Pocket gophers, rabbits, ground squirrels, mice and birds — horticulture program coordinator in Greenlee County Bill Cook has dealt with ravenous rodents and more. Garden judgment and planning can help solve vertebrate pest challenges in Arizona, but you might be surprised to learn the law protects some vertebrate animals causing problems in gardens and landscapes.

Learn more at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 5 during a one-hour free webinar where Cook explains how to manage vertebrate pest damage and when it is appropriate to apply control strategies.

Free weekly online forums hosted by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Gila County don’t require pre-registration. Guests are welcome login up to 10 minutes before the programs begin at

An easy, convenient way to connect is via “click here” direct hotlinks at, where you can also view dozens of prior Thursday webinar topics ranging from soil preparation to winter gardening, container gardening and more.

University of Arizona Gila County Cooperative Extension Agent Chris Jones hosts the popular series and Cooperative Extension’s website has an array of links to programs, talks and resources. Links are also conveniently posted each week on Facebook, where you can join Jones and a network of Gila County gardeners at To be added to an email invite list for these gardening and horticulture workshops call Jones at 928-402-8586 or email

Cook has operated a small nursery and greenhouse business from home for the last 12 years, doing custom propagation and specializing in heirloom fruit and vegetable plants. His background includes cotton farming, golf course maintenance, landscape design and installation.

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