Readers may or may not realize that there are hundreds of design resources here on The Metropolitan Field Guide. On top of this website is a drop-down menu titled ‘Design Resources’ where you’ll find documents for designing butterfly, bird, bat and other wildlife species habitat categorized by species as well as region. You’ll also find plant lists for wildlife and a variety of other subjects such as adding habitat to golf courses, designing green roofs, rain gardens and wildlife crossings. To bring attention to these amazing downloadable and often free resources, this post marks the beginning of a new series featuring selected resources.
New from the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension comes Reptiles and Amphibians in your backyard and adds a valuable resource to a rather short list of available information about designing for reptiles and amphibians. While the document is aimed specifically at North Carolina herps, it’s none-the-less a good resource for everyone because it covers a lot of general topics about reptiles and amphibians. The document first discusses the general life histories and differences between reptiles and amphibians and what traits they have in common which cause them to be grouped together into the ‘herps’ category. Also discussed are their role in the ecosystem and what parts they play in the lives of other wildlife species as well as how they are key indicators of environmental health.