Delaware Nature Society Names Burr Monroe Downstate Backyard Wildlife Habitat Coordinator

April 12, 2012 under CANR News

The Delaware Nature Society has named Burr Monroe its new backyard wildlife habitat coordinator for Kent and Sussex counties. He will be based at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center in Milford.

Monroe graduated from the University of Delaware in 2005, where he majored in wildlife conservation and received a minor in landscape horticulture.

Monroe has nine years experience managing natural resources for residences, municipalities and non-profits.  He has worked on ecological restoration, environmental assessments, stormwater management projects, landscape design, native plant propagation, educational outreach and more.

In addition to his new position at the Delaware Nature Society, Monroe is a restoration ecologist with Tributaries, an ecological consulting firm in Georgetown.  He also has worked for firms in Harbeson, Rehoboth Beach and Santa Barbara, California.

“I am pleased to strengthen our successful Backyard Wildlife Habitat program in Sussex and Kent counties,” says Brian Winslow, executive director of the Delaware Nature Society. “Habitat stewards previously had to travel from New Castle County to serve the needs of downstate residents who wished to certify their properties as backyard habitats.”

“With Burr’s knowledge of native plants and stormwater issues, we will be able to more effectively work with downstate homeowners, businesses and schools to improve habitat for wildlife on their properties. By creating these wildlife habitats we also are improving water quality in the Delaware and Chesapeake bays and their tributaries,” adds Winslow.

A resident of Georgetown, Monroe is an active community volunteer for Delaware Adopt-A-Wetland. When he is able to find the time, he enjoys surfing at the Delaware beaches.

For more information about the Backyard Wildlife Habitat program, downstate residents should contact Monroe at 422-0847 or New Castle County residents should contact Greg Gagliano, 239-2334, ext. 142 or