Landscaping for Wildlife (Paul Franklin)

By Bob Farley. The combination of phlox, columbine, mayapple, and Canadian ginger is lovely in a shady woodland garden. When everything is planted and established, there is nothing to do but kick back in the hammock, relax and watch the wildlife in your yard.

Class policy: Pre-registration for our classes is required as space is limited. Please do not show up to class if you did not register ahead. Please, no pets in the classroom—only service animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability are welcome. Thanks!

Landscaping for Wildlife

Learn how to make your yard more inviting for birds, pollinators, and other wildlife, and the importance of planting native species with Paul Franklin for this new, one-day workshop. In addition to being a master birder, Paul has years of experience in landscaping, from small private yards to city landscapes.

Materials: Handouts will be provided by the instructor. No textbook is required for this workshop.

Where and when do we meet? Class will meet at our Birmingham offices on Saturday, March 2nd, at 9 a.m. with a break for lunch followed by an optional afternoon trip to Petals from the Past in Jemison, where they have a great selection of native plants. Our office is located on the second floor of 3720 Fourth Avenue South. (Ample and well-lit parking is available in back, just behind Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ, the former Saigon Noodle House.)

Cost:  Your one-time registration fee ($50/members; $75/non-members) covers the cost of the workshop, and participants are not required to join the afternoon trip.

Questions? Email the Outreach & Communications Director, or call 205-719-3678.

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Instructor: A lifelong birder, Paul Franklin has taught birding courses at UAB, Samford University, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and other institutions since 1987. As an active member of Birmingham Audubon, Paul has served as chairman of the Field Trips and Conservation committees, volunteered as a bird-count compiler, and fulfilled two terms as president of the organization. Among other accomplishments, he has conducted Breeding Bird Survey routes for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, held a Master Bird Bander license, and acted as the state’s primary ornithologist during the development of the Alabama Birding Trail.