Wildlife University — a series of courses that teaches you how to attract a wide variety of wildlife to your backyard, to a schoolyard, or to an area in your community — starts this week at the Edmonds Public Library.
Seven courses — all at the Edmonds Library — are covered in four weeknights. Each course contains online presentations, down loadable study guides, and recommended activities. The course outline follows:
Tuesday, May 10
Habitat Basics 7-8:30 p.m. Learn concepts that are used throughout the other courses, such as the importance of native plants.
Sustainable Gardening Practices, 7-8:30 p.m., is all about things you can do that are good for your garden and for wildlife. Topics include organic gardening, composting, and water conservation.
Tuesday, May 17
Providing Water for Wildlife, 7-8:30 p.m., teaches you the importance of water for your habitat and identifies easy ways to provide it appropriately.
Providing Places to Raise Young, 7-8:30 p.m. introduces you to the importance of spaces for wildlife to mate and bear young and offers some suggestions for creating these spaces in your habitat.
Tuesday, May 24
Providing Food for Wildlife. 7-8:30 p.m., discusses the food chain and how you can provide food for wildlife species in your area.
Providing Cover for Wildlife, 7-8:30 p.m. gives you practical ways to provide cover and shelter for a variety of different wildlife species throughout the seasons.
Overview of the Backyard Wildlife HabitatTM and Schoolyard Habitats® programs, 7-8:30 p.m. provides you with information about each of these national programs and the resources they can offer as you learn more.
Other topics to be covered included Western Washington Butterfly gardening 101, Bats in our Gardens 101, Bees in our Gardens 101, Carpentry for Critters, Top 25 Birds in our Backyards ID.
This course is free but space is limited. Please register through the Sno-Isle/Edmonds Public library at:
http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp or by phone at 425-771-1933.
The Edmonds Public Library located at 650 Main St, Edmonds, WA