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Webinar: Backyard Habitats

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Interested in making your backyard more welcoming to Vermont wildlife? Join us for an hour of tips and expertise from a variety of perspectives.

Thursday, September 9 at noon.

Moderated by Jamey Fidel, VNRC’s Forest & Wildlife Program Director, the webinar will focus on steps big and small Vermonter’s are taking to protect biodiversity.

Steve Parren, who recently retired as manager of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Wildlife Diversity Program, will discuss the importance of backyard habitat management in supporting Vermont’s natural ecosystems. He’ll share tips from his many years of professional and personal conservation work.

Paul Leible of Richmond will talk about how he has prioritized plantings for wildlife habitats

And Karina Dailey, VNRC’s Ecological Restoration Coordinator will share a few resources where you can find native plants to support your own wildlife plantings!

The program will be followed by a Q&A.



—National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Native Plant Finder: https://www.nwf.org/nativeplantfinder/

—Native Plant Trust:  https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/

—VT State Park’s resource on native ferns: https://vtstateparks.com/assets/pdf/ferns.pdf

—VT Invasives: https://vtinvasives.org/

—VT Dept. of Fish & Wildlife – VT Conservation Design: https://vtfishandwildlife.com/conserve/vermont-conservation-design

—Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County Forester: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG5pCDPHUyOiA2vW1l7L6oA


—Steve Parren’s Backyard Wildlife Habitat in Vermont: tinyurl.com/backyard-wildlifehabitat

—Art Gilman’s New Flora of Vermont: https://vtecostudies.org/blog/comprehensive-new-book-published-on-vermonts-plants/

—VT Fish & Wildlife Department: Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: https://vtfishandwildlife.com/wetland-woodland-wildland

—VNRC’s latest VER, Vermont’s Backyard Biodiversity: https://vnrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/VER-2021-Issue-2.pdf

Regional Native Plant Sources:

—VT Wetland Plant Supply, Orwell, VT (wholesale): https://www.vermontwetlandplants.com/index/about-vwps/

—Intervale Conservation Nursery: https://www.intervale.org/intervale-conservation-nursery

—Northeast Pollinator Plants: https://www.northeastpollinator.com/

—Bagley Pond Perennials: https://bagleypondperennials.com/

—Wild Seed Project: https://shop.wildseedproject.net/

—Izel Native Plants (plugs for large plantings): https://www.izelplants.com/