Date: January 9, 2024

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Via ZOOM (link will be sent closer to the event)

The primary threat to biodiversity is habitat loss and degradation. Private residential properties (“yards”) encompass large proportions of urban, suburban, and rural spaces, and are among the most rapidly expanding systems on earth. Yards also represent a conservation opportunity to provide wildlife habitat, support biodiversity, restore ecosystem function and ecosystem services, and increase local opportunities for people to connect with nature.

A “humanity for habitat” stewardship practice aims to inspire and encourage more vigorous participation in conservation actions where people live. Dr. Susannah Lerman will describe opportunities, challenges, and strategies for yard stewardship to facilitate biodiversity-friendly residential landscapes that benefit wildlife and people. 

Dr. Susannah Lerman is a Research Ecologist with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station. Her research assesses how wildlife respond to different management practices, with a focus on birds and bees, and how people interact with nearby nature. Her research emphasis is on private lands, which provide opportunities for the public to participate in science, conservation, and shared stewardship. Her research also assesses how to ensure equitable access to biodiversity. She mentors a diverse and exceptional group of young and early career scholars.

Watch a recording of Susannah’s program here.

Dr. Susannah Lerman