Birdhouses make lovely additions to a yard or garden. They can be aesthetically pleasing and, depending on the type and placement of the birdhouse, can attract a variety of different birds. While the primary consideration when putting up a birdhouse is the birds, there are a few other organisms you should consider, too.
Some animals share and pass down knowledge, creating cultural traditions, but one species of bird is really good at it.
For millions of years, flowering plants have engaged in an intricate ecological dance, evolving to protect themselves from predators and pathogens while, at the same time, developing ways to attract potential pollinators–both important parts of the plant’s life cycle. Pollinators, too, have been tied up in this tango, a back and forth of creating and overcoming attraction and resistance, access and exclusion, which, over time, has pushed each other to be perfect partners in their biological ballet. Here, we explore the intimate connections plants and pollinators depend on for survival and how this understanding can enhance our own efforts when gardening for wildlife.
As you explore wildlife landscaping recommendations, you will find a common theme around mowing. Conservationists are always encouraging people to mow their lawns less often or not to mow their fields from May to August. What is that all about?
FOR WILDLIFE GARDENERS, it may be time to say goodbye to the plastic and wooden fences that mark many property lines across the country. Though such fences may mute the sounds of street traffic, screen unsightly views and offer some privacy, you can accomplish those same goals—while providing food, cover and nesting places for birds, pollinators and other creatures—by planting a wildlife hedge.
If you’re among the 59 million Americans the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says feed wildlife around their homes and you’re searching for a bird seed that squirrels won’t eat, there’s a pretty good chance you’re wasting your time.