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Educational Resources

One thing about nature is that you can never know everything there is to know. There is always something new to discover and new questions to ask. We love learning, digging into the research to find out what new information scientists are discovering, and then sharing that new knowledge with others.

Below are some of the resources we recommend. Some are ones we produce. Others are resources that we use ourselves and recommend to others. Check back often, because we’ll be updating as we find or create additional resources that we think you might find valuable.

Gardening with Native Plants: Benefits of Fall Planting

Backyard Ecology

Backyard Ecology is our free blog, podcast, and YouTube channel.

Recent Blog Articles

  • Recent Nature-related Discoveries in My Yard and Community – August and September 2022
    by Backyard Ecology on September 22, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    I absolutely love fall! The temperatures are much nicer. The fields are a riot of color – lots of bright yellow, of course, but also purples, whites, pinks, oranges, and scattered other colors. Goldfinches are everywhere. And then there are all the butterflies, bees, wasps, and other “bugs” busily going about their business on the

  • Pollinator Friendly Methods for Mowing Fields
    by Backyard Ecology on September 8, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Property owners and land managers will often mow large fields in the fall. Sometimes this is done for aesthetic reasons. Sometimes it is done because “that’s the way it’s always been done.” And sometimes it is done out of a desire to keep trees and other woody vegetation from taking hold in the field, especially

Recent Podcast Episodes

  • Galls: Amazingly Diverse and Fascinating Plant Growths
    by Backyard Ecology on September 29, 2022 at 6:30 am

    Have you ever found a leaf with weird little balls or spiky things attached to it? Or found a plant with a weird growth on its stem or a dense clump of leaves growing out of an odd place? Chances are those were galls. Going into this conversation, I knew a little bit about galls,

  • Planting for Pollinators
    by Backyard Ecology on September 15, 2022 at 6:30 am

    One of the most common questions I get is, “What should I plant for pollinators?” As you’ll hear in today’s conversation, I’m not the only one who frequently gets that question. It’s probably the most common question asked of anyone who promotes pollinator gardening. Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer to that question because lots

Recent YouTube Videos


Classes and Presentations

Shannon offers a variety of online classes and gives both virtual and in-person presentations for clubs, libraries, Extension Offices, and other organizations. Check out our Events page to learn more about her upcoming presentations and other events. You can also visit her author and speaker website to learn more about the types of programs she does and how to schedule her for an upcoming event.


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Other books we recommend*

Gardening with native plants and creating habitat

Field guides

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