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An Ecological Approach to Wildlife Stewardship

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Join us for a 3-part virtual workshop series on managing and conserving wildlife in the New York State. Sessions will be held on September 30, October 7, and October 14.

Over the course of three webinars, explore New York State wildlife, their ecological roles, and the threats they face. Sessions are appropriate for anyone interested in learning about wildlife stewardship, from small backyards to large landholdings. Learn how to improve wildlife habitat, reduce conflicts between people and wildlife, set wildlife management goals, and promote wise wildlife stewardship now and for future generations.

Free and open to all, the series will be presented by Dutchess Land Conservancy ecologist Julie Hart, National Wild Turkey Federation wildlife biologist Kaylee Resha, and Cary Institute wildlife biologist Mike Fargione. Sessions will be held on Zoom, from 6:00 – 7:30PM EDT on three consecutive Wednesdays: September 30, October 7, and October 14, 2020. Each session will include ample time for Q&A.

Wildlife Stewardship Workshop Agenda

Session 1: Wildlife Ecology & Management, September 30, 2020

  • Wildlife: An ecological perspective
  • Management plans: why and how to develop one
  • Using trail cameras to identify wildlife 

Session 2: Threats to Wildlife, October 7, 2020

  • Threats to wildlife and their habitats
  • Dealing with invasive plants
  • Managing deer overpopulation via controlled hunting 

Session 3: Living with Wildlife, October 14, 2020 

  • Techniques to enhance wildlife populations
  • Cost-sharing opportunities with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service 
  • Best practices to prevent wildlife damage
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