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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.

How to Create Pollinator and Wildlife Habitat: A Comprehensive Course for the Eastern U.S.

Say good-bye to being stuck because you don’t know where to start or what to do next. Join us for a 12-week journey to transform your property into a flourishing ecosystem that supports pollinators and wildlife. We’ll guide and support you every step of the way as you plan, design, and begin implementing your plan.

The course starts the week of February 19, 2024 and is held completely online.

The Backyard Ecology Community

The Backyard Ecology Community is for busy homeowners in the eastern U.S. who want to improve, maintain, expand, and enjoy their pollinator and wildlife habitats.

We created the community as a safe place to ask questions, learn, celebrate accomplishments, and help each other attract more pollinators and wildlife.

Our goal is to empower you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to confidently create and maintain a functioning ecosystem on your property that attracts lots of pollinators and wildlife, while also giving you time to sit back and enjoy what you’ve created.

Recent Backyard Ecology Blog Articles

Recent Backyard Ecology Podcast Episodes

Recent Backyard Ecology Videos


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

* Links to Amazon pages are affiliate links. This means that Amazon pays us a small commission when you use these links, but that comes at no extra cost to you.