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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Butterfly-less Butterfly Garden







We've had some nasty weather the past few days, but in between storms this morning I managed to get some pictures of the butterfly garden outside our children's room. Despite a number of bees and other flying bugs, I didn't see one butterfly! Maybe they know better than to fly in weather that changes from minute to minute (right now it is blowing like a hurricane and the rain is beyond cats and dogs stage).

Butterfly and wildlife friendly gardens are popular nowadays as people wake up to the fact that humans are destroying much of native species' habitats. If you want to help preserve wildlife for your kids and grandkids, think about planning a special garden for your yard. Do it today while the weather is lousy and you can't do anything outdoors! We have these titles and more on our shelves:

Butterfly Gardens: Luring Nature's Loveliest Pollinators to Your Yard
. [635.96 BUT]

Dennis, John V. How to Attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies. [635.96 DEN]

Needham, Bobbe. Beastly Abodes: Homes for Birds, Bats, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife. [690.892 NEE]

Stetson, Emily. Kids' Easy-to-Create Wildlife Habitats for Small Spaces in the City, Suburbs and Countryside. [J 639.92 STE]

To learn more about wildlife gardening, and to find out how to certify your garden as a "wildlife habitat," visit the National Wildlife Federation site.

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