Your wildlife backyard can be your most entertaining and enjoyable place in the world. You'll be amazed at the circle of entertainment that you've created when you provide food, water, shelter and places for wildlife to raise their young.


The section on Birds has information about the types of food sources we choose to feed birds. You'll also find information on the natural enemies of our native birds and how you can protect them from these enemies. The Nest Boxes section shows pictures of various nest boxes along with the nests with eggs while the Nest Materials section discusses types of nesting materials you can provide. There are many ways to provide shelter besides nest boxes and shrubs and the Shelter section discusses some other types of shelters you might want to include in your backyard wildlife habitat. Of course, water is a priority for a well-designed habitat. In the section on Water, you'll find ways to attract birds and other wildlife into your yard using the water element.

Native Plants

Native plants are essential for a complete eco-system in your backyard wildlife habitat. Within this section, there is a list of Pacific Northwest native plants for hummingbirds; links to identification, propagation and landscaping with Pacific Northwest native plants; links to planting natives with specific wildlife in mind; along with the benefits of naturescaping.

Getting Certified

The National Wildlife Federation has certified over 50,000 Backyard Wildlife Habitats (BWH). Getting your property, school or business certified is an important first step towards preserving our native birds, wildlife and plants.


Consider becoming a National Wildlife Federation Volunteer for their Backyard Wildlife Habitat program and help promote native birds, wildlife and plants in your area.