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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.

Backyard Ecology

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

Recent Blog Articles

  • Buttonbush: A summer extravaganza for pollinators
    by Backyard Ecology on June 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Introduction Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) is a deciduous shrub native to the eastern half of North America. It can be found growing naturally along creeks, ponds, lakes, and other fairly wet areas. Buttonbush can also be grown as a native ornamental in mostly sunny areas where the soil is on the moist side of medium to

  • Bumblebee moth: The moth that looks like a hummingbird and a bumble bee had a baby
    by Backyard Ecology on June 2, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Have you ever caught a quick glimpse of a tiny “hummingbird” hovering around a flower? Then realized that not only was it too small, but it also wasn’t the right colors and wasn’t producing the characteristic hum. Perhaps it looked like a hummingbird and a bumblebee had a baby. Don’t worry. You aren’t going crazy

Recent Podcast Episodes

  • Summertime Activities and an Exciting Backyard Ecology Announcement
    by Backyard Ecology on June 23, 2022 at 6:30 am

    Summer brings with it butterflies, lightning bugs, caterpillars, hummingbirds, fawns, baby birds, and so much more. It can be a really fun time to just get outside and observe all of the fascinating plants and animals around us. There are also plenty of things that we can be doing at this time of year to

  • Ask a Bumble Bee: What Flowers Do Bumble Bees Prefer?
    by Backyard Ecology on June 9, 2022 at 6:30 am

    I often get asked what people can plant for bees. I can give good general answers to those questions, because we have a good idea of what types of flowers tend to be attractive to bees in general. We can then use that information along with personal observations made by ourselves and others to fairly

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.


By Shannon

Other books we recommend*

Gardening with native plants and creating habitat

Field guides

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