Gardening for Wildlife (including Birds) Books

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Here is a collection of titles focused on how to garden to support different kinds of wildlife. Many of the changes we make in our landscapes to support a specific group of beloved animals often helps support others groups of animals–such as planting native flowers, shrubs, or trees for birds goes a long way to support native pollinators and insects. Explore these titles to learn some new tricks.

**Book titles are ordered by publication date**

Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife

Author(s): Nancy Lawson
Publication Date: April, 2017
Description: Lawson provides compelling arguments for modern day gardening to have a humane purpose in supporting native wildlife with native food, available water, and sturdy shelter. With a collection of stories, interviews, and advice, she takes us on a journey to understand the benefits of inviting biodiversity into our yards and communities.

The Dragonfly-Friendly Gardener: Create a Garden Home for Dragonflies and Damselflies

Author(s): Ruary Mackenzie Dodds
Publication Date: December, 2016
Description: There is growing interest in creating wetland habitat in yards to support dragonflies and damselflies (among many other insects, plants, and animals). This text, written by a leading expert in Britain, is a guide to such an endeavor. Some plant recommendations may not be native to North America, so be ready to do some additional research for native pond vegetation.

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Gardening for Birds, Butterflies and Bees: Everything You Need to Know to Create a Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard.

Author(s): Editors at Birds and Bloom
Publication Date: February, 2016
Description: Filled with a plethora of stunning photos, these editors share their best advice on how to support wildlife in your gardens. If you are interested in incorporating exotic plants into your garden this text may be more for you as not all plant recommendations are native to either the United States or the regions they are recommended.

Gardening for the Birds: How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard

Author(s): George Adams
Publication Date: July, 2013
Description: Whether you’re a gardener hoping to learn more about birds, or a birder interested in drawing birds into your backyard, this book is for you. We especially like the calendar for seasonal fruiting, which helps you plan for year-round fruits. We also like the calendar for wildflower blooms, which ensures you’ll not only have colorful blooms throughout the growing season to attract bees and hummingbirds, but you’ll also know when wildflower seeds will be available to birds. The plant and bird directories are also very detailed.

The Backyard Parables: Lessons on Gardening and Life

Author(s): Margaret Roach
Publication Date: January, 2013
Description: Margaret Roach is an accomplished landscape gardener who is passionate about creating native habitat to support the critters she shares her property with. Enjoy this collection of stories, reflections, and advice from an esteemed gardener.

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The Bird-Friendly Backyard: natural gardening for birds, simple ways to create a bird haven

Author(s): Julie Zickefoose
Publication Date: December, 2011
Description: We recommend this book because it’s like a collection of your favorite magazine articles, all in one place. With short sections and numerous sidebars, it’s great for those who prefer magazine-style writing. Beginning enthusiasts might also enjoy the Q&A sections and charming illustrations.

The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds: creating natural habitats for properties large and small

Author(s): Stephen W. Kress
Publication Date: March, 2006
Description: We like the hybrid field guide to common plants and birds, organized by region. If you are the kind of birdwatcher who appreciates a good list, then you’ll like the lists of suggested plantings for things like making windbreaks and attracting hummingbirds. It’s a lightweight book that is heavy in useful content for the backyard fixer-upper.