Want to learn more? Visit these sites:
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
This is an excellent source of information, titled Landscaping For Butterflies in Maine.
USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Building Nest Structures, Feeders, and Photo Blinds for North Dakota Wildlife. If your computer has Adobe Acrobat, you can also download and then print the entire book, but be sure you have enough paper in your printer- it's 53 pages long.
University of Kentucky Entomology
This web site has a good introduction to butterfly gardens with pictures of butterflies and plants that they prefer.
University of Minnesota Extension Service
A great page on butterfly gardening.
Operation Ruby Throat
Describes and has pictures of ten native species that attract hummingbirds.
National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat Planner
Want to attract more birds, butterflies, and other creatures to your own backyard? Let National Wildlife Federation show you how.
West Virginia Department of Natural Resources
A small book of how to make your yard a wildlife habitat.
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
This site has good basic information on how to make and maintain a birdbath or small backyard pond.
Flowers and Pollination
California Native Plant Society
A good website about flower pollination.
Vanderbilt University Bioimages
This site has excellent flower pictures, and you can zoom in for a close-up look.
Eastern Connecticut State University
This web site is for older readers, but has lots of very interesting information about pollination and flower adaptations to animal pollinators.
Science News Online
This web page is for older readers. It discusses research on how smart butterflies and bees are when it comes to finding nectar.
Gardens for hummers.
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
Has cool facts about the ruby-throat, and a sound recording of it in flight.
For people interested in participating in their hummingbird migration study.
For older readers, this fascinating article describes the relationship between flower shape and hummingbird bills.
Ethan J. Temeles site
If your computer can support it this site has a great video clip of a hummingbird feeding at a jewelweed flower.
Information about hummingbird feeders.
Butterflies and Orchard Bees
Natural History Resources
This is the most detailed web page on butterflies (and moths).
This web page shows photos of a monarch butterfly caterpillar weaving its chrysalis and then emerging as an adult.
United States Geological Survey: Butterflies of North America - New Hampshire
Butterflies of New Hampshire, their identification, pictures, habits and habitats.
United States Geological Survey: Butterflies of North America - Maine
Butterflies of Maine, their identification, pictures, habits and habitats.
The Pollination Home Page
A site with lots of pollination information. This particular page has good photos of common types of bees that you may see at flowers.
Washington State University
This site has good information on, and pictures of, orchard mason bees and their nurseries in a block of wood.
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