From Publishers Weekly
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 wildlifeâ"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 projectsâ"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.
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"With beautiful photographs, this book is extremely useful and accessible. It's a must for anyone interested in increasing the diversity of life in outdoor spaces."-Holly Shimizu, Executive Director of the U.S. Botanical Garden.
Winner of the Publishers Marketing Association's Ben Franklin Award.
"To create your own backyarde habitat, you will need no other guide than this book. It is full of practical ideas, clever projects and delighful photographs."-Valerie Kelsey, President of the National Gardening Association.
is an excellent book for beginners...”
Daily Record(York, PA)
Mar 23, 2007
"extensive information on attracting birds, butterflies and sundry creatures to your little piece of paradise.” The purpose of this book is to teach the reader how to restore or create a wildlife habitat in his/her own yard
” The projects described are fundamental and elementary, suited for family participation.” This is a very helpful book for someone who wishes to enhance his/her landscape as a means of attracting wildlife.”
Epinions.com (Brisbane, CA)
Mar 21, 2007
"...an excellent book....offering plenty of basic advice about providing the four basic needs of wildlife...lots of helpful advice..."
January 7, 2006
It is full of practical how-to information to make your yard a wildlife haven
Daily Progress (Jacksonville, TX)
June 05, 2007
...hundreds of ideas for landscaping that works for people and wildlife, as well as many easy projects to do with children.”