Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife

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Texas A&M University Press, 2009 - Gardening - 131 pages
New edition of the popular Texas Parks & Wildlife book, now with fully searchable DVD containing all the plant and animal information you need to customize your backyard habitat.

Whether you have an apartment balcony or a multi-acre ranch, the Texas Wildscapes(tm) program provides the tools you need to make a home for all the animals that will thrive in the native habitat you create.

In Texas Wildscapes, Kelly Conrad Bender identifies the kinds of animals you can expect when you give them their three basic needs: food, water, and shelter. She then provides guidelines for designing and planting your yard or garden to best provide these requirements for the many birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates the environment will attract.

For those thousands of people already familiar with the old edition of Texas Wildscapes, the new book with its accompanying, easily navigable DVD will be a welcome supplement, providing a wealth of plant and animal lists, tables, pictures, and other detailed information in a fully searchable format.

This book can also help you earn official recognition for your conservation efforts from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Successful applicants will receive a personalized certificate and have the opportunity to receive a weatherproof sign for their landscaping accomplishments, as detailed in the book.

 

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Contents

Welcome to Wildscapimj
1
The Ecological Regions of Texas
8
The Basics of Wildlife Habitat
22
Designing Your Wildscape
32
Gardening Tips for Texas Critters
47
Common Texas Birds
56
Hummingbirds
65
Mammals Reptiles Amphibians
76
Insects Spiders
86
Garden Troubleshooting
95
Special Areas
106
Watch Out for Exotics
114
Glossary
121
Bibliography and Reading List
129
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About the author (2009)

KELLY CONRAD BENDER is an urban wildlife biologist for Central Texas in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The former coordinator of the Texas Wildscapes(tm) program, she is currently based in Bastrop, Texas, where she conducts research and workshops and manages public outreach projects.

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