City Backyard Science (CBS) is led by graduate students John Benning and Amanda Gorton, both advised by Professor David Moeller. We have two awesome collaborators, Bianca Lopez (post-doc at SESYNC) and Clemon Dabney (graduate student at UMN), as well.
The basic idea for CBS was conceived based on a few observations:
- Habitat is declining for native insect and plant communities, largely due to development
- Urban backyards with sufficient resources can attract lots of different native insects
- There is plenty of space to grow native plants in cities, but most of that space is covered by (boring) lawn grasses
- Kids have few opportunities for hands on long-term engagement with science and nature
We successfully applied for a UMN Institute on the Environment Mini Grant, and started the project in spring 2019. We have a dozen households participating in this pilot year, but hope to expand the program in future years.