Dead trees nurture new life in ecologically important ways. Without snags some 85 species of North American birds, numerous small mammals, insects, fungi, and lichens would be without valuable habitat. Snags are nature’s apartment complexes and cafeterias. To have thriving, healthy habitat, in many places, means snags are a part of the equation.
There are many different kinds of evergreen plants, both trees and shrubs; and, they have important roles to play in landscaping--from aesthetic to ecological. Read on to learn more about how and why to include evergreens in your landscaping.
Installing habitat features can be fun. Each addition to your yard or community is an open invitation to wildlife to use the space as a sanctuary.
The less time a bird spends looking for materials and building a nest, the more energy there is available to allocate to other stages of reproduction.
One way to easily provide beneficial habitat for bats is to create safe and secure shelter in the form of bat houses. Bat houses mimic places in the natural environment that offer a safe place from predators, and, if installed correctly, provide the perfect temperature and humidity for bats.
A bee house is a simple and attractive addition to any yard or garden space that will provide habitat for solitary cavity-nesting bees.
Butterflies often gather around mud or bare ground to collect minerals for their mates. This is called puddling and you can help provide safe and clean sources for them.
Fallen logs instantly provide complex structures where a diverse range of organisms can find stable microclimates for nesting, denning, feeding, and food storage.
Milkweeds are a critical part of the monarch butterfly lifecycle. This article delves into the art and science of this underutilized garden plant.
Ponds provide essential habitat to numerous species. Frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, turtles, dragonflies, damselflies, and other animals require a water body as a part of their lifecycle.