Backyard Biodiversity: Welcoming nature into your yard, not your home

Great News:  The City of Ottawa Wildlife Speaker Series is just one week away!
 
On Friday April 11th  2014, at Ottawa City Hall 110 Laurier Avenue West, the City of Ottawa will be holding its second of four Wildlife Speaker Series sessions.  The topic of this session is Backyard Biodiversity: Welcoming nature into your yard, not your home.   
 
The featured guest speakers are Sarah Kirkpatrick-Wahl, Conservation Coordinator, from Nature Canada, Canada’s oldest nature conservation charity, and Bill Dowd, CEO of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, Canada’s largest wildlife control company that partners with SPCAs/Humane Societies and animal control departments in communities across Canada.
 
Ms. Kirkpatrick-Wahl is a conservation biologist, who is currently working on the NatureHood program, which aims to connect people with nature in urban environments – right in their backyards.
 
Mr. Dowd has more than 25 years of experience in helping people live with wildlife around residential settings.  He is respected as an expert in the field.  
 
In addition to the presentations, there will be a nature slideshow and an environmental exposition from 6 to 9 p.m. in Jean Pigott Place for residents to learn more about Ottawa’s wildlife and natural environment and local environmental initiatives. Participants will include the Canadian Wildlife Federation, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club and the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.  Ontario Electronic Stewardship will also have a booth and will be accepting old electronic equipment for recycling..
 
The City will hold two more events in the Wildlife Speakers’ Series this year. The series is intended to increase residents’ knowledge and appreciation of wildlife and promote coexistence through understanding and respect.
 
 
City of Ottawa Wildlife Speaker Series
Session #2 – Backyard Biodiversity
Friday April 11, 2014
7pm (information booths will be open from 6pm-9pm)
Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa
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