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What steps should landscape maintenance workers take to protect wildlife, follow relevant laws, and get their work done? Are there ways to design landscapes that attract desirable wildlife without creating unsafe conditions? Landscapers and designers generally want to act responsibly but can be unaware of laws and best practices to navigate these complicated topics. The Tree Care for Birds and Other Wildlife program of the Western Chapter ISA created Best Management Practices, specifically designed to be used by a broader audience of landscapers across North America. Ryan will share the collaborative and interdisciplinary process involving a diverse group of experts from the wildlife and landscape communities. While not every question can be answered, Ryan will share key elements from the Wildlife BMPs, other resources, and his experience to keep an important start tackling these complex questions.
1. Explore a model for multi-disciplinary collaboration and resources available.
2. Be aware of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and how landscape workers may violate it.
3. Risks to birds and other wildlife to explore and plan for before inviting wildlife into landscapes
Ryan Gilpin is the Principal Consultant at Nidus Consulting in Portland, Oregon. Before becoming an arborist, Ryan’s background was in conservation and ecology with degrees in Environmental Biology and International Nature Conservation. Ryan is chair of Tree Care for Birds, regularly trains arborists in working responsibly around wildlife, and leads tree and bird walks in the Portland area. Ryan is co-author of two Best Management Practices: WCISA's Tree Care for Birds BMPs and ISA’s Managing Tree During Construction BMPs.