Good habitat satisfies wildlife’s needs for food, water, shelter, and space.
Visit a Demonstration Garden — Get Inspired!
Habitat Certification Programs
Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary — Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Basic certification. If you are just getting started, this is a good resource for you.
Create a Sustainable Garden That Helps Wildlife — National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife.
This website explains everything that is necessary to create wildlife habitat. Once you have followed their guidelines to create a wildlife habitat, you can get your property certified, receive a certificate, and have the option to buy a sign to display.
Though it’s not necessary to get a landscape certified, it can be fun and a source of pride. Here are 3 good programs that provide guidance, and the reward of a printed certificate and/or yard sign.
Backyard Habitat Certification Program — Audubon Society of Portland & Columbia Land Trust.
All information on the website is available for anyone to use, but the certification program is only for Portland and some of its surrounding towns.
Attract Beneficial Insects — WSU Extension.
How to get beneficial insects like lady beetles to stay in your garden, and why you should want them to stay. Learn to identify insects, spiders, and mites with color photos.
Attract Beneficial Insects: Plant List — Goodnight Design.
Plant list and additional resources links.
Landscaping with Native Plants for Wildlife — Washington Native Plant Society
Resources for attracting wildlife with native plants
Attract Reptiles & Amphibians to Your Yard — Oregon State University Extension.
Reptiles and amphibians consume a lot of insects.
Bugs & Pests: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly — Clark County, WA.
Identifies common insects you may find in your garden. Helpful hints for encouraging good bugs and discouraging the bad bugs without the use of harmful chemicals.
NatureScaping of Southwest WA — NatureScaping of Southwest Washington.
NatureScaping has demonstration gardens at Wildlife Botanical Gardens and they sponsor classes. The website has helpful information about landscaping for wildlife.
Ponds & Birdbaths — Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.About providing water for wildlife.
Snags are wildlife habitats provided by dead and dying trees.
- Snags: Create a Habitat Snag — Wranglestar.
Normally we would warn against girdling trees because it kills the tree, but if you are deliberately killing the tree to create habitat, this video will show you how to do it.
Snags: The Wildlife Tree — Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.
More information about snags
Wildlife On White Oaks Woodlands — World Forestry Center, Portland, OR.
Great article with list of the MANY creatures who depend upon Garry Oak ecosystems for their survival.