Backyard trees can provide so much more than just shade in the summer. But sometimes knowing which species to plant can be a challenge. Tune in to learn more about specific species and the habitats in which they thrive, to benefit not only you, the homeowner, but the neighboring wildlife as well. Free to the public. Sponsored by the Friends of Wildwood. Lectures will be held in-person only.
Michael McGraw is a Senior Wildlife Biologist and Ecologist with over 20 years of experience studying, designing, and monitoring ecological restoration projects. Michael’s passion and deepest interests in the natural world are tied to wildlife – specifically reptiles, amphibians, and birds – and how these animals rely on and interact with the plant communities within which they inhabit. Earning his Bachelor of Science at Drexel University and his Master of Environmental Biology at University of Pennsylvania, Michael has stayed connected to academia as a teacher, currently teaching Ornithology in the MES program at UPenn and Northeastern Woodland Ecosystems course for the Master of Landscape Architecture program at Temple University. Michael’s favorite projects are performing ecological studies to inform natural areas and park master planning and conducting grassland bird research on working lands to facilitate conservation of these rare animals while feeding an ever-growing global population. Mike also conducts owl research through Willistown Conservation Trust where he also serves on the Board of Trustees. Michael’s most rewarding job above all else is being daddy to his three amazing daughters.
Carla Eissing started out as the PA Grassroots Field Specialist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation 6 years ago shortly after graduating from Shippensburg University with a BS in Geography/Human-Environmental Studies. She’s currently the Grassroots Manager and focuses on building programs and activities aimed at educating and engaging the public on watershed issues, sustainability, and advocating for good environmental policies. Carla grew up along the banks of the Delaware River in eastern PA but now calls the Susquehanna River home, and in her spare time enjoys kayaking, hiking, gardening, and going on adventures.
Kristen Hoke has been a Restoration Specialist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for 9 years. Prior to her position with CBF, she worked as the Nutrient Management Specialist for the Cumberland County Conservation District. She has also worked in private consulting for geo-technical and environmental engineering & consulting firms. Kristen grew up on a small dairy farm in Cumberland County, PA and has a love for agriculture! In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and hiking, camping, and when time allows, reading.