Restoring Wildlife Habitat

Whether you live in urban, suburban or rural areas, you can make a positive impact on native plants and wildlife. Help us boost biodiversity, productivity and environmental quality across the Piedmont.


Managing Wetlands for Wildlife

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Wetlands, including seeps and springs, serve as important areas of habitat for aquatic and terrestrial animals, and provide the important ecological function of filtering sediment and pollution before they reach the watershed. Wetlands are most effective in their ecological function ...
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Managing Your Pesticide Use

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If you must spray chemicals on your property, you can take steps to 'manage' your pesticide use. Pesticides can kill pollinator or at the least negatively affect their pollination and reproduction behaviors. Labels only mention potential dangers to honey bees, ...
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Pollinator-Friendly Plants for Aquatic and Riparian Areas

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List of wetland plants that also support pollinators, (E) denotes that the plant is a quick rooting robust soil stabilizer. Riparian Plants Common Name, Scientific Name Willows, Salix spp. (E) Rhododendron, Rhododendron maximum (E) Spiraea, Spiraea alba (E) Button bush, Cephalanthus occidentalis (E) Winterberry, Ilex verticillata (E) Royal fern, Osmunda regalis ...
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Creating Pollinator Habitat

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It begins with providing a diversity of native plant species that offer an ongoing sequence of open flowers from early spring to fall. Early spring pollinators have the biggest challenge in finding enough nectar and pollen to provide sufficient nutrition ...
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Web Resources for Creating Habitat

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Helpful links related to creating habitat, particularly backyard habitats: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries: Habitat for Wildlife National Wildlife Federation: Certified Wildlife Habitat Program The Metropolitan Field Guide: Backyard Habitat Design Links Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation ...
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