Elisabeth C. Miller Library

Directory of Recommended Links

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. PDF

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.

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
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.

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.

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 publishes 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.

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 Florida Insect and Nematode Information

University of Wisconsin Madison Insect ID

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

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."