Meet Sandy, “the Deer Doctor”

Sandy Baker began instructing and consulting on deer-proofing gardens in the 1990s. The opportunity arose naturally through her leadership role in an education-focused wildlife organization where she became sensitive to people’s need for state-of-the-art information.

Sandy’s professional ( organization/board leaderships, presentation credentials) and personal (life-long organic gardener, past retail greenhouse/nursery owner) experience along with ongoing research opportunities keep her material fresh and current. She has co-authored several articles and authored the guidebook “How to Deer-Proof Your Garden in Five Easy Steps.”

In her capacity as consultant to the Humane Society of the United States, Sandy has presented deer-proofing seminars, educational programs and backyard consultations.

More about Sandy’s Work


Buffalo Environmental Law School International Symposium
Rochester Museum and Science Center: Living With Wildlife

Consultant to state arboretum

“How to Deer-Proof Your Garden” presentations
  • Seminars: Maryland, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, Wisonsin
  • Garden Shows: Rochester GardenScape, Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show, Buffalo Home and Garden Show
  • Buffalo Master Gardeners, Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Presidents, Upstate NY Chapter, Federation of Garden Clubs
  • Numerous other garden clubs, public libraries, nature centers and town halls

How to Deer-Proof Your Garden in five Easy Steps © (2003)

S. Baker & R. Matwyshen, Seven Steps to Achieving a Genuine Public Consensus on an Emotional Issue: With Specific Examples of How Citizens’ Task Forces Have Sometimes Failed, 5 Buffalo Environmental Law Journal 410-419 (1998)

S. Baker & J. Fritsch, New Territory for Deer Management: Human Conflicts on the Suburban Frontier, 25 Wildlife Society Bulletin 404-407 (1997)

Wildlife Leadership

Consultant, Humane Society of the United States 2004-2009
President, Monroe County Alliance for Wildlife Protection  1992-Present
Representative, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation DMU 96 Task Force 1995, 1996
Board Member, Irondequoit Deer Action Committee 1991
Trustee, Helmer Nature Center 1987, 1988

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