Backyard Habitat

 
 

Planting for the Birds Fact Sheet

What is the easiest way to attract birds? Put a feeder out and hope they will show up? Yes, that does attract birds. Imagine, though, what would happen if you planted trees and shrubs specifically for the birds? Not only would your yard benefit from the shade, erosion prevention, seasonal color, and aesthetic value, but birds and wildlife can reap many rewards as well.

 

Tips for a Sustainable Yard fact sheet

Sustainable gardening goes hand-in-hand with enhancing wildlife habitat in the yard. Gather ideas from this fact sheet for your own yard, from improving soil health to adding a rain garden.

 
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Plants that Attract Bees fact sheet

Take this list with you when shopping for your pollinator plants! This fact sheet lists both native and non-native plants and describes the planting configurations that are attractive to bees.

 

Garden for Wildlife Website | National Wildlife Federation

Wildlife needs our help. Human activity has changed and eliminated habitat, locally, and on the global scale, and birds, butterflies and other wildlife are pushed into ever-shrinking wilderness areas.

You can make a difference. You can invite wildlife back to your own yard and neighborhood by planting a simple garden that provides habitat. Imagine your garden teeming with singing songbirds, colorful butterflies, flitting hummingbirds, and other small wildlife.

 
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Backyard Ponds

An enticing habitat for birds and amphibians will include many different insects. Creating a pond for dragonflies will attract insects you might not otherwise attract to your yard. Download “Backyard Ponds: Guidelines for Creating and Managing Habitat for Dragonflies and Damselflies” from the Xerces Society and learn about creating and maintaining a healthy pond habitat.

 
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Woodworking Projects for Backyard Wildlife

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s “Living with Wildlife” website contains a wealth of information about our local wildlife, how to attract wildlife to your yard, as well as how to prevent conflicts with animals such as deer and raccoons. One particularly helpful page provides instructions for how to construct nesting and roosting boxes appropriate for different species of birds and bats. Check it out for winter project ideas!

 

Increase your Backyard Bounty Fact Sheet

If you have ever tried to grow or maintain anything green here in Western Washington, at one time it has sadly probably died on you. Let’s be honest, shall we? It’s a rite of passage for the flower, fruit or vegetable gardener to accidentally have a plant not make it, or have your prized blueberries not produce much, or have most of the zucchini flowers fall off, leaving you with only a few puny zukes. Sometimes it’s the weather, and sometimes it’s us.