Presented by: Dr. Desiree Narango
Original Webinar: September 11, 2019
Residential landscapes and gardening practices can have a positive (or negative) impact on wildlife. In this webinar, Dr. Desiree Narango will speak about her research studying plant and wildlife interactions. The talk will focus on her recent work comparing the contributions of native and non-native plants to food webs by studying breeding birds in Washington D.C. suburban yards. In addition, she will talk about the relationships between plants and insects, why insects matter to birds, and steps you can take in your landscape designs or in your own yards to improve habitat for wildlife. Dr. Narango will also share resources to find more information about nature-friendly gardening and participating in community-driven science.
Dr. Desiree Narango is a Postdoctoral Researcher at City University of New York and a visiting researcher at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests include urban/suburban ecology, plant-animal interactions, and community-driven science (to name a few). Desiree has a PhD in Entomology and Wildlife Ecology from University of Delaware, a M.S. in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University, a B.S. in Environmental Biology from SUNY: ESF and over 15 years’ experience studying wildlife. She’s also an active birder and gardener who really enjoys getting others excited about the natural world in their own yards.
This presentation is part of the “Focus on Sustainability” webinar series prepared for landscape professionals and the public. The series is being presented through collaboration of: The Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) The Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC) The Sustainability Committee of the Illinois Landscape and Contractors Association (ILCA) The Kansas City Native Plant Initiative (KCNP) And ReScape California Known regionally for their quality education programs, these organizations are working cooperatively to share knowledge with landscape professionals and the public from around the country and the globe to promote sustainable landscape practices.