Resources and References


Attracting Native Pollinators, Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies, The Xerces Society Guide, 2011, Storey Publishing, ISBN 978-1-60342-695-4

Bringing Nature Home by Douglas Tallamy, 2007, ISBN-13: 978-0-88192-992-8    

This book discusses the startling differences between the number of (mostly insect) species that are hosted by nativeplants, versus the number hosted by alien plants.  The latter number is generally at or near zero for decades, even centuries, after the introduction of the alien; while the former number can range anywhere from a few score to hundreds. Fascinating chapter titles include Who Cares about Biodiversity?, Why Can’t Insects Eat Alien Plants?, What Is Native and What Is Not? and Gardening for Insect Diversity.  See also the appendices Native Plants with Wildlife Value and Host Plants of Butterflies and Showy Moths. 

Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants: How to Attract and Identify Butterflies, Christoper Kline, 2012, First Sky Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-63220-288-8, ebook ISBN 978-1-63220-930-6

The Chesapeake Watershed: A sense of Place and A Call To Action by Ned Tillman,  2009, ISBN-13: 978-0-9823049-0-7
This book is a beautiful ramble through the Chesapeake watershed, highlighting from personal history the changes that have been taking place over the last 30 years, including the impact on geography, wildlife, and human lifestyle.  He suggests concrete actions for restoration and preservation.

Children's book: On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole, 2007, ISBN-13: 978-0-06056481-0

 This delightful picture book for 4-8 year olds shows the transition of a suburban street from lawns to meadows through the   efforts of the central character, Caroline.

Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants, Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guides, C. Colston Burrell, 2007, ISBN 13: 978-1-889538-74-7

Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping, Chesapeake Bay Watershed, 2012, US Fish and Wildlife Service, on-line at

Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, Lawrence Newcomb, 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN 978-0-316-60442-0

Pollinators of Native Plants, Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants, Heather Holm, 2014, Pollination Press LLC, ISBN: 978-0-9913563-0-0

Saving The Places We Love, Paths to Environmental Stewardship, Ned Tillman, 2014, The Chesapeake Book Company, ISBN: 978-0-9823049—7-6

The Forest Unseen, A Year’s Watch in Nature, David George Haskell, 2012, Viking, ISBN 978-0-670-02337-0

 *The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and biodiversity in the Home Garden, Rick Darke and Douglas Tallamy, Timber Press, ISBN-10: 1604694084, ISBN-13: 9781604694086.

 The Nature-scaping Work-Book: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard, Beth O’Donnell Young, 2011, Timber Press, Inc. ISBN 978-1-60469-118-4

 *The Soil Will Save Us, Kristin Ohlson, 2014, Rodale Press, ISBN 978-1-60961-554

***US Fish and Wildlife Service publication Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed

This resource is a native plant guide.  Including pictures, it gives the appropriate habitat for sun, shade and water conditions.

  This is the online version of the above Fish and Wildlife Publication above.

Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council
Both a resource and a place to get involved.

    This is the Master Gardener's site.

    This is the University of Maryland Home and Garden Information site.  They answer plant and "pest" questions. 
    Information on native plant species from the UMD Home and Garden Information site.
   The web site of the Maryland Native Plant Society.
   *It has a list of Maryland Native Plant Nurseries.

              Make your yard a sanctuary for all living beings.

     Stay up-to-date on Chesapeake Bay environmental issues.

    The Montgomery County Watershed Site

     This is a New England based Ecological Landscaping association.
     A gardening blog at the Howard County Conservancy

                The American Society of Landscape Architects has a wonderful animation about  "Sustainable Landscapes"

     A gardening guide from Kings County, Washington State that has some good advice and resources.

Information about Pollinators and Pollinator Decline:

Information about Butterflies and other Pollinators

 Butterflies of Maryland: A Biological Summary and Checklist

 Howard County Bird Club Howard County Bird Club:

 The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation:

 National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program:

 North American Butterfly Association:

 US Fish and Wildlife Service, Pollinator Information:

Articles on Pollinator Decline: 

A timeline of pollinator decline since 1994

An excellent summary of the problem with a comprehensive list of possible causes of pollinator decline.

(this is a registration site for a 2011 course, but contains good information pertinent to Maryland)

Governor Martin O'Malley signed the Pesticide Reporting and Information Workgroup Act into law on May 16 

Have you had your yard certified Bay Wise by the Howard County Extension office