Carolina Backyard Naturalist – Free Online Course

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Registration is now open for the free online course, Carolina Backyard Naturalist, which will provide a foundation for understanding the biodiversity and ecology of North Carolina.

Increasing urbanization, habitat loss, climate change, invasive species, water pollution, and other factors threaten the function and viability of ecosystems across North Carolina. Improving residents’ understanding of their natural environment is critical to its protection and enhancement.

N.C. Cooperative Extension, in conjunction with other government agencies and universities, presents a 14-week, online webinar series open to anyone interested in learning about the biodiversity, ecosystems, and conservation efforts in North Carolina.

Webinars are held most Wednesdays, 6–8 p.m., from September 2 to December 16, 2020. Topics include the climate and climate change, geology and soils of North Carolina; botany and plant ecology; entomology and insect ecology; mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians of North Carolina; stream ecology, principles of conservation, and invasive species.

For a complete schedule, class descriptions, and registration instructions, visit: