MSU Extension launches new Wild About Backyard Conservation webinar series

Explore ways your backyard can protect and promote wildlife and clean water with MSU Extension experts.

A birdhouse in a tree
Bird feeders and nesting houses are an easy way to attract wildlife to your backyard. | Photo by Beth Clawson

What we do in our yards and neighborhoods impacts local wildlife and the quality of water in our lakes and rivers. No matter the size, our yards can serve as a refuge for unique plants and animals. From landscaping with native trees and shrubs to adding water features, there are small things we can do to help.

Join experts from Michigan State University Extension as we discuss simple conservation practices you can implement in your yard today. Take part in one or all nine of the Wild About Backyard Conservation webinars from the comfort of your home. Webinars are one hour and will take place every other Wednesday starting June 10, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Each webinar will address a unique topic related to conservation. Topics and speakers include:

  • June 10: Explore the basics of conservation planning for your backyard with Beth Clawson
  • June 24: Support wildlife through caring for native trees and shrubs with Emily Huff
  • July 8: Learn about the Eyes on the Forest program and how to adopt a tree with Georgia Peterson and Julie Crick
  • July 22: Discover the importance of water features in your landscape with Beth Clawson
  • August 12: Understand the importance of prescribed burns and when they may be necessary with Julie Crick
  • August 26: Find ways to attract beneficial wildlife and how to deter the destructive ones with Dr. Alexa Warwick
  • September 9: Get the inside scoop on what your septic tank is doing underground and how to maintain it with Terry Gibb
  • September 23: Investigate the relationships of lawns, strange holes, and wildlife with Beth Clawson
  • October 14: Examine landscaping options for wet and soggy areas of your yard with Bindu Bhakta

The cost to participate is $5 per webinar or $35 for access to all nine webinars. To register visit the Wild About Backyard Conservation webinar series website

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