Lori Vanover

Lori Vanover

location-pin Waukesha, Wisconsin

School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003

Expertise: Birding, gardening

Lori Vanover

  • Certified as a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener
  • Writer and editor for Birds & Blooms, Country magazine, Farm & Ranch Living magazine, Milwaukee Home & Fine Living magazine and Welcome Home magazine.
  • Gary Reynolds Excellence Award in Agricultural Journalism, 2003
  • Northern Illinois Newspapers Association award for headline writing, 2005
  • Suburban Newspapers of America awards, Best Real Estate or Homes Publication, Niche Product, and Best Homes Publication or Homes Special Edition, 2006


Lori has 20 years of experience writing and editing home, garden, birding and lifestyle content for several publishers. As Birds & Blooms senior digital editor, she leads a team of writers and editors sharing birding tips and expert gardening advice. Since joining Trusted Media Brands 13 years ago, she has held roles in digital and print, editing magazines and books, curating special interest publications, managing social media accounts, creating digital content and newsletters, and working with the Field Editors—Birds & Blooms network of more than 50 backyard birders. Passionate about animals and nature, Lori has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Environmental Communications from the University of Illinois. In 2023, she became certified as a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener, and she is a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and sits on the organization's Publications Advisory Committee. She frequently checks on her bird feeders while working from home and tests new varieties of perennials, herbs and vegetable plants in her ever-growing backyard gardens.


Bachelor of Science degree, Agricultural and Environmental Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Birds and Blooms Editorial Policies

For almost three decades, Birds & Blooms has been inspiring outdoor enthusiasts to have a lifelong love of birding, gardening and nature. We are the #1 bird and garden magazine in North America and a trusted online resource for anyone who enjoys the beauty in their backyard and beyond. In addition to our staff of experienced gardeners and bird-watchers, we hire individuals who have years of education and hands-on experience with birds, bird feeding, gardening, butterflies, bugs and more. Our content is written by trusted journalists and fact-checked by bird and garden pros for accuracy.


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