Backyard Ecology Community

Confidently create and maintain your pollinator and wildlife habitat.

Do you ever wish there was a place you could go to…

🌱 get help figuring out how to attract more pollinators and wildlife to your property in a way that that is aesthetically pleasing and works with the other ways your family wants to use your land?

🌱 find encouragement and support when your habitat or pollinator project doesn’t go the way you planned, you’re struggling with a stubborn invasive species, or run up against a challenging situation?

🌱 get answers to questions that you don’t even know you have, while bouncing around ideas and supporting others who are trying to do similar things?

🌱 share interesting plants, insects, or other animals that you find with others who are just as excited as you about what you found?

🌱 just generally geek out about nature?

Your wish has been answered!

As a member of the Backyard Ecology Community you will…

🦋 Save time, money, and frustration by not having to figure it all out by yourself.

  • You’ll have direct access to experts and other community members who are also creating, maintaining, and improving pollinator and wildlife habitat on their properties.

🦋 Avoid overwhelm and information overload by getting answers to your questions as they relate to your property.

  • Receive customized and personalized guidance that is tailored for your unique property, skills, time, finances, and other resources. That’s something you can’t get scanning websites, reading books, or watching videos because it requires getting to know you.

🦋 Gain inspiration and motivation to take action.

  • Discover easy, but effective, ways to create habitat and a thriving ecosystem on your property.
  • Find inspiration in the stories and experiences shared by other members.
  • Get motivated by sharing your habitat goals and being encouraged to achieve them.

🦋 Confidently create, improve, and expand your pollinator and wildlife habitat.

  • Obtain the knowledge, skills, and techniques to confidently think through the process, weigh your options, and implement your plan.
  • If you run up against a problem or challenge, just ask and you’ll receive customized and personalized answers and guidance.

🦋 Be surrounded by a community of fellow nature lovers and Backyard Ecologists.

  • Everyone in the Backyard Ecology Community is there to celebrate your successes, brainstorm with you, provide encouragement, and support you throughout your habitat creation journey.
  • We look forward to you being there for us in the same ways.

What our members have to say…

I used to think I only had two options for creating my dream native backyard. One option was to spend thousands of dollars for a professional to do it for me. The other was to spend thousands of hours teaching myself and making lots of mistakes along the way. Then, I found the Backyard Ecology Community. The Community’s unique combination of comprehensive instruction with direct access to professionals with 25+ years of experience and the accountability of a community has empowered me to achieve my dream backyard more quickly and economically than I previously thought possible. ~ Amanda

The Backyard Ecology Community is for you, if you….

🌱 live in the eastern U.S.

🌱 want your property to look nice while also attracting and supporting local pollinators and wildlife.

🌱 dream of creating habitat and a thriving ecosystem on your property, not just another garden.

🌱 struggle with figuring out how to apply everything you’ve read or watched about habitat creation to your specific location and situation.

🌱 feel frustrated and overwhelmed from trying to do everything by yourself.

🌱 wish you could have ongoing mentoring, coaching, and support from experts and others who are doing all the things you dream of doing.

🌱 are tired of generic, cookie-cutter solutions that never seem quite “right” for your situation.

What’s included:

🦋 A private, members-only forum where you can post questions, share successes and challenges, geek out about nature, and interact with others who share your interests and desires without the hassle and toxicity of traditional social media.

🦋 2 monthly events where we provide a bite-sized lesson about a topic relevant to that month, answer questions about your pollinator and wildlife habitat projects, and facilitate group discussions.

  • Recordings are available for those who can’t make a live event.

🦋 The ability to request an Opportunity Seat where we dive deep into a specific challenge you are facing and help you develop a plan and course of action.

  • An hour long, private, virtual habitat consultation or coaching session costs roughly as much as an annual membership and the private session wouldn’t include the ongoing support provided through the forum and monthly events.

🦋 Direct access to us.

  • We are members of the community too and are actively involved in the community – answering your questions, teaching, mentoring, coaching, and sharing our own stories, experiences, and wisdom.

🦋 Opportunity to make new friends and help others who are on similar ecological journeys.

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What our members have to say…

I have access to lots of people who have plant knowledge, but it is really nice to have a source of people who are thinking about the plants as part of an ecosystem and not just a garden. Every time I participate in the Backyard Ecology Community, I go away with a piece of information that I didn’t know before. ~ Sue Ann

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Membership fees:

Quarterly Membership

(3 months at $42 / month)

Annual Membership

(Get 2 months free.)

What our members have to say…

Exploring concepts and plant life, all while connecting with individuals who share my interest in ecology, has been a transformative experience. This community has not only nurtured my personal growth but has also instilled a profound appreciation for the natural world. The ability to share the beauty of the outdoors has been a powerful source of motivation for me. ~ Adam


🍄 Why should I join the Backyard Ecology Community?

It’s been shown that community support is invaluable when it comes to making positive changes in personal habits and practices. That’s just as true for engaging with nature and taking meaningful ecological actions in our yards and communities as it is for exercising, losing weight, or quitting smoking.

When you become a member of the Backyard Ecology Community, you gain that support. You are able to tap into the expertise and experiences of other nature lovers and Backyard Ecologists who, like you, are working towards making their yards and communities more ecologically friendly and sustainable.

As a member of the Backyard Ecology Community, you are no longer alone. You have a whole community supporting you, encouraging you, and helping you accomplish your goals.

🍄 How is this different from a private Facebook or other social media group?

Have you noticed that in many social media groups…

😒 topics are polarized?

😒 all you seem to get are overly simplified, generic, cookie-cutter, or one-size-fits-all approaches?

😒 you never know who is giving you advice or what level of expertise they may have?

😒 no one really listens to each other or tries to have a real conversation?

Are you tired of it? Does all the unnecessary drama leave you feeling drained and not very interested in participating in those groups anymore? If so, we get it. We’ve noticed and are tired of it too. That’s why we’re doing something different.

We’ve chosen to create the Backyard Ecology Community off Facebook and other traditional social media platforms because we want to provide a supportive place where we can have real conversations and feel comfortable asking each other for help without all the drama that often comes with Facebook groups or other traditional social media platforms.

Check out this short article for a more in-depth discussion of some of the specific ways this community is different from a private Facebook group.

🍄 What if I’m just getting started and don’t know much about native plants or creating pollinator and wildlife habitat?

That’s ok, and you’re not alone. Everybody started out at the beginning at some point in their journey and none of us know everything. We believe that curiosity, an open mind, and a willingness to learn are the perfect tools for success no matter what your experience level is.

🍄 How much time will this take?

The community is very laid back. You can invest as much or as little time in forum discussions and attend as many or as few of the live events as you like. (All of our live events are held at 7:00 p.m. CT / 8:00 p.m. ET to allow the greatest number of members to attend.)

Obviously, the more you engage and participate in the various opportunities, the more you will get out of the community. But you get to choose the level of engagement that is right for you at this moment in time.

🍄 Will the live events be recorded?

All of our live events are held at 7:00 p.m. CT / 8:00 p.m. ET to allow the greatest number of members to attend. However, we also recognize that other things come up and you may not be able to make every event. That’s why the main part of the live events will be recorded, but not any breakout rooms that we may go into for smaller discussions. The recordings will be available for one month after the live event.

🍄 What if I have another question?

Ask and we’ll be happy to answer your question.

What we ask of our members:

🦋 Come with an open mind. Your solutions and balancing points may be different than someone else’s, and that’s ok.

🦋 Be willing to participate in the activities, including engaging in the member forum, to the extent that you are able and feel comfortable doing so.

🦋 Share your knowledge and experiences with other members of the group. We all know something that someone else doesn’t and we all benefit when everyone shares what we know.

What our members have to say…

What sets Shannon and Anthony apart is that they are not only good at their chosen career, they’re passionate about their chosen careers. For me, the biggest benefit has been guidance in the many directions you can go. I keep trying to make this way too hard and they keep coming up with easier ways to do it and encouraging me to focus so I get more done. ~ Darrell

Meet your hosts:

We are Shannon and Anthony Trimboli. We live in southcentral Kentucky and are life-long nature lovers. Shannon has an M.S. in Ecology and a B.S. in wildlife biology. Anthony has an M.S. in Agriculture and a B.S. in wildlife biology.

We are passionate about sharing our love of nature with others. We enjoy inspiring people to form their own connections with nature and then take action to create their own natural oases.

In addition to hosting Backyard Ecology, we operate a small native plant nursery and habitat consulting business for pollinators and wildlife. Shannon has also written multiple books and we both give presentations and keynotes focused on the topics we cover through Backyard Ecology.

Like you, we are also actively working on and managing our property to attract pollinators and wildlife. So, we understand all the excitement, challenges, frustrations, and celebrations that come with trying to create functioning ecosystems on your property because we’re experiencing the same things. We bring all of those experiences and the knowledge gained from them to the Backyard Ecology where we are both actively involved as members as well as experts and leaders.

Confidently create and maintain your pollinator and wildlife habitat.

Become a member of the Backyard Ecology Community today and say good-by to…

🌱 trying to figure it all out on your own,

🌱 feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by information overload, and

🌱 struggling with generic, cookie-cutter solutions that never seem quite “right” for your situation.

Backyard Ecology’s Guiding Principles:

🦋 Curiosity: Nature is fun, interesting, and worth exploring. We will never know everything. Answers lead to more questions. That’s half the fun.

🦋 Balanced: You don’t have to choose. You can support nature AND the lifestyle you desire.

🦋 Science informed: Habitat creation and management should be based on the latest scientific research available.

🦋 Stewardship: Anyone can make a positive difference in the natural world and leave an ecological legacy on their property.