This was originally was published on Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens.
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 information including everything from making a pond, choosing the right plants and building bat houses. One aspect of this book which puts it a head above the others is explaining why these design elements are important by explaining plant succession, wildlife populations and structural diversity. It covers…
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 for Wildlife‘ resources as many of them go together.
If you see something missing, use the contact form to let me know and I’ll happily add it.
The next big upcoming resource…
- 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.
- 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:: This is a great story about wildlife habitat at a high school and when the duck decided to lay eggs in a courtyard on the other side of the building, the students and faculty made a living fence through the building to the other courtyard with…
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 it to me using the contact form, also found on the ‘Pages’ drop-down menu and I’ll post it.
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 further provide somewhere to raise young. Ground nesting bees could find space between the rocks to build their nests, cavities can be planned inside for mammals to hide or even hibernate, and small crevices can be an ideal shelter for reptiles and on lower, damper levels, amphibians. Other wildlife…
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 are interesting including a history of Walter Rothschild and his obsession with not only butterflies, but much of the natural world. For example he’d harness a zebra in lieu of a horse to his carriage which he drove around London. He was…