Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard

101 Ways to Make Your Property Home for Creatures Great and Small
 
 
Skyhorse Publishing
  • erschienen am 6. März 2018
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  • 321 Seiten
 
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978-1-5107-2849-3 (ISBN)
 
Many people think of wildlife as something distant, creatures living in natural forests and remote public preserves. But most wildlife in the United States isn't found in the distant wild. It lives on our private lands, in our very backyards. Because of this, America's ten million woodland owners are in fact at the forefront in protecting US wildlife for generations to come.
But while most landowners want to help preserve the beauty of the natural environment, most are unsure where to begin. In Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard, author and landowner Josh VanBrakle provides readers with 101 easy-to-follow activities and practical approaches to help do just that. Some projects include:
  • Installing a bat box
  • Making a food plot
  • Identifying trees that attract wildlife
  • Forming a brush pile
  • Assessing a stream's health
  • Building a pond
  • Learning bird calls
  • Planning a backyard scavenger hunt
    Complete with stunning wildlife photographs and an appendix of practical resources, Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard is an essential read for anyone who cares about the environment.
Josh VanBrakle is the Research Forester for the New York City Watershed Agricultural Council and has worked with private woodland owners for over five years. He holds an M.S. in Forest Resources Management from the State University of New York. He lives in the Catskills with his wife.
  • Front Cover
  • Half-Title Page
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Contents
  • Disclaimer
  • Acknowledgments
  • PART ONE: BEFORE YOU BEGIN
  • Chapter 1: Private Landowners and Wildlife: A Vital Connection
  • The Role of Private Landowners
  • What Are You Going to Do About It?
  • Chapter 2: What Do Wildlife Need, Anyway?
  • Food
  • Water
  • Cover
  • A Place to Raise Young
  • Space and Habitat
  • Doesn't Nature Provide This Stuff?
  • Chapter 3: Getting Started
  • Project 1. Make a Property Map
  • Project 2. Complete the Property Checklist
  • Project 3. Figure Out What's Missing
  • Project 4. Look Beyond Your Borders
  • Project 5. Find Out If Rare Animals or Plants Use Your Land
  • Project 6. Focus on Your Favorite Animals
  • Project 7. Think Small
  • Project 8. Make a Future Property Map
  • PART TWO: FOCUS ON HABITAT
  • Chapter 4: Backyards
  • Project 9. Replace Non-Native Ornamentals with Native Plants
  • Project 10. Rescue Native Plants from Construction Sites
  • Project 11. Decrease Your Lawn with Lawn Feathering
  • Project 12. Account for Lawn-Mowing Regulations
  • Project 13. Go Vertical with Layered Plants
  • Project 14. Install a Bat Box
  • Project 15. Build a Bee Nesting House
  • Project 16. Set Up Birdfeeders
  • Project 17. Recycle an Old Christmas Tree
  • Project 18. Add a Birdbath
  • Project 19. Protect Your Avian Visitors
  • Chapter 5: Grasslands, Shrublands, and Young Woods
  • Project 20. Site Your Young Woods
  • Project 21. Combine Adjoining Meadows
  • Project 22. Create Young Woods through Timber Harvesting
  • Project 23. Do a Clearcut (Gasp!)
  • Project 24. Make a Food Plot
  • Project 25. Install a Bluebird Box
  • Project 26. Build a Grouse Drumming Log
  • Project 27. Prune a Wild Apple Tree
  • Project 28. Maintain Your Young Woods
  • Project 29. Protect Ground-Nesting Birds from Mowing and Haying
  • Chapter 6: Old and Interior Woods
  • Project 30. Connect Isolated Woods with Corridors
  • Project 31. Learn the Four Types of Wildlife Trees
  • Wildlife Tree Type 1: Hard Mast
  • Wildlife Tree Type 2: Soft Mast
  • Wildlife Tree Type 3: Wolf Trees
  • Wildlife Tree 4: Cavity Trees
  • Project 32. Identify and Protect Legacy Trees
  • Project 33. Thin the Woods to Get Growth at Every Level
  • Project 34. Create Small Gaps
  • Project 35. Leave Dead Trees in Place
  • Project 36. Girdle a Tree
  • Project 37. Build a Brush Pile
  • Project 38. Don't Graze Livestock in the Woods
  • Chapter 7: Streams
  • The Three C's of Healthy Streams
  • C #1: Clean
  • C #2: Cold
  • C #3: Complex
  • Project 39. Assess Your Stream's Health
  • Project 40. Look for Stream Macroinvertebrates
  • Project 41. Create Old Woods around Your Streams
  • Project 42. Install BMPs like Waterbars to Reduce Trail Erosion
  • Project 43. Choose a Water- and Wildlife-Friendly Stream Crossing
  • Project 44: Let Your Streams Flood
  • Project 45. Add Wood to Your Streams
  • Project 46. Stream Restoration, Part 1: Stop Harmful Practices
  • Project 47. Stream Restoration, Part 2: Plant Trees
  • Project 48. Stream Restoration, Part 3: Stabilize Stream Banks
  • Project 49. Stream Restoration, Part 4: Willow Weaving
  • Chapter 8: Wetlands
  • Project 50. Find and Mark Your Wetlands
  • Project 51. Buffer Wetlands from Equipment and Development
  • Project 52. Improve Winter Food and Water Supplies by Thinning Seeps
  • Project 53. Install a Wood Duck Nesting Box
  • Project 54. Help a Muskrat
  • Project 55. Build a Pond, Step 1: Purpose
  • Project 56. Build a Pond, Step 2: Site
  • Project 57. Build a Pond, Step 3: Design
  • Project 58. Build a Pond, Step 4: Install
  • Project 59. Build a Pond, Step 5: Maintain
  • PART THREE: CHALLENGES TO WILDLIFE
  • Chapter 9: Invasive Plants
  • Project 60. Prevent: Use Native Landscaping
  • Project 61. Prevent: Clean Clothes, Gear, and Equipment after Going in the Woods
  • Project 62. Locate: Learn to Identify Common Invasive Plants
  • Project 63. Locate: Monitor Your Property
  • Project 64. Control: Decide What to Treat
  • Project 65. Control: Use Mechanical Removal
  • Project 66. Control: Use Herbicides (Carefully!)
  • Project 67. Control: Remove Vines
  • Project 68. Control: Bring in the Goat Cavalry
  • Project 69. Restore: Replant and Monitor
  • Chapter 10: Oh, Deer!
  • Project 70. Assess Deer Impact with a Simple Visual Assessment
  • Project 71. Stop Feeding Deer Corn
  • Project 72. Take Care with Hinge Cutting
  • Project 73. Keep Deer Out with Tree Tubes
  • Project 74. Keep Deer Out with Deer Fencing
  • Project 75. Hunt (Or Allow Hunting)
  • Project 76. Donate Venison
  • Project 77. Accept Predators
  • Chapter 11: Keeping Open Space Open
  • Project 78. Enroll in Your State's Property Tax Reduction Program
  • Project 79. Get a Conservation Easement
  • Project 80. Plan Your Legacy
  • PART FOUR: MAKING IT LAST
  • Chapter 12: Finding Funding
  • Project 81. Get a Management Plan-The Forest Stewardship Program
  • Project 82. Get Paid to Protect Your Streams-The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
  • Project 83. Get Help with On-the-Ground Projects-The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
  • Project 84. Get Technical Advice and Funding for Habitat Restoration-Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
  • Project 85. Get Low-Cost Seed for Food Plots and Tree Planting-The Wild Turkey Federation's Conservation Seed Program
  • Project 86. Connect with Local Groups for More Opportunities-Urban and Community Forestry
  • Chapter 13: Monitoring Your Work
  • Project 87. Keep a Nature Journal
  • Project 88. Do an Egg Carton Observation
  • Project 89. Use Photo Points and Time Lapse Photos
  • Project 90. Learn Bird Calls
  • Project 91. Learn Other Wildlife Signs
  • Project 92. Take Apart an Owl Pellet
  • Project 93. Install Trail Cameras
  • Night Image Type
  • Detection Zone
  • Trigger and Recovery Time
  • Battery Life
  • Cellular Capability
  • Megapixels
  • I Have My Camera. Now What?
  • Chapter 14: The Next Generation
  • Project 94. Turn over Fallen Logs
  • Project 95. Look and Listen for Spring Frogs
  • Project 96. Screen a Nighttime Bug Movie
  • Project 97. Go on an Owl Prowl
  • Project 98. Call a Turkey
  • Project 99. Do a Backyard Scavenger Hunt
  • Project 100. Encourage Free Play
  • Project 101. Involve and Inspire
  • Beyond the Book
  • State Resources
  • Property Checklist
  • Endnotes

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