Local Nature: Create Climate Sanctuary for Backyard Wildlife

With today’s “new abnormal” of drought, heat domes and an extended fire season, our local wildlife and winged migrants are scrambling to adapt. In this program you’ll learn how to create sanctuary in your neighborhoods for reptiles and amphibians, insect pollinators, bats and birds. Many of these animals have seen their natural ranges, migratory routes, seasonal patterns and ability to reproduce come under serious climate threat. We’ll use current climate-change information to design effective backyard wildlife shelters and finish by doing simple DIY projects together with common household materials, and sharing easy and exciting citizen science projects.


Kevin Munroe, Long Island Preserve Director, The Nature Conservancy

Before moving to New York in 2019, Kevin worked as CEO of the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation and later as a land management specialist with SSU’s Center for Environmental Inquiry. In that role, he led several popular public events on grasshoppers and crickets, animals out after dark, and a spring bird-a-thon. Kevin is a field naturalist with a background in ecological restoration, environmental education and biodiversity preservation, and a self-described nature geek, with a special interest in birds and dragonflies.


No previous experience or knowledge is required. This event is recommended for ages 12 and up.

Before the event, a list of materials for the DIY projects will be sent out by email.

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you upon registration. If you have not used Zoom before, please allow time to download and install the application before the event. Please log-in a few minutes early, as it may take more than one attempt if servers are busy.

How to Sign Up

Register at the link below. Each participant should register separately. Registration is free.

About the Center

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.

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Margot Rawlins
Date & Time Registration Link
Tuesday, November, 16, 2021, 2:00pm to 3:00pm