Habitat Gardening or Gardens for Wildlife
"An overgrown garden makes a perfect bird habitat." -- Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher
Wildlife at your Back Door: How to Create a Haven for Nature's Friends
This Reader's digest book, written by an Englishwoman and illustrated with color photographs, suggests creating simple habitats using log, rock and brush piles.
The Butterfly Gardener's Guide
QL544.6 .B88 2003x
Includes lists of host plants for caterpillars as well as nectar plants for butterflies.
The Nature-Friendly Garden: Creating a Backyard Haven for Plants, Wildlife, and People
An ecofriendly, natural approach to landscaping that encourages wildlife.
Wildlife-Friendly Plants: make your garden a haven for beneficial insects, amphibians and birds
A directory of plants that attract animals. Most of these plants are hardy enough for Pennsylvania.
Wildlife of Pennsylvania and the Northeast
QL606.52.U6 F47 2000
If you want to find out what types of wildlife you can expect to attract, use this book to learn about animals in Pennsylvania.
Bees, Wasps, and Ants: The Indispensable Role of Hymenoptera in Gardens
QL565 .G72 2010
Bees, Wasps, and Ants explores the importance of the Hymenoptera and explains how gardeners can encourage (or discourage) them in the garden. Eric Grissel is a research entomologist who now practices Darwinian Victory Gardening in the high desert grasslands of southeastern Arizona.
Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology
Entomologist and gardener Grissell suggests calling a truce with the enemy and instead welcoming the insect world into your garden.
Welcoming Wildlife to the Garden: Creating Backyard & Balcony Habitats for Wildlife
This illustrated book gives plans for making houses for specific animals.
Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife
q QL59.M57 2004x
An oversized book with color photographs from the National Wildlife Federation.
"To really bring in birds, and to keep them coming back, you need the plants they like best." This book gives very comprehensive information on attracting birds to your garden. Arranged by bird family.
Planting Noah's Garden: Further Adventures in Backyard Ecology
QH541.5.G37 S75 1997
Sarah Stein's Noah's Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Back Yards placed the author at the forefront of the new field of ecological gardening. Now, in Planting Noah's Garden, she tells the story of the many ways people in all parts of the country are redesigning their surroundings to welcome back the birds, butterflies, fireflies, and other creatures driven away by the sterility of the typical suburban landscape.
Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens
Tallamy is suggesting a radical change in mindset for the gardener: instead of searching for pest-free ornamentals, we need to look for native plants that will provide food for native wildlife, particularly for insects that provide the bulk of food for many other animals.
The Bat House Builder's Handbook
q QL737.C5 T89 2004x
Bats are great insect eaters so you might want to think about attracting them to your garden by providing a bat house.
(DVD) QL544.A933 2008x
Presents instruction on identifying butterflies found across the United States. Covers butterfly biology, lifecycles, and behavior. Explains how to attract butterflies to backyard gardens.
Browse the Catalog
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Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden Using Native Plants
A nicely illustrated pamphlet from the US Forest Service.
Audubon at Home
Create healthy habitats in your backyards and other spaces by planting native species, removing invasive plants, reducing pesticide use, conserving water, protecting water quality, and keeping birds safe.
Birds and Blooms
This is the website of the birds and gardening magazine. They have a list of the 50 most wanted birds with information, photo, and a recording of its song for each bird.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Gardening for Wildlife
Articles on creating natural gardens.
Butterflies and Moths of North America
Each record contains photographs, which county it occurs in, reference, life history, caterpillar hosts and adult food, range and habitat.
A University of Minnesota Extension Service book by Vera Krichik. You can read it online or order it. Included is an extensive list of plants that attract moths and butterflies.
This site offers articles on how to create a wildlife habitat in your own backyard and further information on the species you plant and the animals you attract.
Fine Gardening: Hummingbird Favorites
An article about what types of perennials to plant to attract hummingbirds.
How to Make Butterfly Gardens
By Stephanie Bailey, Extension Specialist, at the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Department of Entomology
National Bird-Feeding Society
Frequently asked questions, and advice on bringing a variety of birds to your garden by providing a variety of food sources.
National Wildlife Federation: Garden for Wildlife
Create a garden at home or at school that is friendly to native wildlife.
North American Butterfly Association: Butterfly Garden and Habitat Program
All you need to know!
Find your ecoregion and its native plants by inputting your zipcode.
Resources on Pollinators
The National Academies Division on Earth & Life Studies includes information on pollinator-friendly plants for your garden.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service: Backyard Conservation
Ten conservation practices have been scaled down for homeowners and city residents to use in their yards. Tip sheets offer "how to" steps and helpful hints.
Wildlife Habitat Council
The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) is a nonprofit, nonlobbying 501(c)(3) group of corporations, conservation organizations, and individuals dedicated to protecting and enhancing wildlife habitat. Created in 1988, WHC helps large landowners, particularly corporations, manage their unused lands in an ecologically sensitive manner for the benefit of wildlife.
The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates (especially insects) and their habitat. Read more about their Pollinator Conservation Program.
The Bee Hunter: Types of Bees
Jim Abraham removes unwanted bees and wasps but also has information about identifying the various insects.
Critter Control Pittsburgh
And if you just happen to have encouraged a critter that you don't want to take up residence under your porch -- like a skunk -- there are professionals to help you relocate it. Read more in this May 31, 2009 article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Wildlife rules most neighborhoods
This Tuesday, July 06, 2010, article reports on recent sitings of foxes and bears in local neighborhoods. Wildlife Conservation Officer Gary Fujak says as long as they are healthy and behaving normally they should be left alone.
You can order their publication The Audubon Guide to Gardening for Life in Southeastern Pennsylvania (2005).
A consortium of representatives from the departments of agriculture, state beekeeping organizations, and land-grant universities of New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia. Includes Beginning Beekeeping with information on beekeeping in the urban/suburban setting.
Penn State Cooperative Extension: Landscaping for Wildlife
A great selection of 16 brochures in .pdf format about attracting Pennsylvania wildlife to your garden, including
West Virginia: Landscaping for Wildlife
This website from the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources includes a downloadable booklet in .pdf format (requires Adobe Acroba Reader) on the West Virginia Wild Yards Program. It will provide you with information on setting up a wildlife-friendly backyard habitat.
West Virginia University Extension Services: Wildlife
Publications about keeping birds, bats, and butterflies in your garden and deer out.