AgriLife Extension to present Urban Wildlife Series in San Antonio

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu

Contact: Dr. Maureen Frank, 830-278-9151, mgfrank@tamu.edu

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the agency’s Bexar County Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will present an Urban Wildlife Series at the AgriLife Extension offices in San Antonio.

Classes will be from 10 a.m.-noon in Suite 212 of the Conroy Square office complex, 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive.

Cost is $25 for the entire series or $10 per class, payable at the door. The registration deadline is June 2. To reserve a spot, contact Denise Perez at the AgriLife Extension office at 210-631-0400 or dsperez@ag.tamu.edu.

Birds such as the golden-cheeked warbler (shown here) are among the types of urban wildlife to be found in Texas. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The classes will also be available online for those unable to attend. To participate online, pay the registration fee in advance and provide Perez with an email address. A link and password will be sent to the email address, allowing real-time online participation or the ability to view the recorded program.

Presenters for the classes will be Dr. Maureen Frank, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Uvalde, and Jessica Alderson, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department urban biologist, San Antonio.

Dates, topics and presenters will be:

— June 8, Local Resources and Tools for Wildlife Identification and Management, Frank and Alderson.

— June 29, Appreciating Backyard Wildlife, Alderson.

— July 11, Urban Nuisance Wildlife, Alderson.

— July 25, Snakes and Other Reptiles, Frank.

— Aug. 8, Managing for Songbirds, Frank.

“When some people hear ‘wildlife’ they think first of animals in rural and remote areas or state and national parks,” Frank said. “However, many wildlife species have adapted to areas with high-density human populations and can be found right in urban and suburban backyards.”

She said the goal of the series is to help urban and suburban residents become more familiar with their local wildlife and how to interact in a way that is healthy for the wildlife, ecosystem and human communities.

“This series will cover a broad range of topics and also provide attendees with resources to get more information about those that are most interesting to them,” she said.

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