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Attracting birds, butterflies and other backyard wildlife
Mizejewski, David.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Upper Saddle River, NJ, : Creative Homeowner [2004]

Physical Description:
127 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
At head of title: National Wildlife Federation.

Includes index.
Added Corporate Author:
Format :


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QL59 .M59 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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A backyard can come alive by creating an environment with plants and spaces that attract nature's most interesting and friendly creatures. Colorful butterflies, uplifting songbirds, and lively toads can enhance the personal garden space, giving pleasure to nature lovers of all ages. National Wildlife Federation's® Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife provides over a dozen step-by-step projects for families to do together, making getting back to nature easy, educational, and fun.

Author Notes

David Mizejewski holds a degree in Human and Natural Ecology from Emory University and has worked as a naturalist in Georgia and Virginia. David manages the NWF's Backyard Wildlife Habitat program

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this handsome book, Mizejewski, manager of the National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program, offers a short guide to creating gardens and yards that promote ecological balance and provide natural habitats for a wide variety of wildlife-birds, butterflies, toads, snakes, bats, bees and necessary predators such as spiders, beetles, owls and hawks. In uncomplicated text accompanied by stunning photographs, he suggests native plants that can be used to attract birds and butterflies and gives simple instructions for family projects-creating attractive bird feeders and stocking them with food; building nesting boxes for birds, butterflies and bats, and houses for frogs, toads and salamanders; making and maintaining birdbaths, drinking areas, ponds and wetland habitats. The most valuable parts of the book are those in which Mizejewski emphasizes the importance of using native plants to maintain the mutual relationships that plants, animals and other living organisms have developed over the millennia and explains how exotic imports can disrupt this balance. His lists of desirable native plants and undesirable exotics are far from comprehensive, but he directs the reader to Web sites where further information is available. The text is brief, but with its 170 color photos, it provides a good starting point for homeowners who want to create attractive natural habitats. The book concludes with instructions for registering wildlife-friendly gardens with the National Wildlife Federation as official Backyard Wildlife Habitat sites. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Chapter 1 Habitat Basicsp. 10
Vanishing Habitatsp. 12
The Importance of Balancep. 14
Chapter 2 Providing Food For Wildlifep. 22
The Food Chainp. 24
Supplemental Feedersp. 30
Easy Bird Feedersp. 36
Chapter 3 Providing Water for Wildlifep. 46
Providing Waterp. 48
Ponds and Water Gardensp. 52
Maintaining Your Water Featurep. 62
Birdbath Stumpp. 49
Adding a Wildlife Pondp. 54
Stormwater Wetlandp. 59
Chapter 4 Providing Cover for Wildlifep. 64
Providing Natural Coverp. 66
Human-Made Coverp. 74
Houses for Crittersp. 76
Create a Brush Pilep. 75
Installing a Bat Boxp. 76
Build an Amphibian Housep. 79
Chapter 5 Places to Raise Youngp. 80
Natural Nesting Placesp. 82
Places You Providep. 84
Bird Nesting Boxesp. 85
Bee Nesting Housesp. 88
Plant a Butterfly Gardenp. 91
Chapter 6 Designing Your Habitatp. 94
Assessing Your Propertyp. 96
Purchasing Native Plantsp. 97
Garden Design Approachesp. 104
Composting 101p. 110
Chapter 7 Human Dimensionsp. 114
Your Place in the Landscapep. 116
Share Your Knowledgep. 118
Bug Huntingp. 117
Backyard Habitat Checklistp. 120
Nwf Resourcesp. 121
Glossaryp. 122
Indexp. 124
Photo Creditsp. 128