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Virtual Event: Supporting Native Wildlife in Our Backyard Urban Forest

Virtual Event:  Supporting Native Wildlife in Our Backyard Urban Forest

Join us for a virtual discussion on how you can help the conservation of the Fells through “gardening with Fells natives” in your own backyard, hosted by Dr. Randi Rotjan, professor of biology at Boston University and member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Fells.

Supporting Native Wildlife in Our Backyard Urban Forest

When:  Thursday, June 11, 2020
7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)



In these unprecedented times, so many of us have found solace and comfort in the nature of our own backyards and our nearby natural spaces. The Middlesex Fells is one of the largest urban forests in the world, surrounded by 5 cities and towns and a high residential density. But this critical forest is fighting a slow and hard battle as our backyard plantings slowly creep into the wild and displace native plants and animals. We can help restore and sustain the Fells for them – and for ourselves – by what we plant in our backyards, front yards, balconies, front steps, and roofdecks. Learn how to make some simple tweaks or additions to your garden this summer to benefit wildlife, and as a result make our world a healthier place for all. 

Dr. Randi Rotjan is a Research Assistant Professor of Biology at Boston University. With training at Cornell, Tufts, and Harvard, Rotjan is a professional marine ecologist with a hobbyist passion for forests and the role they play in watershed health. She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications in marine ecology and has shared her research with the public through platforms such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and NPR. In addition to her professional work with organizations such as the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, Explorers Club, Smithsonian and W2O (Women Working for Oceans), she is on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Fells, and The Nature Conservancy – Caribbean. Most importantly, she and her husband are the parents of two sweet children who they are trying to raise to be responsible stewards of the planet (and specifically the forests) by setting examples in their own home and yard.

Photo credit: Cydney Scott, BU

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