Want to share your yard with birds and other wildlife?
parks, natural areas and greenways are important habitat for birds, deer and
other wildlife. Home, school and business landscapes can provide
wildlife habitat, too.
Landscaping with native plants provides food and shelter for local
songbirds and other wildlife, reduces the need for water and chemical pest
control, and increases the biodiversity of the urban environment.
Bellingham has a long history of people landscaping for wildlife beginning in
the mid 1980's. Bellingham was certified as the nation's 37th
certified Community Wildlife Habitat in March of 2010 by the National
Certifying your yard, school or business helps Bellingham keep its
Wildlife Habitat Features
- Food sources - native plants with seeds, fruits, nuts, berries,
- Water sources - birdbath, pond, stream, water garden
- Places for cover - thickets, hedge rows, rock piles
- Places to raise young - dense shrubs, different layers of
vegetation, nesting box, pond
- Sustainable gardening - using mulch, compost, rain garden,
Landscaping for Wildlife
Using Native Plants
Why use native plants?
Native plants are adapted to this climate with its late dry summer and wet
winter. Maintaining native plants is generally easier as they are
naturally most pest resistant. Over time, native plants have evolved
features to attract wildlife for pollination and seed-dispersal. In
turn, the native flora provide food, shelter and places to raise young.
Due to this interdependence, providing native flora means supporting native
Certifying your Yard
The Washington Department
of Fish and Wildlife
Visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for information about
the Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Program.
National Wildlife Federation: Back Yard Basics
The National Wildlife Federation provides plenty of information for creating
backyard, school, and community habitats.