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Old 08-28-2010, 06:06 PM   #1
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I got this book on loan from the local public library. It's in total agreement with Tallamy's book and is very reader friendly with great photos. Other than its failure of addressing alien worms, I don't think the staunchest extremest or most strict native gardener would find a problem with it. Highly recommended!

Not as comprehensive as Bringing Nature Home, yet, for a living room table quick read, it's the best I've seen. It is particularly effective in showing how to's. With great clarity it explains how to build native bee houses, wetland or ponds, brush piles, rock piles, and how to landscape most effectively for native wildlife in your particular area.

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"The best way to provide food is to preserve and restore the local native plant communities that have supported wildlife for thousands of years... Few species have a native distribution of the entire continent, so consult with your state's native plant community, natural resources agency, or local naturalists to determine which species naturally grow locally where you live."
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Old 08-28-2010, 09:46 PM   #2
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Amazon.com: National Wildlife Federation Attracting Birds, Butterflies & Backyard Wildlife (9781580111508): David Mizejewski, Glee Barre: Books
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I have this book and also give it two thumbs up. It duplicates a lot of what is in Tallamy's book, but is more accessible to the public, with lots of photos and directions for small projects to do as a family. If you are trying to get your friends and family on board with the gardening for wildlife concept, they are likely to be willing to leaf through this book and get hooked into reading it and then want to read in more depth.
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Old 08-29-2010, 05:36 PM   #4
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I have this book and also give it two thumbs up. It duplicates a lot of what is in Tallamy's book, but is more accessible to the public, with lots of photos and directions for small projects to do as a family. If you are trying to get your friends and family on board with the gardening for wildlife concept, they are likely to be willing to leaf through this book and get hooked into reading it and then want to read in more depth.
I agree. It's interesting to note that this book predates Tallamy's. Seems the NWF is at the cutting edge, which often doesn't happen with those movements afraid of alienating its readership. I like that the NWF tells it like it is and lets the chips fall where they may.
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Old 09-08-2010, 12:36 PM   #5
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Doug Tallamy will be the keynote speaker at the University of Wisconsin's Arboretum "How-To" conference on Sunday, September 19, 2010. I heard that he is a wonderful speaker and I am so looking forward to the conference. The Arboretum is located here is Madison.
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I'm very impressed with the book and it's author David Mizejewski, In fact he helped Martha Stewart set up Barn Owl housing on her horse ranch. The show I saw focused mostly on the horse barns but there was a segment about by having the owls there would less problems with rodents which are always attracted to the hay kept for the horses. Sounds like a better solution than feral cats which are easy prey for coyotes. NWF sent me that book about 5 years ago and it's my first go to book on attracting wildlife.
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Happy to say that david is still sharing the connection between habitat and some very rare animals.

He made an appearance on a queen latafia show and being the professional he was kept the show from turning into a zoo like some late night talk shows do.
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I'm not sure if this new work by Darke and Tallamy has been covered here, but I'll risk being repetitive, as I think the value of the content warrants it. The book is THE LIVING LANDSCAPE, and it has a wealth of valuable information, as well as two prefaces by both authors that are almost worth the cost of the book on their own.

Darke is the plant specialist and Tallamy the insect and bird specialist. Together, they make the work teem with interest; they make it fascinating. In addition, there is an abundance of great photos that made me lust to have the same look in my own yard.

http://www.amazon.com/Living-Landsca...ving+landscape
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I'm not sure if this new work by Darke and Tallamy has been covered here, but I'll risk being repetitive, as I think the value of the content warrants it. The book is THE LIVING LANDSCAPE, and it has a wealth of valuable information, as well as two prefaces by both authors that are almost worth the cost of the book on their own.

Darke is the plant specialist and Tallamy the insect and bird specialist. Together, they make the work teem with interest; they make it fascinating. In addition, there is an abundance of great photos that made me lust to have the same look in my own yard.

http://www.amazon.com/Living-Landsca...ving+landscape
I was debating about whether or not I should buy this book; I think you just convinced me that I need this book.
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