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Critters, Animals & Insects

Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden
Article by J. Olsen and N. Allen (2002). "Among the many birds attracted to gardens, hummingbirds can be the most appealing. Not only are these “garden jewels” fun to watch, hummingbirds play an important role in our environment by pollinating flowers and feeding on insects."

Attracting Hummingbirds
The city of Bellingham has created a list of ways to attract hummingbirds to your garden.

Attracting wildlife to your backyard
By Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. This website provides information on how to attract wildlife to your backyard by landscape design and winter bird feeding.

Beneficial Insects, Spiders, and Other Mini-Creatures in Your Garden
Published by Washington State University Extension. This manual provides strategies to encourage beneficial insects, spiders, and mites to visit and stay in your garden landscape, and set up defense lines against the troublesome herbivores.

Creating a Hummingbird Garden
Pamphlet by Jodi K. Hoctor, Washington State University Extension. Includes a description of hummingbird species, hummingbird feeders, and recommended plantings.

Creating Your Own Healthy Habitat
Chapter 3, Audubon At Home in Seattle : Gardening for Life by National Audubon Society and the Seattle Audubon Society (2003). This chapter focuses on how to design a garden that will attract birds. It also includes a plant list.

Designing for Wildlife
A compilation of suggested guidelines for making your landscape more wildlife friendly by PlantNative. These guidelines promote the essential habitat elements of food, cover, water, and places to raise young.

Garden for Wildlife - Making Wildlife Habitat at Home
By National Wildlife Federation. How to attract birds, insects, and amphibians. How to build houses/nests for bats, bees, and birds. How to create a neighbor and wildlife friendly backyard.

King County, Northwest Yard and Garden
Yard talk, episode 9, "Backyard wildlife". Join Doug and Greg as they tour the beautiful Vashon Island garden of the Van Fleet residence. This amazing garden is packed with wildlife and features two ponds, a vegetable garden and more than 370 different species of plants. As a result, the Van Fleets have seen more than 68 different species of birds visiting their yard.

There's Life in Hazard Trees
A pamphlet from the Forest Service that emphasizes the value of wildlife in evaluating tree hazards. With just a little extra planning, hazard tree management programs can be highly beneficial to wildlife while maintaining the goals of the program.

Washington Native Plant Society: Landscaping with Native Plants for Wildlife
Native plants provide the food, shelter, and nesting habitat favored by our local wildlife. Make your garden a sanctuary for songbirds, hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other wildlife using native plants.

Wildlife Gardening Resource List
A list of the best books, articles and websites on gardening with wildlife.

Wildlife in the Garden
By Idaho Landscapes & Gardens, University of Idaho Extension. Gardens can be alive with songbirds and beneficial insects and many are visited by deer, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, voles, and even the occasional snake. On this page, you’ll find information to help you decide just how “wild” you’d like your garden to be and how to make it more-or less-so.

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October 06 2016 15:36:48