Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest

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Review: Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest By Russell Link Reviewed by Jeff Alger Kansas State University, USA Link, Russell. Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1999. 320 pp. ISBN 0-295-97820-1 (paperback). US$29.95

Have you ever wanted to attract birds or butterflies into your backyard but were not sure what plants were most effective? Have you spent many an evening staring at your unoccupied bat house and wondered why there were no bats living in it? How often have you thought about putting in a small pond or wetland area but did not quite know how to go about it? These questions and many more are answered by Russell Link in Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest.

Link provides a wealth of information in the twenty-three chapters and five appendices in Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. Published in cooperation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the book focuses on techniques of landscaping with an aim at providing habitat and attracting species of birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and even fish that are found in Pacific Northwest ecosystems. Many of these techniques, however, are applicable throughout the United States provided you use plants that do well in your particular hardiness zone.

Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest is broken up into five parts with numerous chapters in each part. Part One discusses landscape design for wildlife habitat and maintenance of the habitat once it is created. Part Two looks at the wildlife of the Pacific Northwest including descriptions, color photos and behavior. Part Three discusses special features for wildlife landscapes such as ponds, bat houses, dead trees, etc. …

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