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Learn All About Pasadena’s Backyard Wildlife on Saturday

Published on Jul 23, 2021

The Pasadena Public Library continues its Pasadena Grows virtual education series on Saturday, July 24, centering on Backyard Wildlife – what creatures are coming into your yard, why they come, and what you can do to deter them.

Dana Stangel, Executive Director of Teranga Ranch, will show that wildlife is a fact of life when it comes to backyards and gardens in this region.

Stangel, a credentialed Biology teacher, is the founder of Teranga Ranch, based in Sunland, a wildlife education organization that educates Californians about local wildlife and teaches them how to coexist.

The nonprofit goes to schools and community meetings when there is an issue like coyotes. Teranga ranch staff and volunteers hand out hazing devices at these meetings and discuss humane alternatives to poison, traps and guns. They also teach community classes about local wildlife and present workshops, as well as provide opportunities for anyone to get outside and involve themselves with wildlife, nature and science.

Stangel also sits in the Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council, where she’s chair of the Animal Issues Committee. She helps the community understand the issues of pets and wildlife and organizes people to help out with these issues.

The Animal Issues Committee meets monthly to discuss the local animal situation. Stangel and the committee often arrange for a guest speaker to discuss animal abuse, mountain lions, dog training and the LA shelter system.

Saturday’s virtual workshop is from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon and is free to attend.

For more information, call (626) 744-4066 or visit and click the July 24 tab.

The event will be on Zoom. A link to the virtual platform will be sent to your email after you sign up.

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