Factsheets and Reference Guides

These resources are meant for quick reference. 

Quickstart Guides for Native Species & Wildlife Habitat

AUDUBON AT HOME: CREATING WILDLIFE HABITAT

Visit the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia website to learn the basics of how to create healthy wildlife habitat.

HABITAT NETWORK: GET STARTED

Habitat Network is a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of wildlife habitat. They collect data by asking individuals across the country to literally draw maps of their backyards, parks, farms, etc and can connect you with tools to make better decisions about how to manage landscapes sustainably.

PLANT NOVA NATIVES QUICK RESOURCE GUIDE

Plant NOVA Natives is the joint marketing campaign of a grand coalition of non-profit, governmental, and private groups, all working to reverse the decline of native plants and wildlife in Northern Virginia.

US FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE BAYSCAPES

BayScaping can be as simple as a few native potted plants on your balcony, or as elaborate as tearing up your whole lawn and replacing it with native planting beds.

BARGAIN BASEMENT BOBWHITES

You don’t have to be made of money to create quail habitat. This short eBook covers the ins and outs of quail biology, population health, and creating great habitat cheaply. While no two properties are the same, you can easily adapt the habitat management strategies outlined in this book to fit YOUR property and provide all of the essential habitat components that quail need to thrive. Remember to contact your local wildlife professionals for assistance—they are always glad to help, and don’t be afraid to ask about financial assistance for habitat projects!

 

Topical Factsheets and Tools

BLUE RIDGE PRISM INVASIVE PLANT FACTSHEETS

Visit this site to view detailed downloadable factsheets on plant invaders like Autumn Olive, Japanese Stiltgrass, Kudzu, and Oriental Bittersweet.

GRASS AND SHRUBLAND BIRDS OF VIRGINIA // BUMBLEBEES OF VIRGINIA // GRASSLAND PLANTS OF VIRGINIA // BRINGING BACK THE BUTCHER BIRD: LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE RECOVERY PROGRAM PAMPHLET

VWL has created pamphlets that illustrate key grassland pollinators, birds, and plants that are important to grassland conservation.

THE POWER OF THE PALETTE: A TOOL TO GUIDE PLANTING DECISIONS

Read this article to learn about using planting palettes to improve the planning process for your native garden and ensure that your garden will always be in bloom. At the end of the article, you’ll find a blank planting palette you can download, print, and use to create your own garden blueprint.

 

How to Find it Locally

GO NATIVE GO LOCAL

This interactive, map-based guide provides a listing of businesses, most of them near the Virginia Piedmont, that offer products and services that promote our native biodiversity.

YOUR LOCAL RESOURCES FROM THE HABITAT NETWORK

Want resources collected just for you, and your backyard habitat? Check out this interactive map from the Cornell Lab's Habitat Network. Just type in your zip code and hit enter and you will be shown a list of resources specific to your ecoregion and plant hardiness zone. These resources include pollinator guides, local eBird reports, locations of community gardens and nurseries near you, and more..

 

Searchable Databases with Detailed Species Accounts

CHESAPEAKE BAY NATIVE PLANT CENTER SEARCHABLE DATABASE

This plant database lets you search for native species by region, plant type, sun exposure, soil texture/moisture, and more to help you find exactly the right plant for your home garden.

LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is The University of Texas at Austin’s botanic garden. The Center’s website provides a full range of information, including the most comprehensive guide to North American native plants in existence, a searchable database of more than 9,000 native plants, 43,000 plant images, answers to plant and natural gardening questions, and more.

USDA PLANTS DATABASE

The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

 

More Links 

VIRGINIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY'S HELPFUL LINKS

The Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS), founded in 1982 as the Virginia Wildflower Preservation Society, is a nonprofit organization of individuals who share an interest in Virginia’s native plants and habitats. 

VA DEPT OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES: PRIVATE LANDS BIOLOGISTS

Wondering what opportunities exist for quail management on your property? Already have some areas devoted to quail, but are looking for suggestions on how to make them better? Contact a Private Lands Biologist!

VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS HOMEPAGE

The mission of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and its Foundation is to provide and promote leadership in the conservation of natural resources through stewardship and education programs. The VASWCD and its Foundation coordinates conservation efforts statewide to focus on issues identified by local member districts, and providing leadership and training, improving communication, promoting financial independence, and providing cohesive representation to legislative bodies on natural resource issues.

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