Backyard Ecology Exploring Nature in Your Backyard
Exploring Nature in Your Backyard


Why is Backyard Ecology Important?

Many people believe that nature is only “out there” – in national parks, other large chunks of pristine land, or some far-off exotic place. For a long time, I did too. But the truth is that nature is everywhere and there are still plenty of discoveries to be made about the common species inhabiting our yards and communities.

We have the opportunity, as individuals and as communities, to make valuable contributions to the local ecosystems and to a better understanding of the organisms that share our yards and communities. This is especially true in the eastern U.S. where the vast majority of land is privately owned. But before we can do any of that, we have to value and appreciate the nature right outside our doors. Backyard Ecology strives to foster that appreciation while creating a place where we can learn about the plants and animals that share our communities and how to improve our local pollinator and wildlife habitat.

Who am I?

Hi, my name is Shannon Trimboli, and I am the host of Backyard Ecology. I live in southcentral Kentucky and am a wildlife biologist, environmental educator, author, and owner of a nursery specializing in plants for pollinators and wildlife conservation. I have always loved exploring nature and learning about different plants and animals.

Over the years, I have become completely enamored and fascinated by the plants and animals that are found in our yards and local communities. No longer do I believe that the really exciting and interesting organisms only live someplace else. Now I’m even more intrigued by the tiny native bees, Carolina wrens, tiger swallowtails, and many other animals that inhabit our property, than I am by the exotic creatures that inhabit far off lands. I’m also continually amazed by some of the seemingly basic pieces of information that we don’t know about the plants and animals that live around us. Just because they are common, doesn’t mean we know everything about them.

Bicolored sweat bee foraging on a cup plant in my garden.

In addition to my love of learning about plants and animals, I also have a passion for teaching and sharing my love of nature with others. Backyard Ecology is one of the many ways that I have chosen to express that passion. I invite you to join me as we ignite our curiosity and natural wonder, explore our yards and communities, and improve our local pollinator and wildlife habitat.

I also give presentations and classes on a variety of topics related to native plants, pollinators, and wildlife. More information about these opportunities or how to book me to give a presentation to your group can be found at