Are birds and butterflies attracted to your yard or garden? Like people, birds and butterflies require food, water and shelter. Like people, they prefer that their food and water be close to where they live. And like people, they favor certain types of homes and certain types of food. If you plant to meet their needs, then they will flock or flutter to your garden.
Creating Inviting Habitats, written by MGNV member and Extension Master Gardener Mary Free, examines the habitat requirements for birds, hummingbirds and butterflies common to our local area. In fact, most of the plants and wildlife were photographed in Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia. The publication also provides an overview of planning your garden space to accommodate birds and butterflies as well as additional resources and references. This publication is available below as a PDF, in ePub and iBook formats from Virginia Cooperative Extension or downloaded free on iTunes.