Extensive urban growth over the last few decades has had a significant impact on habitat that birds and other wildlife once called home. You, as a homeowner, have a unique opportunity to curtail this loss of habitat by creating your own backyard wildlife sanctuary.

NatureScaping of Southwest Washington is a non-profit, all volunteer, educational organization whose goal is to educate and encourage homeowners to make their yards and gardens a sanctuary for birds and other wildlife.

Membership above the $20 level will support maintaining the gardens fencing, irrigation, educational materials and more.

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Suggested Reading List

Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest
Russell Link
Wonderful reference for creating wildlife habitat in your backyard. Topics include habitat design and maintenance, wildlife in the landscape, special feature for wildlife such as ponds, nest boxes, and brush shelters, and how to co-exist with wildlife.

Bringing Nature Home "How to Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants" by Douglas M. Tallamy.
Everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity

Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Alaska
Jim Pojar, Andy MacKinnon
Excellent pictures and descriptions of native plants.

National Audubon Society: The Bird Garden
DK Publishing
A guide to attracting birds to your backyard.

Stokes Birdfeeder Book : The Complete Guide to Attracting, Identifying, and Understanding Your Feeder Birds
Donald and Lillian Stokes
An easy guide to attracting, identifying and understandig birds in your backyard.

Stokes Hummingbird Book : The Complete Guide to Attracting, Identifying, and Enjoying Hummingbirds
Donald and Lillian Stokes

A Field Guide to Western Birds : A Completely New Guide to Field Marks of All Species Found in North America West of the 100th Meridian and North of Mexico
Roger Tory Peterson

Butterfly Gardening: Creating Summer Magic in Your Garden
Xerces Society

The Butterflies of Cascadia: A Field Guide to All the Species of Washington, Oregon, and Surrounding Territories
Robert Michael Pyle
An outstanding field guide of local butterflies including a wealth of information about each of the butterflies, their documented host plants, and the nectar plants that attract them.