Elisabeth C. Miller Library

Directory of Recommended Links

Critters, Animals & Insects

A Citizen Science Guide to Wild Bees and Floral Visitors in Western Washington
"This guide is intended to provide the tools to identify and monitor wild bees and other floral visitors in the Puget Sound Region."

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. PDF

Attracting wildlife to your backyard
By Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. This website provides information on how to create a backyard habitat.

Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees
A 48 page booklet by By Beatriz Moisset, and Stephen Buchmann. Published by the USDA Forest Service and Pollinator Partnership Publication. Topics include biology, species guide, life cycles, foraging habits, and conservation.

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.

The site includes guide to identifying insects,discussion forums, and a vast collection of images. "We are an online community of naturalists who enjoy learning about and sharing our observations of insects, spiders, and other related creatures."

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
"The Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) project is an ambitious effort to collect and provide access to quality-controlled data about butterflies and moths for the continent of North America from Panama to Canada." Species observations submitted by citizen-scientists and verified by experts populate a map-linked database. Users may search the database by location or species to find detailed records with fields such as caterpillar host plants and habitat.

Butterflies of Oregon
A beautiful photo gallery of butterflies native to Oregon.

Caterpillars that can be Mistaken for Gypsy Moth
Good photos and descriptions of the Gypsy Moth caterpillar to help identification, plus photos of three caterpillars commonly confused with Gypsy Moth.

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

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.

Ecoregional Planting Guides (for pollinators)
A collections of booklets that recommends the best plants for attracting pollinators such as bees, butterflies and birds to various eco-geographic regions of the United States, including the "Pacific lowland mixed province forest" (Oregon & Washington). The booklet also describes the pollinators likely to be found living in the regions as well as general information on encouraging pollinator populations. Published by the The Pollinator Partnership™/North American Pollinator Protection Campaign.

Forestry Images
Insect, disease, and other images

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.

Identifying Gypsy Moth Early Larval Instars
Photos to identify Gypsy Moth in the caterpillar stage.

Information Resources for Pests and Diseases
A list of the best books, articles and websites on pests, diseases and their control.

Integrated Pest Management Information
Integrated pest management fact sheets from WSU for the home and garden.

Invasive and Exotic Species of North America - Images
A photo database of invasive plants, plant diseases and harmful insects, plus biological control agents providing "an accessible and easily used archive of high quality images...with an emphasis on educational applications." Images are available to download for non-profit and educational purposes.

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service— pest management
A series of publications that offer a wide array of techniques and controls to effectively reduce or eliminate damage from insects, diseases and weeds without sacrificing the good of the soil, water, or beneficial organisms.

Native Plant Finder
A database to find native plants by zip code which is sorted by the type of plant (herbaceous or woody) and by the number of moths and butterflies supported. Created by the National Wildlife Foundation.

Natural Pesticides
By Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The article covers microbial pesticides, horticultural oils, insecticidal soaps, alcohol, and botanical insecticides.

Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides
The NCAP published the Journal of Pesticide Reform and works to educate the public about the dangers of pesticides. Go to their Publications section to download information on alternative solutions to pest problems, pesticide fact sheets, and special reports about issues of pesticide reform.

Pollinator Partnership
This organization is focused on promoting pollinator health through "conservation, education, and research. Signature initiatives include the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign), National Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guides." The Resources section includes a learning center and webinars on issues such as habitat restoration.

Texas A & M University Insect Identification

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. PDF

University of Wisconsin Madison Insect ID

Virginia Tech Insect ID
Virginia Tech insect id, including organic/biological controls

Washington Bumble Bees in Home Yards and Gardens
"To better conserve and protect bumble bees in home landscapes in the Pacific Northwest, this publication aims to develop public awareness and appreciation of bumble bees and their role in pollination. It will also help readers recognize bumble bees, understand their general life cycle, and suggest things homeowners and the general public can do to encourage these fascinating and beneficial insects."

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.

Washington Toxics Coalition
Information on toxicity and alternatives to pesticides

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.

WSU Puyallup Plant & Insect Diagnostic Laboratory
A service for professional gardeners and arborists that diagnoses plant and insect samples for a fee.

WSU's Pest Leaflet Series
"The Pest Leaf Series (PLS) was initiated in the WSU Puyallup Plant & Insect Diagnostic Laboratory to produce brief "bulletins" on problems frequently received at the laboratory, for which no formal extension bulletins or other readily available information exists. The PLS covers insect problems, diseases, abiotic problems, and other miscellaneous situations on which we are regularly asked to provide information."

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
The Xerces Society is a science-based conservation organization and international nonprofit. The society's work focuses on protecting pollinators, conserving endangered species, and advocacy. The website contains an extensive publications library which includes technical reports for scientists, planting guides for homeowners and the biannual journal Wings. There are also resources specially designed for teachers and students.