A habitat is the natural home or environment of a plant, animal, or other organism. It provides the organisms that live there with food, water, shelter and space to survive and raise their young. Check back soon - we're working on ideas for feeding wildlife with native plants, creating wildlife shelters for 4 seasons, providing clean and safe year-round water sources , and how a messy yard can be a wildlife friendly yard. Meanwhile, enjoy the photos of wildlife feasting on native plants and scroll down for a  Wildlife Plant List from Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, Gardening for Songbirds from Plant Nova Natives, and a video on Keystone Species by the Virginia Master Gardeners.

Feed Wildlife with Native Plants

Red-banded leafhopper (Graphocephala coccinea) by Judy Gallagher [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

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Create a Welcoming Habitat for Wildlife

Photo Credit: Tim Sackton [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) feeding on cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis). 

Photo by Jim Emery of a yellow-rumped warbler (Setophaga coronata)  feasting on the fruit of an eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) - while showing off the bright yellow rump that gave the bird its name.