Discover a whole new world of insects that provide food for birds that would not survive without a diversity of native plants in our backyard gardens. From grasshoppers to locusts, katydids to walking sticks, plant bugs to seed bugs, our very existence depends on them. This talk will help you understand the importance of our natural world of insects and why you should think twice about squashing a bug, and getting to work on incorporating more native plants in your garden.
With all the talk of wildlife gardening nowadays, most of the attention goes to birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects. But an equally compelling case can be made for enticing reptiles, amphibians, and bats into the garden. All are superb pest suppressants. Yet as urbanization advances across the landscape, some of them are threatened. Increasingly, they are creatures in need of sanctuary. Furthermore, we have come to understand that the more elements of a local ecosystem a garden contains, the more it becomes a healthy and desirable place. We may not want to throw the gates open to thieving raccoons or ravenous deer, but for the most part, these four guys will do no harm and an immense amount of good.