[PCA] [Webinar recording]: Finding Common Ground: Managing Vacant Lots for Birds and People in St. Louis (original airdate November 18)

De Angelis, Patricia patricia_deangelis at fws.gov
Tue Dec 3 11:37:56 CST 2019

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TITLE: Finding Common Ground: Managing Vacant Lots for Birds and People in
St. Louis
59 minutes)

Sebastian Moreno, PhD candidate, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Drew Mallinak, Social Science Apprentice, Sierra Institute for Community
and Environment

What's it about?
Over the last few decades, many cities across the US have developed vacancy
issues. The neighborhoods of Baden and Wells-Goodfellow have the largest
concentration of vacant lots in St. Louis, MO. Our research aimed to
address the following questions: How do the existing patterns of vacant
lots in these neighborhoods affect bird diversity? How can vacant lot
management interventions in St. Louis impact the avian community while also
addressing storm water, flooding, and conservation issues?

At the same time, the Green City Coalition has set forth goals to
create wildlife
habitat and increase green stewardship through increased access tonature
for local residents. Working in these neighborhoods have shown, first hand,
that residents care about where they live and are willing to accept a
positive change in their community in order to address social issues while
being able to connect to nature.

During this webinar you will learn the results of our research and discover the
importance of transforming vacant lots to address both ecological and social
issues. We hope this provides a window into the imperative practice of
urban greening with consideration to its residents.

This webinar is brought to you by the National Conservation Training Center
(NCTC) in collaboration with the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program
(UWCP), sponsored by the Urban Bird Treaty Program (UBT Program).

The UWCP webinar series is a resource for conservation professionals (i.e.,
biologists, educators, communicators, interpreters,
law enforcement officers, and natural resource managers) in the U.S. Fish
and WIldlife Service and in partner organizations who seek innovative
community-based solutions for wildlife conservation.

Recordings of previous UWCP webinars can be found in the NCTC Video Gallery at:
The Urban Wildlife Conservation Program Webinar Series:
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