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Gardening for Wildlife

Dowling Community Garden has committed to improving wildlife habitat within the garden space by installing several bird nesting boxes and a bathouse. Please keep your eyes open for them in the garden, and respect any occupants.

What does Urban Wildlife Need?

Just like us, they want water, food, shelter, warmth, and a suitable place for a family. Here are a few things you can do to create a garden habitat that is a safe haven for wildlife:

The possibilities are endless and the wildlife will thank you.

Plants for Butterflies

Nectar sources: (*=best; A=annual; P=perennial; B=biennial; Sh=shrub)

Host Plants for Butterfly Larvae

Plants for Birds

A number of wildflowers produce seeds that are relished by birds particularly in late fall and early winter when other natureal supplies are decreasing. Curly dock, dandelino, burdock, goldenrod, and ragweed are particularly attractive to birds. Leave them standing throughout winter.

Shrubs and Woody Plants for Food and Habitat

Plants for Seed-Eating Birds

Nectar Plants for Hummingbirds


The complete version of Gardening for Wildlife is available as a PDF file. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. If you do not have this utility installed on your computer, you may download and install it from Adobe Acrobat Reader


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