Useful Backyard Wildlife Habitat Resources

Backyard Habitat Resources 

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  • Maryland Cooperative Extension
    • Offers home and garden information, tips publications, plant problems, Bay issues, and other links
  • National Wildlife Federation
    • Details on their backyard habitat program
  • Project FeederWatch
    • Winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. Feeder Watchers (like you!) periodically count the highest numbers of each species they see at their feeders from November through early April.Becoming an Outdoors woman logo


Invasive Species Resources

Invasive Species


Plant Resources

  • Colston, C. 2011. Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (BBG Guides for a Greener Planet).
    • Brooklyn Botanic Garden Guide which goes into commonly planted invasives and native alternatives
  • Maryland Native Plant Society
    • Offers information dedicated to protecting, conserving and restoring Maryland's native plants and habitats
  • Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat in Maryland
    • Provides lists and information about native plants that can be used for habitat restoration and natural landscaping projects
  • Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded. Timber Press.
    • This book highlights native plants that are beneficial for wildlife, particularly those which support beneficial insects that form the bottom of the food chain.
  • Wasowski, Sally and Andy Wasowski. 1994. Gardening With Native Plants of the South. Taylor Trade Publications.
    • This book includes specific information on over 200 familiar, easy-to-find native plants, over 250 color photographs, nine sample garden plans, and more.


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Habichat, the newsletter for Stewards of Maryland's Backyard Wildlife, is published by the Wildlife and Heritage Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

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