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Books (and a few web-based resources) on gardens for wildlife

  • The Wildlife Gardener’s Guide, by Janet Marinelli, published by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
  • Carlock, Marty (2006). “For the Birds.” Landscape Architecture, Vol. 96, No. 1, January, pp. 36-45.
  • Ellis, Barbara (1997). Taylor’s Weekend Gardening Guide to Attracting Birds and Butterflies: How to Plant a Backyard Habitat to Attract Hummingbirds and Other Winged Wildlife. Taylor’s Weekend Gardening Guides.
  • Lewis, Alcinda (Ed.) (1996). Butterfly Gardens: Luring Nature’s Loveliest Pollinators to Your Yard. New York: Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
  • The National Audubon Society. The Bird Garden: A Comprehensive Guide to Attracting Birds to Your Backyard Throughout the Year..
  • The National Wildlife Federation. Attracting Birds, Butterflies & Backyard Wildlife. and also their Garden for Wildlife page.
  • Rodale Organic Gardening. Attracting Birds to Your Backyard.
  • Roth, Sally (2006). Bird-By-Bird Gardening: The Ultimate Guide to Bringing in Your Favorite Birds—Year After Year.
  • Stokes, Donald and Lillian (1998). Stokes Bird Gardening Book: The Complete Guide to Creating a Bird-Friendly Habitat in Your Backyard. Stokes Backyard Nature Books.
  • Tallamy, Doug. Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants. On the “macro” level, think about attracting not just the birds, but the critters that attract the birds: Insects, in general, provide a lot more nutrition than seed. This is an excellent and inspiring resource.
  • Wetherbee, Kris (2004). Attracting Birds, Butterflies, & Other Winged Wonders to Your Backyard. New York, NY: Lark Books.
  • Here’s a nice online article about How to Grow Your Own Bird Seed in the Garden.
  • Read this 2010 blog post about the importance of feeding and watching the birds in winter: Watching the Birds – Surviving the Winter by Connecting with Nature.
  • And this 2009 blog post, “(Especially in Winter), Feed the Birds.”

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