Habitat Landscaping

A Two-Part Webinar on Landscape Design Choices That Support Biodiversity

Thursday, January 21, 2021
9:30am - 12:00pm Eastern Online Event

Habitat Landscaping

January 21, 2021


Discover the fundamentals behind creating gorgeous and beneficial landscapes. Landscape design that includes native plants is not only beautiful and functional, but it also provides a habitat for wildlife. Unfortunately, many of our go-to landscape plants are non-native and have become invasive, reducing local biodiversity (a key component of healthy ecosystems). Research shows managed landscapes that include native species support a higher abundance and diversity of pollinators and birds.

Join us on January 21 and 22 for this two-part online workshop, in which we will explore design choices that include native plant species, the impact that invasive plants play on biodiversity and habitat fragmentation, and how soil conditions influence plant success. Designed for landscape architects and design professionals, this webinar offers LA CEUs (continuing education credits) but is open to all interested in learning about habitat landscaping.

Workshop Fee: $80 per person (non-refundable)

Workshop Schedule (January 21 & 22)

  • 9:30-9:40 a.m. - Participants log into Zoom
  • 9:40-9:50 a.m. - Intro/Welcome and Announcements
  • 9:50-10:50 a.m. - First Presenter
  • 10-minute Break
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Second Presenter
  • 12:00-12:10 p.m. - Wrap Up


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a webinar Zoom link for both parts of this two-part series. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact or 845-278-6738 ext. 222.

For more information and questions, email or

Presented by Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary & Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County


- Soils and Managed Landscapes (9:50-10:50 a.m. - January 21)

Richard K. Shaw, PhD, former NRCS State Soil Scientist and Urban Soils Institute Co-Founder

Rich recently retired after 23 years with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service where he had served as state soil scientist for New Jersey and New York, after leading soil survey efforts in New York City and Northern New Jersey. He had previously worked as a lab technician for the Department of Soils and Crops at Rutgers University, providing technical support for soils-related research. He received his PhD and MS in soil science from Rutgers University and his BSc in natural resource management from the University of Maine. His many publications include: Estimation of Carbon Stocks of Two Cities: New York City and Paris; Promoting Soil Science in the Urban Environment – Partnerships in New York City, NY, USA; and Urban Soil Mapping Through the United States National Cooperative Soil Survey.

- Native Plants in Managed Landscapes (11 a.m.-12 p.m. - January 21)

Bryan Quinn, RLA (CT, PA), One Nature, LLC, an environmentalist company that sells plants, builds landscapes, and provides expert ecological consulting services

Bryan’s lifelong dedication to landscapes and the environment is evident in One Nature’s diverse body of work, including gardens, parks of all sizes, campuses, agricultural land, and urban landscapes. He strives on every project to inspire people through ecological design. Part scientist and part artist, his design methodology is place-based and relies on sensitivity to the particular qualities of place.

- Invasive Species and Ecosystem Impacts (January 22)

Ryan Goolic, Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Manager, Lower Hudson Partnership for Invasive Species Management

In 2017, Ryan received his BS in biology with a minor in environmental studies from The College of New Jersey. While at TCNJ, Ryan spent three years, including two summer experiences, in a forest ecology research lab where he studied the interactions between invasive species, deer, and native plant communities. His capstone focused on the interactions between invasive earthworms, invasive plants, and native plants.

- Habitat Fragmentation and Creating Habitat in the Managed Landscapes (January 22)

Jennifer Lerner, Resource Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County

Through her work with Cornell Cooperative Extension since 2004, Jen has extensive experience with both commercial horticulture and natural resource issues. She attended SUNY Cobleskill and Cornell University, where she got her undergraduate degree in ornamental horticulture in 1987. She has an MSe in science education from University of Buffalo with a focus on changing landscape practices to better support beneficial organisms in managed landscapes and nursery settings. Jen’s current program focus is statewide outreach on invasive forest pests and pollination support, and continuing education for agricultural and horticultural professionals.

John Rowden, Senior Director, Bird-Friendly Communities, National Audubon Society

The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Through the Bird-Friendly Communities conservation strategy, Audubon’s network of chapters, centers, and sanctuaries works to ensure that birds have food, shelter, safe passage, and places to raise their young in communities across the country. And because of the actions we take to help birds, human communities grow stronger, more sustainable, more equitable, and more deeply connected to the joy and healing that nature brings into our lives. John’s publications include: Interacting with Hummingbirds at Home: Associations with Supplemental Feeding, Plant Diversity, Plant Origin, and Landscape Setting.

Blue star. Photo: Will Stuart / Audubon

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