PART VII: Backyard Management


General Backyard Management:

  • "Attracting Birds in Winter," Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
    Food and planting recommendations for several winter visitors.
  • Attracting Wildlife, WindStar Wildlife Institute
    Basic information on attracting wildlife, plus which foods birds prefer at feeders.
  • "Attracting Wildlife to Your Back Yard," USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
    A guide to increasing wildlife diversity and aesthetic value around your home.
  • Backyard Birding, Baltimore Bird Club
    Some good information, and lots of links.
  • Backyard birding, Travis Audubon Society
    Articles on creating your own backyard habitat - focus on Austin and Central Texas.
  • Backyard Conservation Tip Sheets, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
    How agricultural conservation practices can be adapted to your backyard.
  • Backyard Conservation, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
    28-page color booklet that covers much the same material as the above tip sheets.
  • Backyard Habitats, Alabama Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
    Tips on many aspects of creating a backyard wildlife habitat.
  • Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program, National Wildlife Federation
    Provides information about creating a backyard habitat and certification program.
  • Basic Survival Needs, Nutty Birdwatcher
    Providing water, cover and food for backyard birds.
  • Bird Pamphlets, USFWS Office of Migratory Bird Management
    "How to" pamphlets on backyard birding.
  • Earth-Joy, Michigan Native Plant Resource Center
     Backyard management and more, including a list of Michigan native plant sources.
  • Enhancing Your Land for Wildlife,
    A huge number of articles, focusing on the Great Plains area, but applicable elsewhere.
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Topic, University of Minnesota Extension Service; Forest Resources Extension
    Several detailed guides regarding managing land for wildlife.
  • Gardening, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    Tips & Techniques on gardening for wildlife and with wildflowers, as well as a garden botany section.
  • Gardening Articles, The Butterfly Website
    An unbelievable collection of links relating to gardening for wildlife.
  • Green Landscaping with Native Plants, U.S.EPA Great Lakes National Program Office
    Lots of information with an emphasis on the Great Lakes Region.
  • Habitat Fact Sheet Series, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Fact sheet series for people who want to create, enhance or manage backyard habitats.  Part of Maine's Publications Online Catalog (scroll part way down page). 
  • In Your Backyard, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    Many articles relating to backyard management.
  • Information Categories from
    Some articles from their own experts mixed with links from all over.
  • The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
    Wildflowers and more!
  • Landscaping with Native Plants, Wild Ones -- Natural Landscapers, Ltd.
    A quick list of compelling reasons for landscaping with native plants.
  • Native Plants, Michigan State University Extension
    How to grow native plants for many different land types.
  • Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    Informational and financial assistance for private landowners.
  • Plantings for Wildlife, Michigan State University Extension
    Lots of plant possibilities keyed to bird species.
  • Plants Database, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
    Searchable database and fact sheets for native and non-native plants.
  • A Sense of Place, Ohio State University
    Information for the development of urban landscapes based on locally adapted plant species.
  • Sources for Native Plant Material, Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society
    Emphasizing the lower Midwest.
  • Urban Wildlife, University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension
    A series of "How to" publications for attracting wildlife.
  • Wild Acres Program, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
    Tips on how to invite wildlife to your backyard.
  • The Wild Ones Handbook, U.S.EPA & Wild Ones -- Natural Landscapers, Ltd.
    A compendium of useful information for the native plant landscaper and wildflower gardener.
  • Wildflowers, GardenWeb
    Links to the various resources GardenWeb has relating to wildflowers and native plants.
  • Wildlife and Habitat, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
    Geared more toward farmers and ranchers, but provides useful information for the backyard.
  • The Wildlife Gardening Web Site
    Includes an unbelievable collection of articles and links.
  • USDA Conservation Programs, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
    Financial and informational assistance for habitat restoration on private lands.
  • Wildlife Publications, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
    Multiple articles about backyard and other wildlife management.
  • Wildlife Publications, University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension
    Various publications on birding and wildlife management.
  • Windbreaks and Wildlife, University of Nebraska Extension
    How you can protect your home from cold winter winds and help wildlife too.
  • Working with Wildlife Series, North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension
    Includes pamphlets on many different aspects of working with wildlife.

Plant Lists for Attracting Wildlife:

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Last Revised: May 5, 2000

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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Sargent, M.S and Carter, K.S., ed. 1999. Managing Michigan Wildlife: A Landowners Guide.  Michigan United Conservation Clubs, East Lansing, MI. 297pp.

Michigan United Conservation Clubs

This partnership was formed between both private and public organizations in order to address private lands wildlife issues. Individuals share resources, information, and expertise. This landowner’s guide has been a combined effort between these groups working towards one goal: Natural Resources Education. We hope this manual provides you with the knowledge and the motivation to make positive changes for our environment.