The Winter Wildlife Garden

Birds in the Winter Wildlife Garden

Just because it feels so cold in so many areas of the country does not mean that activity stops in your beautiful habitat garden. In fact, your garden plays a crucial role in helping wildlife survive the winter.

So I’ve gathered together some great resources to help you make your wildlife garden a haven for the animals of your area.

Winter Berries for Birds

Beautiful Native Shrubs for Birds: Winterberry Holly

Toyon (California Holly) for Beautiful Winter Berries

Pigeonberry, Pretty in Shade

Berry Producing Shrubs for Overwintering Birds

Fall Planting for Winter Wildlife Food

Not All Berries are Created Equal

Winter Food

Gambel Oak Gives Food and Beauty

Osage Orange Memories

Ponderosa Pines are Great Natives

Bread is NOT Bird Food

Winter Value of Plants

Seed Heads Provide Food and Focal Points

Leave those Dead Trees Standing

Windbreaks for Wildlife

The Value of Trees to Wildlife

Water for Wildlife

Wildlife Needs Water Too

How to Provide Water for Birds When the Birdbath Freezes

Autumn Preparation

Autumn Cleanup in the Wildlife Garden

Leave Those Leaves

Who Lives in the Leaves in winter?

I Am the Lorax, I Speak for the Leaves

Your local fauna needs food, water, and shelter at all times of the year. It’s easy to provide those things in your garden by planting a wide variety of native trees, shrubs, and perennials that produce seeds, nuts, berries, and attract insects.

Evergreens provide food and shelter, shelter that is a much needed commodity as the cold winds begin to blow.

Giving a little back to wildlife in your garden is especially important in winter. How do you help wildlife in your winter garden?

Carole Sevilla Brown lives in Philadelphia, PA, and she travels the country speaking about Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife. Check out her new free online course Ecosystem Gardening Essentials, 15 free lessons delivered to your inbox every week.

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  1. says

    Carole, I am so glad you’ve written this. I was going through the older posts and thinking what a talented and dedicated group of gardeners have come together to support wildlife gardening. It’s been an honor to be a part of the group. Right now, I’m providing water and keeping the feeders full. But, there’s still plenty of seeds in the garden, acorns, nuts and berries on the trees and shrubs and leaves on the ground. I think they’re pretty happy out there. gail
    Gail Eichelberger recently posted..Hyper Colored Hypericum for Wildflower Wednesday

    • says

      Thanks, Gail! I was looking through some of the other posts and noticing that we’ve accumulated a wonderful resource here. I wanted to pull some together on this theme of the winter wildlife garden so that people can refer to them all in one place.

      And with all those seeds, acorns, nuts and berries that you’ve been showing off, I’m not surprised at all that your birds and other wildlife are happy! Good job with that.
      Carole recently posted..Bread is NOT Bird Food

  2. Reece says

    Hey Carole,

    I appreciate your great work of keeping the wildlife as “wildlife”. I have to be honest, I have also viewed your last post, and some of the wildlife garden photos you have are amazing! They are so beautiful and colourful, as that is God himself has created the World. I don’t want to go into too much detail, however I see it this way. I strongly believe how God has created the universe, humans and the nature itself is by his own will.

    Besides that, thank you for sharing those links above, winter wildlife garden’s look so beautiful. I highly respect you and your group!

  3. says

    Nice compilation Carole!

    While here in Florida our birds don’t rely as heavily on the fruits, etc since our insect population is around all year, this resource list sure would have come in handy when I was back in New York. There also is plenty of valuable information in all the articles which can apply to our beautiful Florida wildlife gardens, especially concerning leaving leaves and holding off on yard cleanup until spring. Thanks for sharing!
    Loret recently posted..Sweet and graceful

    • says

      Loret, ya’ll are so lucky down there in the warm south! Your gardens play a vital role not only for all of the birds who live there year-round, but also for the many species that pass through on their migration. Your gardens are like the first line of defense in protecting all of our migratory birds. Keep up the great work down there!
      Carole recently posted..Bread is NOT Bird Food


  1. […] As we move toward the true start of winter I look forward to having a few blankets of snow to wrap around my house and my wildlife garden.  One thing’s for sure, the blanket of snow makes a perfect setting for playing the game “who’s been walking in my yard!”  Many great things can be found in the winter wildlife garden. […]

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