Dec 282011
Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens Post:: 5 Wildlife Gardening Resources for the Pacific Northwest

This is an excerpt from my latest post at the Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens blog. Click the link below to visit the full post. Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest It seems that any time I talk with somebody about landscaping for wildlife or make a book recommendation, this is the first one I mention. There is simply no better book for this region, and in fact this book contains information useful for nearly every region when it comes to wildlife landscaping. There is not a single wasted page in this book and it’s packed full of valuable …continue reading

Sep 132010
Landscape for Wildlife Resources

Now at The Metropolitan Field Guide you can find Landscape for Wildlife resources and documents. Simply use the ‘Pages’ drop-down menu and navigate to ‘Landscape for Wildlife‘ and click the main page to see resources for all regions, or select your region to find resources by state. All of the documents are from university extensions, cities or other organizations and are designed to help with wildlife specific to that region. Among the documents are guides for designing schoolyard habitat, attracting wildlife to backyards, using snags, fencing, ponds and many more topics. Use it as a companion to the ‘Regional Plants …continue reading

Aug 232010
Foragings:: The latest news, resources, designs and more

Interesting Nature The Beauty of Insect Eggs:: From the latest issue of National Geographic shows a fascinating side of insect eggs, through a microscope. The details of these structures are simply amazing. Ladybug:: Also from National Geographic, this profile of our aphid-fighting friend highlights some fascinating facts such as there are over 5,000 species worldwide. News Kingfisher hatchlings prove success of Cambridgeshire’s ‘bird hotel’:: From the Guardian newspaper comes this article and fabulous photos of a brood of kingfishers being raised in an artificial structure designed partly for kingfishers but also for sand martins. Ducklings hatch in Hamilton High courtyard:: …continue reading

Aug 132010
New Regional Plant List Resources

Now you can find plant lists for wildlife for each region, and most states in the US, right here on The Metropolitan Field Guide. Just use the ‘Pages’ drop-down menu on the top of this page and go down to ‘Regional Plant Lists’. There you will find lists that cover the US as a whole along with links to the regions. Or just click directly on the region from the drop-down menu and find plants for birds, butterflies, bees and other wildlife for your state and even specific county in some cases. See anything missing that you know about? Send …continue reading

Aug 062010
Stone Walls for Wildlife

Retaining walls are a fact of life for many landscapes, even those with only a slight slope. The majority of walls however, are constructed as a flat surface, stones bound together with mortar which don’t serve any benefit to wildlife. Stone walls however, can be quite beneficial for wildlife if designed and constructed correctly. Even if a retaining wall isn’t needed, rock shelters could be constructed in a similar manner. A rock wall, with crevices between the rocks add additional places for plants to grow and places for a variety of wildlife to take refuge in from the weather, predators, and …continue reading

Jul 282010
Book Review:: an obsession with butterflies, our long love affair with a singular insect

An Obsession With Butterflies: Our Long Love Affair With A Singular Insect by Sharman Apt Russell, is an excellent book for learning about the life history of butterflies from egg through adult. I was a bit disappointed based on my expectation from the description of the book. I was looking for more information about the connection between humans and butterflies through folklore, art, literature, natural history and collecting. While those tidbits are sprinkled throughout the book, the majority of the work is following the life cycle of butterflies in great detail. However, both of the elements covered in the book …continue reading