Birdscaping in the Midwest: A Guide to Gardening with Native Plants to Attract Birds

Birdscaping in the Midwest: A Guide to Gardening with Native Plants to Attract Birds

By: Mariette Nowak (author), Peter Raven (foreword_author)Paperback

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Go beyond bird feeders! Learn how to create outstanding bird habitats in your own yard with native plants that offer food, cover, and nesting sites for birds. This guide is packed with color photographs, sage advice, detailed instructions, and garden plans. It features nine different habitat gardens for hummingbirds, bluebirds, wintering birds, migrant birds, and birds that frequent prairies, wetlands, lakes, shrublands, and woodlands, along with advice about maintaining your plantings and augmenting them with nest boxes, birdbaths, misters, and perches. The information on recommended plant species includes their native ranges in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin; the birds they attract; their visual characteristics; and their cultivation. Mariette Nowak also describes how gardeners featured in this book have gone beyond their own garden gates to work for the protection and restoration of bird habitat in their neighborhoods and communities. Birdscaping in the Midwest provides many sources of further information, including publications, web sites, organizations, and native plant nurseries.

About Author

Mariette Nowak is an active leader and volunteer for Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes and Lakeland Audubon Society. She is also a public speaker on landscaping, native plants, and birding and before her retirement, she was director of the Wehr Nature Center, a unit of the Milwaukee County Parks in Wisconsin.


Acknowledgments Foreword Introduction Part 1 Birds & Plants 1 An Ancient Collaboration 2 Going Native 3 The Case against Exotics Part 2 Gallery of Bird Habitat Gardens 4 The Gardens & Gardeners Part 3 Native Habitats for Birds: The Basics 5 Getting Started 6 Planning & Design 7 Site Preparation & Planting Part 4 Bird Habitat Gardens for Specific Birds 8 The Hummingbird Garden 9 The Prairie Bird Garden 10 The Bluebird Savanna Garden 11 The Woodland Bird Garden 12 The Wetland Bird Garden 13 The Migratory Bird Garden 14 The Shrubland Bird Garden 15 The Winter Bird Garden 16 Bird Baths & Water Gardens Part 5 Midwestern Plants That Attract Birds 17 Trees, Shrubs & Vines 18 Wildflowers, Grasses & Sedges Part 6 Maintaining & Enhancing Your Bird Habitat Garden 19 Garden Habitat Maintenance 20 Supplemental Housing 21 Supplemental Feeding 22 Problems in Bird Habitat Gardens Conclusion Gardeners' Resources Birding Organizations & Websites Native Plant & Habitat Enhancement Organizations Midwestern Native Plant Nurseries & Consultants Index About the Author Photo Credits

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780299291549
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 350
  • ID: 9780299291549
  • ISBN10: 0299291545

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