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NATIVE PLANTS

Creating Wildlife Habitat with Native Plants
                 Bibliography
    ...the value and identification of native plants and animals,


We acknowledge with gratitude the work of Louise Engelstad, Pennington County Master Gardener who developed this bibliography resource which we use with her permission. Her comments about selected books follow in parenthesis. (All publications on this site are available through Amazon.com and other on-line book vendors.)

Answering the question: Why have native plants in the environment?

Bringing Nature Home, Tallamy, Douglas.  Timber press, 2009. (one of my favorites)

     A second edition of Tallamy's book has just been released with expanded text and more photographs. His work is being broadly felt in all aspects of horticulture from the home gardener to the landscaper to influencing the plant selections in nurseries and greenhouses. He stresses the importance of the vital connection between the native plant-native insect-native birds and mammals. Stated simply - our native birds and insects are not evolved to use alien or introduced plants as a food source. Introduced plants are out competing the natives and our environment is losing both native plant material and the life forms it supports.



Answering the question: How do I create a habitat for natives?
 

 Landscaping for wildlife. Henderson, Carrol.  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 1987. (one of my favorites)

Wild about birds: the DNR bird feeding guide. Henderson, Carrol. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 1995.

Welcoming wildlife to the garden: creating backyard and balcony habitats for wildlife. Johnson, Catherine, Susan McDiarmid, and Edward Turner.Hartley and Marks, 2002.

The Backyard birdhouse book: building nestboxes and creating natural habitats. Laubach, Rene and Christyna.Storey books, 1998.

Beastly abodes: homes for birds, bats, butterflies and other backyard wildlife. Needham, Bobbe. Sterling/Lark, 1995. (one of my favorites)

Sharing your space: A Homeowner’s guide to attracting backyard wildlife. South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks, 1995.

Attracting birds to your backyard: 536 ways to turn your yard and garden into a haven for your favorite birds.  Roth, Sally. Rodale Press, 1998.

Bird gardening book: the complete guide to creating a bird-friendly habitat in your backyard. Stokes, Donald and Lillian. Little, Brown and Company, 1998.

The Blue bird book: the complete guide to attracting bluebirds. Stokes, Donald and Lillian. Little, Brown and Company, 1991.


Answering the question: What are these wonderful inhabitants?

A Field guide to South Dakota turtles. Bandas, Sarah, and Kenneth Higgins. South Dakota State University, 1994.

California Center of Wildlife. Living with wildlife: how to enjoy, cope with, and protect North America’s wild creatures around your home and theirs. Sierra Club Books, 1994.

Field guide to South Dakota amphibians. Fischer, T.D., D.C. Backland, K.F. Higgins, and D.E. Naugle. South Dakota State University, 1999.

 Insects and gardens: in pursuit of a garden ecology. Grissell, Eric.Timber press, 2001.

Wild neighbors: the humane approach to living with wildlife. The Humane Society of the United States. Fulcrum Publishing, 1997.

Field guide to butterflies of South Dakota. Marrone, Gary. South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks, 2002.

Butterfly book: the complete guide to butterfly gardening, identification, and behavior. Stokes, Donald and Lillian. Little, Broan and Company, 1991. (one of my favorites)

South Dakota snakes: a guide to snake identification. Thompson, Steve, and Doug Backland. South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks, no date.


Answering the question: What is that plant?

 Mushrooms and other fungi: of the Black Hills and surrounding area. Gabel, Audrey and Elaine Ebbert.Black Hills State University Press, 2004.

Grassland plants of South Dakota and the northern Great Plains. Johnson, James and Gary Larsen. Bulletin B566 (revised). South Dakota State University, 1999. (can’t do without this one!)

Plants of the Black Hills and Bear Lodge Mountains. Larson, Gary E. and James R. Johnson. Bulletin B732. South Dakota State University, 1999. (can’t do without this one!)

Wildflowers of Montana. Schiemann, Donald Mountain Press Publishing, 2005.

South Dakota weeds. South Dakota Department of Agriculture, 2002.

Weeds of the West. University of Wyoming, 2006.

Seeds of wildland plants: collecting, processing and germinating. Young, James and Cheryl Young.Timber Press, 1986.




News

Shade and gardens.  My mind has been turned to the subject of fruit and shade trees in a garden. There are those who say that trees shade the garden too much, and interfere with the growth of the vegetables. There may be something in this: but when I go down the potato rows, the rays of the sun glancing upon my shining blade, the sweat pouring from my face, I should be grateful for shade. What is a garden for? The pleasure of man. I should take much more pleasure in a shady garden. Am I to be sacrificed, broiled, roasted, for the sake of the increased vigor of a few vegetables? The thing is perfectly absurd. 

      If I were rich, I think I would have my garden covered with an awning, so that it would be comfortable to work in it. It might roll up and be removable, as the great awning of the Roman Coliseum was,—not like the Boston one, which went off in a high wind. Another very good way to do, and probably not so expensive as the awning, would be to have four persons of foreign birth carry a sort of canopy over you as you hoed. And there might be a person at each end of the row with some cool and refreshing drink. Agriculture is still in a very barbarous stage. I hope to live yet to see the day when I can do my gardening, as tragedy is done, to slow and soothing music, and attended by some of the comforts I have named. These things come so forcibly into my mind sometimes as I work, that perhaps, when a wandering breeze lifts my straw hat, or a bird lights on a near currant-bush, and shakes out a full-throated summer song, I almost expect to find the cooling drink and the hospitable entertainment at the end of the row. But I never do. There is nothing to be done but to turn round, and hoe back to the other end.

from My Summer in a Garden