Landscaping for Wildlife

How to choose plants that provide a welcome habitat for wildlife to meadows and prairies, ponds and backyards, including trees, shrubs and vines, warm-season grasses and riparian buffers.

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The Secret Life of Bluebirds
The Secret Life of Bluebirds - Videos Videos

The Secret Life of Bluebirds

Danielle Williams

5:36

A behind the scenes and “inside the box” view of the secret and busy life of a nesting bluebird. More
Yellow-throated Warbler
Migration Madness: Identification of PA Migrant Songbirds - Webinars Webinars
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This webinar covers the basics of bird identification and provides information on the life history, ecology, and identification of many of the migrant songbirds in Pennsylvania forests. More
Amphibians and Reptiles in Your Woods
Amphibians and Reptiles in Your Woods - Webinars Webinars
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Amphibians and reptiles are important members of the forest community. Learn how to enhance your property for amphibian and reptilian wildlife. More
Questions and Answers about Centipedes, Ladybirds and Butterflies
Questions and Answers about Centipedes, Ladybirds and Butterflies - Articles Articles
Q&A: Basics about centipedes, ladybirds, and butterflies More
Purple Loosestrife in Pennsylvania
Purple Loosestrife in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
Purple Loosestrife is an aggressive plant that is invading our wetlands and replacing valuable wetland plants; eliminating food and shelter for wildlife; and choking waterways. More
Consider including violets in landscapes, or just leaving them where they are doing well. Photo: Kathleen Salisbury
Underused Native Plants: Common Blue Violets - Articles Articles
Native plants have become very popular over the years. More
Backyard Wildlife
Backyard Wildlife - Articles Articles
Image gallery of wildlife commonly found in Pennsylvania backyards. More
Chicory
Neighborly Natural Landscaping in Residential Areas - Articles Articles

Neighborly Natural Landscaping in Residential Areas

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

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. More
Attracting Birds to a Feeder
Attracting Birds to a Feeder - Articles Articles

Attracting Birds to a Feeder

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

Why don’t I have more birds coming to my bird feeder? More
Wildlife-Habitat Relationships
Wildlife-Habitat Relationships - Articles Articles

Wildlife-Habitat Relationships

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

Both the general habitat type and the specific features of the habitat help to determine the wildlife species found in an area. More
Water for Wildlife: Bird Baths and Backyard Ponds
Water for Wildlife: Bird Baths and Backyard Ponds - Articles Articles

Water for Wildlife: Bird Baths and Backyard Ponds

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

Adding a bird bath to your yard is the easiest way to provide drinking and bathing water for birds. More
Bobolink
Warm-Season Grasses and Wildlife - Articles Articles

Warm-Season Grasses and Wildlife

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

Warm-season grasses, prairie grasses native to Pennsylvania, are planted for wildlife habitat, erosion control, and for use as pasture and hay. More
Illustration by John Sidelinger
Riparian Buffers for Wildlife - Articles Articles
Riparian buffers protect water quality by intercepting sediment and pollution from agricultural fields, residential lawns, roadways, and other sources. More
Meadows and Prairies: Wildlife-Friendly Alternatives to Lawn
Meadows and Prairies: Wildlife-Friendly Alternatives to Lawn - Articles Articles
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. More
Red Squirrel
Landscaping for Wildlife: Trees, Shrubs, and Vines - Articles Articles

Landscaping for Wildlife: Trees, Shrubs, and Vines

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

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