The Garden is a wildlife habitat. It provides food, water, space (territory), and shelter for birds, butterflies, squirrels, bees and other insects. Numerous bird species use the Garden. Twelve species of birds have been photographed by Hubert J. Steed including Northern Cardinal, Mockingbird, Thrasher, Catbird, Mourning Dove, Pigeon, American Robin, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Hermit Thrush, Sparrow (House & White-throated) and European Starling.
Butterflies are regularly attracted to the Garden. Steed has photographed Red Admiral and American Lady butterflies.
"Fifty years ago there was a widespread belief that gardens, highly managed and dominated by alien plants, provided few resources for native animals. However, as published reports of wildlife in domestic gardens began to accummulate, it became clear that the value of urban gardens for biodiversity may be substantial....While gardens will never replace species-rich semi-natural habitats, they are nevertheless a useuful complement to such habitats and, moreoever, increasingly provide urban residents with their only close encounters with the natural world." (Cameron et al., 2012)If you would like to learn more about wildlife habitat, visit the National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat website.
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