interesting insights learned from a study of yard management behavior. Naomi Edelson and David Mizejewski discuss how the National Wildlife Federation’s Gardening for Wildlife program is encouraging turning outdoor spaces – places where people live, work, play, learn, and worship – into Certified Wildlife Habitat®. They describe a new partnership between the National Wildlife Federation, the USDA Forest Service, and Doug Tallamy/University of Delaware and plans for a new, interactive website to empower gardeners, tree stewards, and nature lovers to plant native plants for wildlife habitat.

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Beyond Benefits for Humans: How cities can support ecosystem services for wildlife (PDF)
Susannah Lerman
Research Ecologist
USDA Forest Service & University of Massachusetts Amherst
Abstract

Garden for Wildlife: Attracting birds, butterflies and other backyard wildlife (PDF)
David Mizejewski and Naomi Edelson
Naturalist: Media/TV & Director, State and Federal Wildlife Partnerships
National Wildlife Federation

Q & A (PDF)

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