Landscaping for Wildlife

Homeowners across America are changing the face of the typical American lawn. Learn strategies for the natural landscape homeowner who is looking for neighborly ways to garden for nature.

Feeding birds is a great way to brighten a dreary winter day. It's also a never-ending source of entertainment and enjoyment. Action, color, drama, song—it's all there at your backyard bird feeder. This publication covers different types of birds, food and feeders, bird seed and other foods, feeder placement, landscaping for birds, and more.

Adding a bird bath to your yard is the easiest way to provide drinking and bathing water for birds. This article provides information on bird baths and backyard ponds with sections on creating a simple backyard pond, choosing materials for your pond, adding plants to your pond, and caring for and maintaining your bird bath and pond.

Bluebirds are one of Pennsylvania's most beloved songbirds. This fact sheet covers general biology, habitat requirements, management practices, bluebird box design, and sources of additional information.

By replacing all or part of your lawn with native vegetation that provides food and cover, you can create a refuge to attract variety of wildlife. This article covers alternatives to lawns, planting and preparing for your meadow, maintaining a meadow or prairie, landscape ordinances, and sources of wildflowers and grasses.

Warm-season grasses, prairie grasses native to Pennsylvania, are planted for wildlife habitat, erosion control, and for use as pasture and hay. This article outlines the importance of planting these bunch grasses for wildlife habitats, controlling weeds while establishing the grasses, and maintaining the grasses for agricultural and wildlife use.

Learn about the many aspects of hummingbirds and how to attract them to your property.

Guidelines for selecting woody plants such as trees, shrubs, and vines and designing your landscape with the goal of providing wildlife habitat.

American kestrels are small, swift, powerful birds of prey with brilliant coloring. Formally known as sparrow hawks, these hunters are one of Pennsylvania’s most common raptors, and many are year-round residents.

Learn about the butterfly life cycle, and how to manage your garden to attract butterflies.