The California Wildlife Habitat Garden (UC Press, August 2012), is available at local bookstores and on the Amazon and UC Press websites.
This practical guide explains how to transform backyard gardens into living ecosystems that are not only enjoyable retreats for humans, but also thriving sanctuaries for wildlife. Beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs, The California Wildlife Habitat Garden provides easy-to-follow recommendations for providing food, cover, and water for birds, bees, butterflies, and other small animals. In an engaging narrative that endorses simple and inexpensive methods of wildlife habitat gardening, Nancy Bauer discusses practices such as recycling plant waste on site, using permeable pathways, growing regionally appropriate plants, and avoiding chemical fertilizers and insecticides. She suggests ways of attracting pollinators through planting choices and offers ideas for building water sources and shelters for wildlife. A plant resource guide, tips for propagating plants, seasonal plants for hummingbirds, and host plants for butterflies round out The California Wildlife Habitat Garden, making it an indispensable primer for those about to embark on creating their own biologically diverse, environmentally friendly garden.
"Whether it's the pleasure of observing wildlife up close, the satisfaction of enhancing local habitat, or the kinetic energy that wild critters bring to a garden, growing a garden for wildlife adds new and exciting dimensions to even the smallest of spaces. With straightforward text, beautiful photography, clear directions, and profiles of successful wildlife gardens, Nancy Bauer leads us on a journey of discovery into the never-ending joys of gardening. "
-- Richard G. Turner, Jr., Editor Emeritus of Pacific Horticulture
"Nancy Bauer's book offers up a recipe for creating a wildlife habitat garden - which plants work well and how to provide for the needs of birds, insects and other wildlife. The profiles of private gardens are particularly helpful and offer encouragement to anyone wanting to design a dynamic, beautiful garden in harmony with nature."
-- Carol Bornstein, coauthor of California Native Plants for the Garden