Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife by David Mizejewski is a wonderfully robust book on how anyone can do projects that allow you to bring wildlife into your environment. This is an expanded second edition of this title and updates are wonderful! This book is easy to understand, and has a wide variety of advice and projects that you can choose from to make your space more environmentally attractive. The photography in this book is beautiful and you can really see examples of the types of wildlife that you can easily attract into your backyard.
This book has a variety of sections that you can use to educate yourself or inspire yourself to construct a project. Let's take a look at a few of these sections:
- Family Project - These pages have a specific project that you can concentrate on. It provides; tips, materials, and instructions. I found the family project for Composting 101 to be very helpful, and easy to understand. And I can't wait to delve into the instructions for Build Bird Nesting Boxes. You actually get 3 different plans complete with wood measurements.
- Wildlife Profile - Taking an in-depth look at a particular species, to you a better understanding of their role in the environment, and how to attract them to your living space. The call outs for Bluebirds and Monarch Butterflies really inspired me to make some changes that could help them.
- National Wildlife Foundation - Garden for Wildlife - Each new chapter includes a checklist of items that will be helpful for you to have present in your environment to attract wildlife. For example, in the chapter on Cover this check box states that you need 2+ of the following places for wildlife to take shelter from weather and predators; wooded area, dense shrubs, bramble patch, meadow/prairie, evergreens, ground cover, brush/log pile, rock pile/wall, burrow, cave, roosting box, water garden/pond. At first you might be thinking that you can't provide 2+ of these things, but as you read the chapter you will get a sense on what one family or individual really can do by the looking around at what your space has to offer.
- Lists of plants - There are wonderful lists of native plants (grasses, sedges, vines, etc) that will be helpful to have in your yard. Likewise (and to me VERY helpful) there are lists that warn you NOT to include, such as invasive plants and non-native plants.
Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife has so much information, it will be a helpful resource for you to have handy as you work on making your yard a friendly place to a variety of wildlife. Whether you want to start slow and try out a project at a time, or if you are starting a whole yard from scratch and want to assign places and plants that will be inviting, this book will help you to make decisions that fit a variety of budgets, not to mention great learning opportunities. This book will be a great addition to your library.
This book is part of the National Wildlife Federation resources. If you would like to learn more about the National Wildlife Federation, you can visit their website at https://www.nwf.org/?gclid=CjwKCAjw2cTmBRAVEiwA8YMgzbRreVcgGgjUl_bzQWUdnA3T2vhOe2iSg_flYq-1ZS8kz0jPok8fphoCyGwQAvD_BwE
Disclosure: Thank you to Fox Chapel Publishing for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.