Make a Home for Wildlife: Creating Habitat on Your Land Backyard to Many Acres

Make a Home for Wildlife: Creating Habitat on Your Land Backyard to Many Acres

by Charles Fergus


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Make a Home for Wildlife helps you see your property in new ways and is the resource you need to take the sometimes daunting steps to improve the quality of your land.
According to U.S. Forest Service, 250 million acres of woods and forests in the United States are privately held by 10 million individuals/families. Whether you live on a quarter-acre lot in the suburbs, own a 20-acre woodland retreat, run a farm of 100 acres, or belong to an outdoor club with hundreds or thousands of acres, you can make changes to the land—improvements that will turn your property into a better home for wildlife.
Habitat projects can be simple or complex, short-term or spanning decades. Cost can be minimal—a few hours of your time spent doing pleasant work in the outdoors—or can run into the hundreds or thousands of dollars. And there is funding to help landowners make wildlife habitat.
Focusing on the eastern US from Canada to Florida and west to the Great Plains, this book describes basic habitat types—forest, shrublands, grasslands, and wetlands—and highlights over 150 select native and introduced trees, shrubs, and plants, explaining how they are used—or not—by wildlife. The book includes more than 100 profiles of prominent and interesting species of insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals with information on animals and their habitat needs. Large and small mammals, resident and migratory birds, and insects are covered. Fergus relates stories of landowners who have made habitat in different states and regions in different ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811737722
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 344,632
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Charles Fergus has published 16 books on nature and wildlife, including The Wingless Crow and Thornapples: The Naturalist’s Year (collections of nature essays), Wildlife of Pennsylvania and the Northeast, Wildlife of Virginia and Maryland, Trees of Pennsylvania and the Northeast, Trees of New England, Common Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of the Northeast, and two books in Stackpole’s Wild Guides series: Bears and Turtles. A communications consultant for the Wildlife Management Institute, he helps produce publications, displays, and Best Habitat Management Practices guidebooks, and handles three websites about wildlife that need young forest habitat. Fergus has shared a nature column, “Crossings,” in Pennsylvania Game News magazine for the past 15 years; before that, he wrote the popular “Thornapples” column for the same magazine. In addition to his books, he has written about nature and wildlife for publications including Country Journal, Highlights for Children, Audubon, and the New York Times. He lives in East Burke, Vermont.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 You Can Make a Difference 1

Landowner Story: An Island of Habitat in a Sea of Farmland 4

Chapter 2 Wildlife and Habitat Basics 11

Wildlife Sketch: Turtle Time 14

Chapter 3 Get to Know Your Land and Explore Its Potential 22

Wildlife Sketch: Biding Time 24

Chapter 4 Forests for Wildlife 37

Wildlife Sketch: Mood Music 42

Landowner Story: The Music in the Pinelands 46

Chapter 5 Grasslands for Wildlife 65

Landowner Story: Bringing Bobolinks Back to New England 66

Chapter 6 Shrublands for Wildlife 81

Wave the Foliar Flag 84

Landowner Story Teaming Up to Help Woodcock and Trout 88

Chapter 7 Wetlands for Wildlife 96

Wildlife Sketch: The Chorus at Oak Pond 98

Landowner Story: "Pterodactyls" and the Muck 100

Chapter 8 Special Habitat Features 111

Wildlife Sketch: A Perilous and Uncertain World 114

Chapter 9 A Plague of Invasives 123

Landowner Story: Heeding a Shrubland Helps an Endangered Rabbit 126

Chapter 10 Habitat Around Your House 140

Chapter 11 Helping Birds 150

Landowner Story: A Return to Birdsong and Wildflowers 152

Wildlife Sketch: Tyrants Rule 162

Chapter 12 Helping Other Wildlife 169

Landowner Story: In the Words or Wisconsin Landowners 174

Wildlife Sketch: Respect 180

Chapter 13 Enjoy Your Habitat! 184

Wildlife Sketch: Spring Fling 188

Index 191

About the Author 203

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