Backyard Habitat for Birds (& Butterflies & Dragonflies & More!)
program by Pat Sutton
In the “Go Green” movement, all too often yards are forgotten and, in fact, many yards are the antithesis of green. The first and most important step is to “Go Native,” to favor native plants and wildlife-friendly practices. Pat Sutton will showcase native trees, shrubs, vines, wildflowers, and even weeds that are most beneficial to birds and other wildlife. From the perspective of a life-long naturalist intimate with the workings of the natural world, Sutton will share countless common-sense garden maintenance techniques that will help property owners avoid common practices that actually harm rather than benefit wildlife. In addition to the obvious (bird feeders, bird houses, and bird baths), this program is packed with the “how’s and why’s” of attracting birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and other wildlife to your backyard, no matter how small or how urban. In rapidly developing regions, backyards are critical wildlife habitat for nesting, migratory, and wintering birds, as well as frogs and toads, butterflies, dragonflies, and other beneficial insects. Learn how to create a wildlife refuge right out your own back door — a refuge for you and for all wildlife!
Before this program, download, print, and read my many handouts on native plants for specific sites (pollinator gardens, shady areas, etc). My “Gardening for Pollinators” handout is KEY; it is my most indepth handout and applies to all native plant gardening. Click HERE to see my native plant resources / handouts.