Nearly 85% of Americans live in an urban environment. Increasingly, many wildlife species are also living in urban areas. Providing wildlife habitat in your yard and neighborhood can increase your property values, improve your mental and physical health, and is good for wildlife and pollinator species, among other benefits. This presentation will cover types of wildlife typically found in Madison, and easy, fun, and relatively cheap things you can do to attract wildlife to your yard and area. Free resources about urban wildlife management will be available.
David Drake is a Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research and extension programs primarily focus on wildlife and wildlife damage management in human-dominated landscapes. David also teaches an undergraduate course on wildlife damage management. David received his Ph.D in Forestry from North Carolina State University, a M.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University, and a B.A degree in Biology from Macalester College.