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Native Plant Landscaping & urban wildlife | Noriko Smallwood study presentation on Zoom

October 20, 2021

[Posted by Chuck Almdale]

Doing this study during the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic was not easy for Noriko Smallwood, but determination and energy got her through. I know this first hand, as our yard was one of her many study sites. Occasionally we’d peek out our window and spot her skulking around, counting birds and insects, especially our enormous numbers of harmless hover flies and delightful small native bees.

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The Influence of native plant landscaping on urban wildlife in Southern California residential yards
Noriko Smallwood and Dr. Eric Wood | LASMMCNPS website | 12 Oct 2021

Noriko begins her program about 7 minutes in, and Q&A follows at the end.

From her introduction to the Zoom presentation on the website of the Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains chapter of the California Native Plant Society:

For my master’s research, I quantified the importance of native yards to wildlife throughout L.A. by comparing birds and insects in 22 native and 22 paired non-native yards. Additionally, I investigated the drivers behind these patterns and identified particular plants that were used by birds in greater proportion than their availability, indicating preference. In this presentation, I will share the results of my study and will provide recommendations for wildlife-friendly landscaping.

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Website of the Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains chapter of the California Native Plant Society

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