About the Author
David Mizejewski is a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. He holds a degree in Human and Natural Ecology from Emory University and has hosted television series on both Animal Planet and NatGeo WILD. He regularly appears on NBC’s Today Show and does dozens of other television and public appearances each year to promote wildlife conservation. He specializes in urban ecology, the role that native plants have on wildlife populations, and helping people restore wildlife habitat in their cities, towns, neighborhoods, backyards, and gardens.
Table of ContentsNational Wildlife Federation Attracting Birds, Butterflies & Backyard WildlifeIntroduction 8Chapter One • Habitat Basics 10• Vanishing Habitats 12• The Importance of Balance 14Chapter Two • Providing Food for Wildlife 22• The Food Chain 24• Supplemental Feeders 30• Project: Easy Bird Feeders 36Chapter Three • Providing Water for Wildlife 46• Providing Water 48• Project: Birdbath Stump 49• Ponds and Water Gardens 52• Project: Adding a Wildlife Pond 54• Project: Stormwater Wetland 59• Maintaining Your Water Feature 62Chapter Four • Providing Natural Cover 66• Human-Made Cover 74• Project: Create a Brush Pile 75• Project: Installing a Bat Box 76• Houses for Critters 76• Project: Build an Amphibian House 79Chapter Five • Places to Raise Young 80• Natural Nesting Places 82• Place You Provide 84• Project: Bird Nesting Boxes 85• Project: Bee Nesting Houses 88• Project: Plant a Butterfly Garden 91Chapter Six • Designing Your Habitat 94• Assessing Your Property 96• Purchasing Native Plants 97• Project: Composting 101• Garden Design Approaches 104Chapter Seven • Human Dimensions 114• Your Place in the Landscape 116• Project: Bug Hunting 117• Shape Your Knowledge 118Backyard Habitat Checklist 120NWF Resources 121Glossary 122Index 124Photo Credits 128
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To create your own backyard habitat, you’ll need no other guide than this book, full of practical ideas, clever projects, and delightful photographs. (President, National Gardening Association)