Wildlife enriches the lives of urban gardeners. As valuable habitat for wildlife decreases due to the accelerating pace of growth in our urban region, and poor water quality threatens salmon species, backyard habitats are ever more important. You can adopt gardening practices that have a positive impact on endangered salmon and on the water quality in your community, and help slow the loss of habitat in our region for birds and other wildlife.
Most potential "urban habitat" for birds and other wildlife is located not in public parks and greenbelts, but in the yards around privately owned homes. The amount of diversity of life in the urban areas directly reflects the gardening practices and plant choices of urban gardeners.
The information on this website will help you create a beautiful garden that requires less maintenance while providing valuable habitat for songbirds, butterflies, and dragonflies. You will find lists of plants and local resources and simple steps you can take to encourage more life in your garden. For more in-depth information, attend one of our workshops or consult our resources.
Check out our great publication!
We at Seattle Audubon are pleased whenever we can form a partnership that combines expertise and resources in the interest of the environment. Our publication does just that. Audubon At Home in Seattle: Gardening for Life is a 48-page softcover book that we published with our friends at the Science Office of the National Audubon Society. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave National Audubon a grant to develop a guide to healthy gardening practices. The EPA hoped that the product would serve as locally relevant, yet also be a nationally replicable template. NAS already knew of Seattle Audubon's fine Gardening for Life program and invited us to collaborate. The result - subtitled "An Inspirational Guide to Creating Healthy Habitat" - offers information, inspiration, practical wisdom from Seattle Audubon members and others, references, and even tips for how to persuade your local government to reduce pesticide usage. Take a look on-line, or pick up one free at the Seattle Audubon Nature Shop!
See Seattle Audubon's Native Plant List for Puget Sound (pdf) for a list of wildlife-friendly native plants.
Contributors included former Advocate for Wildlife Lauren Braden, volunteer and former intern Jennifer Leach, volunteer Marilyn Milberger, and local journalist Bob Simmons. Dan Drais provided editorial assistance.